(An amusing comment from Lon, the Falconer, I'd like to share with you..."Despite our assumptions that Owls are clever and 'Wise', we are assuming incorrectly: Owls eyes are so big in their skulls, there is very little room for much brain - owls are in fact a bit daft!! They are creatures of habit, therefore easy to train - until they hit breeding season when nature and hormones take over!" ....you learn something new every day!)
So now, some paintings...I began with a couple of drawings, using water colour pencils, just as practice to get my eye in. The subject is a very rare black (mellanistic) barn owl called Eve.
I have since blended these with water which has improved the intensity slightly, but I prefer the following watercolours...
|Eve, Black Barn Owl, Watercolour.|
|Eve, Black Barn Owl 2, Watercolour.|
I was on a roll, so also painted 'Irwin' - a very cute Boobok Owl
native to Australia.
Really enjoying the freedom of watercolour, I had another go at a Eurasian Eagle owl....
I love the intensity of his stare!
Having indulged in a fair few owls, I couldn't resist the temptation to paint Alfonzo, my favourite Eagle...he's a Chilean Blue Eagle Buzzard and I love him! The paper I used for this drawing wasn't suitable for watercolours, so I grabbed the acrylics and accompanying brush set, and escaped into my eagle dreamland!... I always start a new bird with the eye and beak, then work my way down the rest of the body...I got this far and thought 'I've got it - that's him!'
|Detail: Alfonzo, Acrylic|
I didn't stop here though, I carried on, and although I initially thought I'd 'finished' the painting, I now know I need to do a bit more to the background.
I'm feeling a few head detail paintings might well be next on my 'to do' list!
To finish my painting this week, I did 4 small watercolours of owls. I purposely decreased the scale to see if I could keep the freedom within a small image - its much easier to work loosely on a large painting! See what you think...
|Grace, Spectacled Owl, Water Colour|
|George, Barn Owl, Water Colour|
|George 2, Barn Owl, Water Colour|
|Irwin, Boobok Owl, Water Colour|
That brings me to the end of my Art Week and takes us into March...only 4 months left to complete a whole body of 'exhibition worthy' artwork!! I'm looking forward to a weekend with my feathered friends - I'm sure this will provide more than enough inspiration for some new paintings!