Sunday, February 23, 2014

Owl small painting of an owl

Owl 2  Oil on wood  8" x 8"  NFS
Just like "writing what you know" is helpful to writers, so is painting what you know to artists.  At least a 100 reference photos were acquired at the bird sanctuary.  But now I find myself reaching for the images that depict what I "know" about owls...  (um, which isn't really a lot.) Anything deviating from my idea of them: round eyed, smart and stoic gets ruled out...  It feels different from painting cats (understatement) who I know very well. But I'm enjoying the process.


  1. I like how you handled the background in this one, too - just hints of branches, and the roundness of the moon compliments the owl's eyes. You may not "know" owls the way you "know" cats, but clearly they inspire you.

  2. What a ya mean you don't know them? They look a heap like cats! lol

    Great job!

  3. This little guy is wonderful! I love the background. Joan


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