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LGBTQA Owl Family Portrait Illustrations

Gay owl family of three with adopted baby

Two years ago when I made an owl family portrait collage for my son’s nursery,  I’d wanted to make more owl families, but got busy with other projects.  When Ben from the About Face Theater in Chicago contacted me about donating to their annual auction at the Wonka Ball, I knew it was time to make new Owl Family Portraits.

You can bid on these two original owl family collages at the 2015 Wonka Ball on April 10th.

By the way, the About Face Theatre is giving 30% of the bid amount back to the artists, which is really nice.  I would have donated anyway, but it feels good to be appreciated.

Love makes a family and love wins!

More owls:

Illustration of a mother, father, and two baby owls sleeping on branch
Sleeping Owl Family Illustration
lesbian owl couple illustration
Owl Couple

 

Here is the first owl portrait I did of our family:

gender neutral owl family of three with deep blue background
Owl Family of Three

*If you would like a custom Owl Family Portrait, please contact me.  Also, please see my Etsy shop for more Owl Family Portraits and Love Birds here.

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About the Artist/Author: Laura Lynne is a mixed media hand cut paper artist and muralist living and working 40 miles west of Chicago in Aurora, IL. She uses her photographs, metallic paper, and painted papers to create boldly colored, whimsical artworks. To see more of or buy Laura Lynne’s original art, pet portraits, illustrations and jewelry, please visit www.lauralynneart.com/shop.

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Art of Technology

Mother reading kindle to child with satellite, 4G tower, stars and cat in the window illustration
Mother Reading Kindle with Satellite and Stars, Paper Collage, 2014

I entered this piece in a competition for the Aurora Public Library in Aurora, IL.  The theme was the Art of Technology.

As a nature lover, I like to think that I don’t need much technology in my life (though I do love the internet).  I had no idea what I was going to do for this contest in so little time.  It was announced a few days before Thanksgiving and due not even two weeks after the New Year.  The technology theme did not appeal to me and I couldn’t think of any way of making a pretty art piece with such a cold starting point.  I tried to think of some part of technology that I love, when I thought of my Kindle – a perfect idea for an art contest for the library!  My bookshelves have become much lighter ever since I received the Kindle.  It is something I truly love about technology.

I got to work drawing sketches, and drawing out many ideas before I settled on the one above.  Then I collected and picked out the papers I would use.  I wanted peaceful and quiet colors, yet bright and fun at the same time, so I chose blues and greens with pops of yellows for contrast.  Part of the challenge of working with paper is finding the perfect balance of textures, colors, patterns and tones.  After picking out the colors, I gathered my reference material and started cutting out the shapes.  Sometimes I draw on the paper before cutting, other times I free hand; sometimes I use a scissors and sometimes an X-Acto knife.  I arrange everything, rearrange and take pictures along the way to make sure when the time comes to glue it is placed right.  Multiple composition changes or color adjustments are made during this time after consistently analyzing my work.  Finally, when I start the hours long gluing process, I frequently reference the final photograph to make sure the pieces are placed correctly.  The total process, from conception to finish, took roughly 40 hours for this large of a piece.

Unfortunately my piece was not chosen, which was extremely disappointing as I would have loved to have seen it in the children’s section of the new library.  It was clear that the twenty-four community member judges had different parameters in mind than I had when creating the piece.  This art must be meant for a different, but equally lovely, home.

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Laura Lynne Art Portrait Photo

About the Artist/Author: Laura Lynne is a mixed media hand cut paper artist and muralist living and working 40 miles west of Chicago in Aurora, IL. She uses her photographs, metallic paper, and painted papers to create boldly colored, whimsical artworks. To see more of or buy Laura Lynne’s original art, pet portraits, illustrations and jewelry, please visit www.lauralynneart.com/shop.

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Astronomy Paper Cut Art

Turtle looking through a vintage telescope with stars
Astronomer Turtle, Hand Cut Paper Collage Illustration, 2014

The idea for the astronomy series was inspired by my astronomer cousin, Dr. Rachel Osten.  These pieces were done as a gift for her youngest son’s room.

Be humble for you are made of Earth Be noble for you are made of stars.
“Be Noble for You are Made of Stars, Be Humble for You are Made of Earth,” Serbian Proverb, Paper Collage Illustration, 2014

This is how the quote should read:  “Be humble for you are made of earth. Be noble for you are made of stars.” It’s a Serbian proverb.  My astronomy quote paper cut art displays the words backwards because I wanted the words and pictures to correspond.  The Earth part is written in the earth and the stars part of the quote is written in the sky.

Here, I imagined a deer and turtle visiting an observatory late at night when all of the other astronomers have gone to sleep.  They will gaze at the stars until the morning hours.

A butterfly flies by the mountain observatory while the starry sky lights dance above.

These blue, astronomy animal art prints are for sale in my shop.

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Laura Lynne Art Portrait Photo

About the Artist/Author: Laura Lynne is a mixed media hand cut paper artist and muralist living and working 40 miles west of Chicago in Aurora, IL. She uses her photographs, metallic paper, and painted papers to create boldly colored, whimsical artworks. To see more of or buy Laura Lynne’s original art, pet portraits, illustrations and jewelry, please visit www.lauralynneart.com/shop.