Set of 8 Postcards
About this painting…
This is a painting of a great-horned owl who lives in a suburb called Shorewood just outside of Milwaukee, on the shore of Lake Michigan. We were wrapping up a backyard chat at my partner’s grandmother’s house one evening when an unearthly, ghastly screeching started up over the rooftops across the cul-de-sac. The fledgling owl screamed and screamed as the light dwindled, and finally took off over our heads and flew off into the night. I came home and painted this tribute to the patron saint of Shorewood. The styling of this painting is directly inspired by the brilliant Ursula Vernon’s Owl Saint.
My partner Jon is a wild animal of a person with a wild animal family, and their neighborhood in Shorewood is the first place that taught me that big predator animals like great-horned owls and coyotes sometimes live among us on city streets. I think the voice of Lake Michigan calls them out of the woods and into human backyards. Jon’s grandmother recently told us that the owl kept screaming over the rooftops through the rest of that summer, long after we left.
This postcard set contains (8) 4.25″ x 5.5″ glossy-front cards with the Great-Horned Owl (Bubo Virginianus) painting printed on sturdy 230 gsm cardstock. All postcards are lovingly handmade and printed at home in my little apartment in Washington, DC, and packaged in compostable, plant-based eco-clear bags for shipping.
A portion of the proceeds from your purchase will be donated to the Urban Ecology Center in Milwaukee, an organization that helps people in cities get connected to nature by offering subsidized educational and recreational nature programming.
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Great-Horned Owl Postcard Set
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