This week the Inspiration Avenue Challenge theme was Owls... Owls!!! Now on doing and image search on line it would appear there are people out there who believe that owls are gentle cute creatures, who would make sweet little drawings and things.... but I have to be up front and say that owls freak the living daylights out of me.
They are not cute, they have talons and stare like nothing else, and they eat all sorts of little critters and they just hang there looking all silent and knowing. Some people hate clowns, but for me it is owls. Clowns are funny, they make balloon animals, and yes Stephen King wrote It about them and cashed in on people's clown phobias, but I think they get a bad rap. Twenty clowns in a mini is hilarious, whereas twenty owls in a car... that is a Hitchcock plot just waiting to happen!
Owls must have a much better PR firm than clowns because somehow people don't seem to see the evil lurking there, people draw and paint them in a cute and harmless way, and they adorn pencil cases and cards and notepads. I swear if I got a card with an owl on it, no matter how cute, and no matter how much I had previously liked the person giving it, I would be thinking twice about any future dealings with that person!
So the moral is I have spent a very stressful few days facing yet another nemesis - Inspiration Avenue will challenge you in ways you never imagined it turns out!!! I drew and painted the above work from a picture, because there is no way I could face the real thing, and managed to find a poem by Baudelaire which acknowledged the creepy nature of owls, so I worked that in as well. There is a man who knows what the story is. I feel strong and brave having faced it and come out the other side, and I know I will be facing them all weekend long as I visit all the other blogs and see what everyone has created, most of whom were probably thrilled when they saw the topic and have created lovely images... that will still freak me out!