We are lucky enough to get a lot of barn owls Tyto alba round here. Usually I only get a fleeing glimpse as they swoop past when I’m driving home. So I was very happy to have seen one very close up back in August at the Yorkshire Dales Falconry Centre. Since then I’ve been thinking about doing a painting of one in some detail, using some of Moth’s photos as reference material.
I thought it would be nice to compose one flying over the Rollright stones, not least because the colours on a barn owl are similar to the stones themselves, all soft smudgey greys and whites with accents of yellow, but also because they share a mysterious silent beauty. I hope you like it: