Why owls?

Why owls? Being a child of the 70s and early eighties, I grew up surrounded everything owl–owl necklaces, owl print fabric, owl figurines, owl candles, owl salt and pepper shakers, and owl shaped canisters. My Saturday morning cartoons were constantly interrupted by Mr. Owl’s very important research. In fact, I can still hear him counting in my mind at the sight or mention of a Tootsie Pop. I loved that commercial as much as I loved watching Hoozitz Owl in Shirt Tales, Starlite in Rainbow Brite, and Kowl in She-Ra.

Owls were pretty sweet back in the day: The Great Owl in The Secret of Nimh both amazed and terrified me, Woodsy Owl convinced me to lecture my friends to “Give a hoot–Don’t Pollute, and Winnie the Pooh’s Owl had a book collection that a girl like me could only dream of.

Of course, owls are popular once again, but that doesn’t really matter to me. The purpose of this blog is to help me further develop my drawing and illustrating skills, while providing me a fun escape from a stressful day-to-day life. I’ve been drawing owls since I was very young, and in doing so I have found escape from boring situations, focus in distracting situations, a sense of security during dangerous situations, and relief from the painful spasms of RLS.

Only after attending several years of conferences in which designers were encouraged to do things outside of their usual 9 to 5 to keep burnout at bay, sharpen skills, and open doors to new possibilities AND having a friend ask why I haven’t done anything with the many owls I’ve drawn over the years, did I realize that I NEEDED to let my birds fly. So here they are for your enjoyment.

All owls appearing on this blog remain the property of the illustrator. I ask that you request permission before reposting or copying any images you find here. If you would like to purchase my owls for personal or commercial use, you may do so by visiting my Etsy shop at If you don’t see the owl you’re after, just leave me a message here or on my Etsy shop. I’ll be adding downloadable files throughout the remainder of this project.


25 responses to “Why owls?

  1. Heather

    June 30, 2012 at 20:21

    Until I read this post, I never really realized just how many owls there were in my childhood. I remember most of the ones you mention. I then went on to study them, so I’m quite familiar with the real thing (as you already know from my blog), but I never really thought about what drove me to do that. Maybe the push was more subliminal than I thought 🙂 This is a cute idea for a blog and enjoy your owls. Looking forward to seeing more.
    (Dr. Hoo)

    • owladay

      July 2, 2012 at 19:04

      My mom always pointed them out to me, since she and my grandma were serious owl collectors. I was surprised at how easily I was able to rattle them off. I’m sure I’ve missed a few, but I never have much free time for checking that kind of thing.

      Thanks! I’ve enjoyed your blog too!

  2. mybeautfulthings

    July 7, 2012 at 09:02

    I grew up surrounded by owls too! My maiden name was Wiseman and my Dad designed a logo to sign my homework diary with that used his initials to make an owl! I’ll post a picture of one of my treasures soon. 🙂

    • owladay

      July 7, 2012 at 11:12

      That sounds pretty sweet! I can’t wait to see it.

      • mybeautfulthings

        July 7, 2012 at 11:49

        I’m putting the quilt up tonight 🙂

  3. Winter Owls

    September 11, 2012 at 05:05

    How lovely to find someone who loves owls as much as I do. I too paint and draw as an escape, isn’t it just wonderful?

  4. maviedesign

    October 9, 2012 at 03:05

    Love the illustrations! Keep hooting 🙂

    • Runderella

      October 10, 2012 at 20:25

      Thank you!

  5. spotofteadesigns

    October 11, 2012 at 06:35

    Thanks for stopping by and liking my owls post! Love your drawings!!!

  6. Emma

    November 27, 2012 at 05:38

    Hi! Thanks for liking my owl post too – they are just such fun to draw! It’s interesting to read about how influential they were in the 70s. – Just like everything else, they’re coming back around!

  7. Tracy

    November 28, 2012 at 03:54

    Your designs are brilliant, I love them all!

  8. lizintheshed

    December 10, 2012 at 03:26

    Love the owls! I thought I was getting obsessed by them, but having read your blog I am low on the owl-disorder spectrum!!

  9. lizintheshed

    December 10, 2012 at 10:48

    Me again, I have popped back to your blog far too often today. I’m blaming your owls for my lack of focus on a particularly gripping newsletter I am meant to be writing. Please don’t post anymore, until after my copy deadline!

    • Runderella

      December 10, 2012 at 16:19

      Sorry about that. I’m working on Day 183 right now. She’ll be live in about 10 minutes. Will that give you enough time? 🙂

  10. redheadedstitcher

    December 28, 2012 at 04:40

    You have been nominated by myself for the Sisterhood of world bloggers award. Congraulations!

  11. bighair63

    February 3, 2013 at 10:47

    Hi, I just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for a Beautiful Blogger Award. Thought I’d spread the love 😀

  12. owlshouseblog

    February 5, 2013 at 04:25

    Wonderful stuff! Thanks for connecting. Your illustrations are lovely – I’d love to feature them sometime on my blog. From a London owl.

    • Runderella

      February 5, 2013 at 22:35

      Thanks! You’re more than welcome to share any owls that you find here on your blog.

  13. partykitchen

    March 17, 2013 at 19:12

    Thanks for stopping by my blog to view my Owl Birthday Party that I gave my 2 year old daughter. I enjoyed reading you post and it does bring back memories as to how popular owls were back in the 70s/80s. We even had a owl cookie jar as a kid. I love that they became popular again!

  14. redheadedstitcher

    March 26, 2013 at 05:01

    I have nominated you for the Liebster award! Go to for details

  15. Ruby Canoe

    April 20, 2013 at 06:44

    I have nominated you for the Epically Awesome of Epic. There are a few guidelines, which are:
    1. Write ten awesome facts about yourself.
    2. Nominate ten other bloggers that you think are awesome enough to win this award.
    3. Inform the chosen they have won

    You are under no obligation to accept. (when I accepted I didn’t realise how much time it would take to follow these guidelines, but it was fun!) but I can see you are very busy

    So thanks for the blog and have a great day!

    Ruby Canoe.

  16. mummyshymz

    April 21, 2013 at 06:36

    Wow, an entire site dedicated to owls. Very nice illustrations!

  17. Michelle Louring

    May 25, 2013 at 16:55

    Oh, this blog just illustrates my life!
    I own a living Burrowing Owl and now my house is filled with owl stuff people bought for me! The poor fellow is going to have some kind of identity crisis soon, being surrounded by all those inanimate relatives all day…

  18. delightfullypeculiar

    January 15, 2014 at 11:22

    I have nominated you for the Liebster Award 🙂 Hope you can join the fun, I know you have been nominated again.


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