This picture shows a barn owl sitting in the bare branches of a tree. Barn owls are seen as bad omens in some cultures, whilst in others they are viewed as symbols of luck. I first came across owls being lucky when I visited Dijon in France as a child (There is a small stone owl carved into a corner of the oldest church in Dijon, France. His face has seen better days and he’s less than a foot tall, but for over three centuries he’s had a big job: granting wishes to all who reach up and stroke his little face.). I wanted the title of this piece to reflect some of the mysticism surrounding these beautiful birds so decided on The Sorcerer's Apprentice.
This piece is presently for sale unframed but mounted.
Measurements are: 56 x 36cm (actual picture size), 76 x 51cm (mounted size)
With thanks to Phil Gower for an excellent reference photo.
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