What could be better than sketching on a Sunday morning? That would be sketching a beautiful live Eurasian Eagle Owl on a Sunday morning!

That’s exactly what happened on Sunday, August 19, 2018, at Pastimes for a Lifetime’s art studio.

At 9:00 AM sharp, falconer Jonathan Gonzalez from Raptor Events brought Ollie in his carrying crate into the studio. He waited until the current and former art students and friends of my boss, instructor/founder Linda Wehrli had settled in, setting up their sketch pads and drawing materials. After a brief introduction, to everyone’s delight and astonishment, Jonathan brought out the star of the show, Ollie the Eurasian Eagle Owl, flapping his over 4-foot span wings.

As if on cue, Ollie regained his balance, perched on Jonathan’s arm and stayed there, modeling for over two hours. Jonathan reassured us that he knows how to position his body in order to comfortably hold Ollie for long periods of time.

Ollie the Eurasian Eagle Owl Settling In for the Drawing Session

While we sketched in graphite, charcoal, ink, and pastel, Jonathan regaled us with fascinating stories about Ollie and the other birds of prey and reptiles he keeps and the shows they produce for schools and other educational venues. He graciously answered questions from maintenance to mannerisms and personalities of his animals along with anecdotes from various shows and events he produced.

Jonathan Gonzalez with Ollie the Eagle Owl

Jonathan and Ollie, Photocopy courtesy of Julie M.

Ollie perched on Jonathan's gloved arm

Ollie perched on Jonathan’s gloved arm, Photo courtesy of Julie M.




Pastimes for a Lifetime studio

Pastimes for a Lifetime studio

Pastimes for a Lifetime studio

Pastimes for a Lifetime studio

Pastimes for a Lifetime former art student, Abby G. sketches Ollie

Abby G.

Pastimes for a Lifetime student, Ariel S' Ollie Sketch

Ariel S.

Pastimes for a Lifetime student, Erika B., studies Ollie in graphite

Erika B.

Erika B.'s Sketch with Ollie

Erika B.’s Sketch with Ollie

Pastimes former art student, Jamie S., sketches Ollie

Jamie S.

Pastimes student, Maleia G. sketched Ollie

Maleia G.

Pastimes students, Rosaleen O. + Julie M. Sketching

Rosaleen O. and Julie M.

Pastimes student, Sophia (AKA Atom) H., studying Ollie

Sophia (AKA Atom) H.

Pastimes student, Zoey G.'s Sketch with Ollie

Zoey G.’s Sketch with Ollie

Jessica Lee Sanders, Pastimes for a Lifetime

Jessica Lee Sanders’ charcoal sketch

Jessica Lee Sanders' charcoal sketch

Jessica Lee Sanders’ charcoal sketch

Ollie the Eurasian Eagle Owl

After the sketching sesh was done, we were allowed to pet Ollie. What a delightful and beautiful bird, graciously allowing us to pet him. Some guests received little love bites, too. Squeee!

Linda Wehrli pets Ollie

Linda Wehrli pets Ollie

Abby G. Pets Ollie

Abby G. and Ollie

Rosaleen O. gets love bites from Ollie

Rosaleen O. gets love bites from Ollie

Sophia (AKA Atom) H. Pets Ollie

Sophia (AKA Atom) H. and Ollie

Cindy C. Pets Ollie

Cindy C. and Ollie

Erika B. Pets Ollie

Erika B. and Ollie

Guest Pets Ollie

Guest Pets Ollie

Jessica Lee Sanders Pets Ollie

Jessica Lee Sanders and Ollie

Maleia G. Pets Ollie

Maleia G. and Ollie

Ariel A. and Zoey G. Pet Ollie

Ariel A. and Zoey G. with Ollie

Pastimes for a Lifetime, Ollie the Owl

Jamie S. with Ollie


It was a memorable experience for all. Pastimes will definitely be having Jonathan back. Next time, a drawing sesh with Marty the Lanner Falcon! Stay tuned…

To learn more about Jonathan and his wonderful company, Raptor Events, click the link.
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