Winged Brother of a Cat

The Owl series is finished.  Just as I was painting these, I ran across something Thoreau had written on owls.....

.... sitting on one of the lower dead limbs of a white pine, close to the trunk, in broad daylight, I standing within a rod of him.  He could hear me when I moved and cronched the snow with my feet, but could not plainly see me.  When I made most noise he would stretch out his neck, and erect his neck feathers, and open his eyes wide; but their lids soon fell again, and he began to nod.  I too felt a slumberous influence after watching him half an hour as he sat thus with his eyes half open, like a cat, winged brother of the cat.  There he preserved a peninsular relation to me; thus, with half-shut eyes, looking out from the land of dreams, and endeavoring to realize me, vague object or mote that interrupted his visions.  At length, on some louder noise or my nearer approach, he would grow uneasy and sluggishly turn about on his perch, as if impatient at having his dreams disturbed; and when he launched himself off and flapped through the pines, spreading his wings to unexpected breadth, I could not hear the slightest sound from them.  Thus, guided amid the pine boughs rather by a delicate sense of their neighborhood than by sight, feeling his twilight way, as it were, with his sensitive pinions, he found a new perch where he might in peace await the dawning of his day.  

Here is another new one I am working on.

A detail of the dog. 

The face before and after I worked on it today.