100 Plywood Owls There are 250 species of owls in the world. Imagine 100 dead owls, like songbirds found on city streets, confused by lit buildings, slamming into their own reflection, and perishing. To me it's a terrible thought. We have two species of owls behind our house and I get excited every time I hear them, or if I'm lucky, get to see them. This is a work in progress (41 are here) that is based on the concept of deliberate practice, which centers on focused daily activity that builds a skill related to one's larger goals. ( Baking cinnamon rolls to make myself feel better is not deliberate practice.) In my case, the idea is to keep me drawing and burning every single day on 6" x 9" pieces of plywood, working on this one subject until I reach 100. While I work, I also ponder the other pieces that I'm going to begin, or finish. Currently the biggest threat to owls is pesticides and loss of habitat, loss of food supply, collisions with vehicles, and being killed due to human superstition. Ponder that. Let us hope that we never live in a world that is only populated by plywood owls.
Brett S. Poza firstname.lastname@example.org @theboneartist