Beautiful Celtic-inspired barn owl art print...
My barn owl artwork is inspired by the beautiful and ethereal snowy-white barn owls that we often see in the fields near home.
In late winter, we sometimes see them around dawn and dusk – but sometimes, even in full daylight, quartering the fields and hunting for mice to feed their chicks, recently hatched.
Even in sunlight the barn owl seems to have an otherworldly and somewhat ghostly presence – a pallor that’s outside of our everyday world.
In folklore, the owl is often associated with the Otherworld and darkness – but also with being clear-sighted, all-knowing, and wise.
The owl is associated with the goddess of wisdom – Athena in the Greek tradition, Sulis in the Celtic tradition, and Minerva for the Romans. Sulis was the Celtic goddess of justice, echoing the perception of the owl’s knowing wisdom.
In the Celtic legend the ‘Quest for Olwen’, the owl is encountered as one of the five oldest beasts on Earth, symbolising the owl’s ancient knowledge and enduring wisdom.
In Scotland, the owl is the ‘Cauilleach-oidche gheal’ – “the white old woman of the night” – and is often associated with the ‘crone’ or ‘old-woman’ aspect of the Celtic triple goddess, or the ‘Cailleach’ who was the Gaelic goddess of winter…
Winter was a time viewed by the Celts not just as a time of the death of the old year but equally the rebirth of the new.
So the owl represents a time of transition – a maturing, a gaining of wisdom – a time when you might experience the ending of a particular, familiar way of living or thinking…
But equally so, the intellect, wisdom and clear-sightedness of the owl is to allow you to step forward into a new way of thinking or a new way of life – a rebirth.
The owl represents a clarity of understanding of oneself and one’s situation – the intellect and wisdom to see true, and the patience and determination to travel through the dark of winter to achieve the light of a new start in order to reach one’s true potential.
My barn owl is paired with Hellebore flowers, traditionally associated with clear-mindedness and intelligence – and even, through its evergreen foliage and the new buds appearing in late winter or spring, the idea of rebirth.
The hellebore was sometimes linked with the magical power of invisibility – a power that the beautiful barn owl seems also to share!
I work digitally with my drawings in Adobe Illustrator to create the artwork - click the images above to see them larger...
I created my Celtic barn owl at a time when life held big changes for me – health, personal loss, finances, and creativity. Creating her, and meditating on how we can use our own personal wisdom – our own intuition – to guide us through life’s trials so that we can aim to emerge older, stronger, and wiser on the other side…
A rebirth of our own selves as well as of situation.
May my barn owl bring you clarity, wisdom, and maturity, as well as the patience and determination to step into a new way of being...
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Buy my Celtic Barn Owl artwork as an archival-quality fine art print in my online store with worldwide delivery.
She's also available printed onto a wide range of products, home decor and accessories including curtains, duvet sets, throw blankets, mugs, bags, T-shirts, phone cases, coasters and more at Redbubble....
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Author: Lotti Brown
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