Friday, March 18, 2011

The Owl and The Grasshopper

Our third assignment in Conceptual Drawing was a long rectangular piece of paper (a non-traditional shape) and learning how to use acetone (or in my case, paint stripper) transfers. While doing random online research 2 months ago, I came across a -beautiful- photograph of an owl and I decided then and there that I would be using it as a model for one of my assignments.

I've also been using Aesop's Fables as my inspiration for this class, which meant I needed to find a tale with an owl in it. As soon as I came across this tale, I knew it was the one that I wanted to use. And literally, as soon as he gave us the assignment, I began envisioning it in my head and knew how I wanted it to look.

So I share with you Aesop's Fable "The Owl and The Grasshopper".


An owl,

accustomed to feed at night and to sleep during the day, was greatly disturbed by the noise of a Grasshopper


and earnestly besought her to stop chirping.
The Grasshopper refused to desist, and chirped louder and louder
the more the Owl entreated. When she saw that she could get no redress and that her words were despised, the
Owl attacked the chatterer by a stratagem.
"Since I cannot sleep," she said, "on account of your song which, believe me, is sweet as the lyre of Apollo,


I shall indulge myself in drinking some nectar which Pallas lately gave me.
If you do not dislike it, come to me
and we will drink it together."
The Grasshopper, who was thirsty, and pleased with the praise of her voice, eagerly flew up.  The Owl came
forth from her hollow,
seized her, and put her to death.


And below is the finished piece, "The Owl and The Grasshopper". It's done with musical note collage, watercolors, transfers, ink and crayola crayon (one of my favorite mediums (: ).


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