The Owl and the Pussycat by Anna Shaw


On 16/04/2012 this image has had 29 sales, 345 comments, 89 Faves and 4274 views. Yippee.

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Happy Valentine’s Day

This was created for The Nursery Rhyme Challenge in Altered By Design

Inspired by the poem by Edward Lear (1812 – 1888) and the first publication date of the owl and the pussycat was 1871.

The Owl and the Pussycat

The Owl and the Pussycat went to sea
In a beautiful pea-green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money,
Wrapped up in a five pound note.

The Owl looked up to the stars above,
And sang to a small guitar,
“O lovely Pussy! O Pussy, my love,
What a beautiful Pussy you are, you are, you are,
What a beautiful Pussy you are.”

Pussy said to the Owl "You elegant fowl,
How charmingly sweet you sing.

O let us be married, too long we have tarried;
But what shall we do for a ring?"

They sailed away, for a year and a day,
To the land where the Bong-tree grows,
And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood
With a ring at the end of his nose, his nose, his nose,
With a ring at the end of his nose.

“Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling your ring?”
Said the Piggy, “I will”
So they took it away, and were married next day
By the Turkey who lives on the hill.

They dined on mince, and slices of quince,
Which they ate with a runcible spoon.
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand.
They danced by the light of the moon, the moon, the moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.

The music is Paul Young singing ‘Love Is In The Air’ (so appropriate for Valentine’s Day!!)

This was created solely in Photoshop.
I am grateful to the following artists who so generously make their stock available.

Cat by b-squared stock
Owl by seuctive stock
Boat by malicia stock
Trees by two- ladies stock
money by valsgalore
Basket by unholystock

All other textures and backgrounds and individual components were from my own stock.

Anna and Robert have only recently moved to Kent, having spent six years living France where they first embarked on wedding photography. They are passionate about photography, and have a real love for shooting weddings, gaining so much pleasure and fun from these special days.

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  • Malcolm Chant
    Malcolm Chantabout 5 years ago
    Anna this is so beautiful, what an amazing image to come home to,


  • How lovely!! Thank you so much dear Malcolm. I thought it was a good one for Valentine’s day!!

    – Anna Shaw

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedabout 5 years ago

    Aww – this is absolutely gorgeous and wonderful and whimsical.
    Do you by any chance remember a movie by that name (starring Barbra Streisand and George Segal)
    Kira xx

  • Thank you Kira for your lovely words. I have just looked up the movie and this is what found…
    The Owl and the Pussycat is a 1970 romantic comedy film directed by Herbert Ross and starring Barbra Streisand and George Segal. Barbra Streisand plays the role of a somewhat uneducated actress, model, and part-time prostitute. She temporarily lives with an educated want-to-be writer, played by Segal. Their differences are obvious; yet through time, they start to admire each other. Comedian/actor Robert Klein appears in a supporting role. Future adult film actress Marilyn Chambers, who makes her film debut here, plays Klein’s girlfriend.
    I have not seen it though!!

    – Anna Shaw

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellabout 5 years ago

    Lovely work Anna , I love the owl playing guitar x

  • Thanks so much Irene. I thought it was a good one for Valentine’s Day!!

    – Anna Shaw

  • Vitta
    Vittaabout 5 years ago

    Magnificent work!!

  • Thanks so much dearest Vitta.

    – Anna Shaw

  • Hugh Fathers
    Hugh Fathersabout 5 years ago

    Excellent!! . . . Lovely image!! . . . I actually wanted to read that poem again . . . I always start to forget the lines after ‘five pound note’ . . . Thanks Anna . . .

  • Thanks dear High – I love the poem too. It is one that I actually do remember from childhood.

    – Anna Shaw

  • Bob Culshaw
    Bob Culshawabout 5 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous composition and execution Anna – brings the Nursery Rhyme to life. Great choice of music too! xx

  • Thanks so much dear Bob, I love your constant support and encouragement.

    – Anna Shaw

  • Richard  Cubitt
    Richard Cubittabout 5 years ago

    Great stuff Anna, turned out fantastic!

  • Thanks so much Richard – your support means so much to me.

    – Anna Shaw

  • Lyn Evans
    Lyn Evansabout 5 years ago

    Absolutely wonderful Anna, you are so of luck in the challenge.

  • What a great comment to receive. Many thanks.

    – Anna Shaw

  • Veikko  Suikkanen
    Veikko Suikkanenabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful artwork again dear Anna! Beautiful fantasy world!

  • Dear Veikko – I so appreciate your beautiful warm words of encouragement. Thank you so much.

    – Anna Shaw

  • Anthony Mancuso
    Anthony Mancusoabout 5 years ago

    beautiful creation Anna, well done

  • Thanks so much dear Anthony, how supportive and kind you are.

    – Anna Shaw

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