Augury Ex Avibus by Lynnette Shelley

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Early Romans used the practice of augury to divine the will of the gods. There were several different types of auguries, one of which, augury ex avibus, was the practice of divination by birds.

The auguries interpreted two aspects of birds in particular, their noise and flight pattern. Only certain birds were considered messengers of the gods, however. These included the eagle, the vulture, the crow, the raven, the owl, and the hen.

In this artwork, I used the Great Horned Owl as my augury subject.

This artwork was partially inspired by the English artist and designer William Morris , whose intricate work I admire.

Original artwork measures 12.6 × 16.7 inches. Mixed media (oil pastels, colored pencils, gold acrylic, metallic gold pencil and marker) on Canson paper.

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Having a great love animals, fairytales, and world mythology, Pennsylvania artist Lynnette Shelley fuses these influences into her strikingly unique illustrations. Her artwork strikes a primal chord in many viewers, with almost Jungian associations to the colors and shapes. Her artworks have been likened to images from an undiscovered ancient civilization or culture.

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  • nishagandhi
    nishagandhiabout 5 years ago

    very nice work

  • thank you!

    – Lynnette Shelley

  • redqueenself
    redqueenselfabout 5 years ago

    Do I need to say more than Wow!?!? Wow!

  • thank you!

    – Lynnette Shelley

  • keech
    keechabout 5 years ago

    love the color choice! why skull?

  • I like the shape of skulls and I wanted to have the contrast between the very decorative flower patterns and the skull. BTW, elapsed time on this one, since you asked earlier, was five hours.

    – Lynnette Shelley

  • Kayleigh Walmsley
    Kayleigh Walmsleyabout 5 years ago

    I love the feel to it. “Viva la skull” is a group you need to see. Keep up the awesome work!
    Cheers, Kay

  • thanks for the heads up. I will look up Viva la skull

    – Lynnette Shelley

  • Anita Inverarity
    Anita Inverarityabout 5 years ago

    Amazing !! Love this so much xx

  • I figured you might Anita. thank you`

    – Lynnette Shelley

  • Frances Perea
    Frances Pereaabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful art!

  • thanks frances!

    – Lynnette Shelley

  • fixtape
    fixtapeabout 5 years ago


  • Thankyou!

    – Lynnette Shelley

  • MoonSpiral
    MoonSpiralabout 5 years ago

    Very cool Lynnette. I love the background info. Funny how I am drawn to those birds the most. Great color combo in this!

  • Thanks Tammy!

    – Lynnette Shelley

  • S .
    S .about 5 years ago

    wow !! love this.. came out so good
    absolutely love your style
    it just WORKS
    very cool !!!

  • Thanks very much Shoaib. I appreciate that

    – Lynnette Shelley

  • margotmythmaker
    margotmythmakerabout 5 years ago

    I can see the William Morris influence. It’s so cool to see this work, I think it is different because there is more “realism” with the bird and skull, yet still has the Lynnette Shelley stamp with all of the decorative spirals and line work. The gold gives it that iconic feel. So cool Lynnette, so cool.

  • Thanks Margot. I’m glad you like it

    – Lynnette Shelley

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