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The Glow evolved from a photograph which I took in 1989, of a Bard Owl in a West Coast forest. It and I stared at eachother with no more than ten feet between us.

On the moment I used up all the film in my camera, she flew away from her tree-limb perch.
The Glow represents a time of immense personal pain and deep loneliness and grief. I had walked away from an unfulfilling and childless marriage, with all it’s dreams in tow.

The Glow is a time of transition from this darkness into the light of life. It became a time of spring, renewal, creativity and life.

I was alone and it was my birthday .

….just a note….I have never seen Lord of the Rings nor read any of the books…I say this because I have had much feedback on this piece as to this query. This feedback is from people who have seen it hanging. A curious experience for me to watch.

Mixed media watercolour on full sheet of 140 lb. d’Arches watercolour paper. Process involved use of Schminckies soft pastels, charcoal, coloured pencil, watercolour pencil and acrylic ink.


  • preacherman
    preachermanalmost 5 years ago

    this is a captivating piece….beautiful and full of hope

  • -Whisper-
    -Whisper-over 4 years ago

    What a really interesting composition!

  • spr041
    spr041over 4 years ago

  • Wow, Bob….I’m still getting used to this site…I noticed that I didn’t reply to this honour at this place….Did I say Wow. You guys are so kind. Thanks so much.

    – Shirley McMahon

  • Barbara Ingersoll
    Barbara Ingersollover 4 years ago

    Beautiful work! Congratulations on your feature!

  • Thank you, Barbara.

    – Shirley McMahon

  • Shirley McMahon
    Shirley McMahonover 4 years ago

    Thanks so much. It’s so encouraging.

  • maria paterson
    maria patersonover 4 years ago

    stunning work shirley

  • Oh thank you so much, maria.

    – Shirley McMahon

  • madvlad
    madvladover 4 years ago
    A very wonderful spooky and it pulls you in deep seeking its full meanings
  • Thanks, madvlad. I’m amazed by the different feelings people get from this piece. Spooky is one of them. I was recently told that it makes you want to walk in among the branches into the image. I like that.

    – Shirley McMahon

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageover 4 years ago

  • Thanks, Francis.

    – Shirley McMahon

  • Albert
    Albertover 4 years ago

  • A most humble thank you for this lovely award, Albert.

    – Shirley McMahon

  • Mrswillow
    Mrswillowover 4 years ago

  • Thanks so much for this feature, mrswillow. Sweet.

    – Shirley McMahon

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