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Night and Day

by Amelia Leonards

The original idea was Yin and Yang, but the second I opened my palette and caught the warm glow of naples yellow from the corner of my eye, I knew that was out the window.

I am very much a Day person, someone who rises with the dawn and is happy sprawled awkwardly across a wooden floor basking in sunbeams like a cat.  But this past year reminded me that I- and we all- have a Night side as well. Night is as cold as the Day is warm, as deep and dark as fathomless as the bottom of a chill, forgotten well.  She’s a velvet, whispering star strewn blackness that caresses your skin and ruffles the tiny hairs on the back of your neck.  She’s not bad or evil, but forsaking sunlight and wandering her realm for too long is dangerous.  And yet. . .

Once I’d spent time with her, I came to see that the Day lacks something without her presence, removed from her cool breezes and twinkling stars.  Better to strive for equilibrium, a delicate, swirling balance between the two, golden light and shivering shadow undulating in an endless, joyful dance.


While this piece, like the other owls I’ve posted, will look amazing in a gold frame (I’m sure other colors would work well too, but all my owls seem attracted to gold), they will be sold in an ivory mat.  Why?  Two reasons: A- maybe you disagree on the gold and want to pick out your own frame.  Just because owls are wise doesn’t mean they’re infallible interior decorators.  And B- all of my owls prefer travelling through the post unencumbered by glass.

Watercolor and White Ink on 14olb Cold Press

Image size: 8 X 10″

Mat size: 11 X 14″

Surface: 140 lb Cold Press
Height: 8" Unmatted, 11" Matted
Width: 10" Unmatted, 14" Matted

$350 $350

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Amelia Royce Leonards is a graduate of Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, where she spent four years baffling her peers and professors with drawings of goddesses and antlered women. Her work is influenced by the beauty of ancient myth, folklore, and the natural world around us. She can usually be found somewhere deep in the woods, sketching odd creatures and eating chocolate chips.