What could be better than sketching on a Sunday morning? That would be sketching a beautiful live Eurasian Eagle Owl on a Sunday morning!
That’s exactly what happened on Sunday, August 19, 2018, at Pastimes for a Lifetime’s art studio.
At 9:00 AM sharp, falconer Jonathan Gonzalez from Raptor Events brought Ollie in his carrying crate into the studio. He waited until the current and former art students and friends of my boss, instructor/founder Linda Wehrli had settled in, setting up their sketch pads and drawing materials. After a brief introduction, to everyone’s delight and astonishment, Jonathan brought out the star of the show, Ollie the Eurasian Eagle Owl, flapping his over 4-foot span wings.
As if on cue, Ollie regained his balance, perched on Jonathan’s arm and stayed there, modeling for over two hours. Jonathan reassured us that he knows how to position his body in order to comfortably hold Ollie for long periods of time.
While we sketched in graphite, charcoal, ink, and pastel, Jonathan regaled us with fascinating stories about Ollie and the other birds of prey and reptiles he keeps and the shows they produce for schools and other educational venues. He graciously answered questions from maintenance to mannerisms and personalities of his animals along with anecdotes from various shows and events he produced.
After the sketching sesh was done, we were allowed to pet Ollie. What a delightful and beautiful bird, graciously allowing us to pet him. Some guests received little love bites, too. Squeee!
It was a memorable experience for all. Pastimes will definitely be having Jonathan back. Next time, a drawing sesh with Marty the Lanner Falcon! Stay tuned…
To learn more about Jonathan and his wonderful company, Raptor Events, click the link.
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Pastimes For a Lifetime Art and Piano School is located in Valley Glen, California. 818-766-0614. School is open Tuesday – Saturday year round, except major holidays.