Thursday, February 20, 2014

Owl painting Ohio Bird Sanctuary

Owl 1  Oil on wood  8" x 8"  SOLD
I've been wanting to paint owls for a while and when I found out the Ohio Bird Sanctuary was giving a lecture on owls featuring live owls (out of their cages!)-- I grabbed a camera and drove south to Mansfield.  Don't be surprised if you see more paintings of owls and birds of prey! 
Side note:  I think the patterned backgrounds I've done in the past really helped me "translate" the landscape background here...  to stay back!  I find landscape painting very difficult (and greatly admire artists who can do it!)  Painting it as a background was not so hard...  Really happy with this one.

19 comments:

  1. Really nice. I think the painting of fur must have translated into doing feathers too because it turned out so well. You are a pro.

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  2. I love it and the landscape behind works perfectly. The eyes sing here! Funny- I was painting early this AM in my backyard studio listening to meditation music and I heard an owl. I thought it was the music but when I turned it off there it was- who-who-whooo….Now I want to paint one- ands here yours is! ah… synchronicity...

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  3. Wonderful job on this one, Diane! He (she?) is beautifully painted. (Did they tell you how to tell a male from a female, I wonder!?).

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  4. This is a really lovely piece Diane!

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  5. Beautiful animal, beautiful painting!

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  6. Oh, Diane, your owl painting stopped me in my tracks this morning. It's stunning and beautifully done.

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  7. So wonderful!! Love how you did his feathers. The background is terrific. Love all you've been doing--Bronson is especially good.

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  8. I was not surprised this one sold even before I came over . Stunning .
    This is a natural subject for you. The landscaping is excellent and as you say, kept back as it should. The lighting is perfect , the feathers are marvelous, everything bring us to that eye. Congratulation!

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  9. It's beautiful. I love the eyes and I can feel the softness of the feathers.

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  10. This one's a keeper for sure! The winter lighting is lovely and the color palette is perfect. What a wonderful reference photo opportunity you had - I always curse those darn cage bars.

    Helen - I hope Diane doesn't mind me answering your question - the only way to visually tell male and female owls apart is size - the females are bigger!

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  11. Beautiful! I look forward to seeing more birds of prey! The way you handle a paint brush is so inspiring.

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  12. Wow--Stunning owl Diane--the eyes are fantastic! A beautiful addition to my "Flock of Owls" board. And yes, one of the reasons I love owls is--sorry guys--the females are "superior." :) Happy painting! Aimee

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  13. Fabulous Diane...rally stunning !

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  14. I can see that owls are just as beautiful as your cats, Diane!! The colors are fantastic as well as the wonderful light hitting him...

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  15. Wow, Diane! What a wonderful portrait of this interesting bird.

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  16. Good correlation of the landscape to 'background'! This owl is spectacular!!

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  17. you're killin me with all the beauty in this. Love love love it.

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