I enjoyed incorporating calligraphy in this painting, and I think I will continue with this practice in the future for this type of painting. I am currently taking a class where seeing the minute details of nature is key and we will be using watercolor, colored pencils and ink. I know I will enjoy the opportunity to paint things owl and nature related.
We have a new family in our neighborhood and I am over the moon smitten by them. I visit them many times each day and take photos with my 20x zoom lensed camera. Mom and Dad have two or three kids. They are Great Horned Owls and the babies have just recently become visible. The babies are SO adorable---like little puffs of cotton with perfectly round eyes and little hooked beaks. Did you know that what look like ears are not really ears at all? (I hope I got that correct.) We find feathers, squirrel tails and tufts of fur throughout the neighborhood, and everyone is hoping they keep the rabbit population at bay this summer.
Once again, credit is due to Eugene for sharing his beautiful photo with
me. After painting with watercolors yesterday, I wanted to paint it
with acrylics to see which I felt better represented the subject.
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I am writing this prior to the finished painting so I can remember
this moment. It is a perfect day as I paint my little abandoned
housefinch nest on the patio. A mourning dove has just taken occupancy
in our gutter, his hooo OOOO oooo, reverberating with such soothing
and perfect painting music. Other birds are busy flying too and fro.
Oliver doesn't like the mourning dove and has just scared him/her away.
p.s. It was really hard to represent the down that is woven into this nest.
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I am running out of feathers to paint! The painted feathers have a little shimmer to them, which I love.
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It took a great deal of patience and resourcefulness to retrieve these red feathers from our window well. Last year, a beautiful male cardinal got stuck in there while snacking on fallen birdseed. We tried to free him by lifting the enormously heavy iron grate, but he crashed into it while trying to escape, and died very quickly. It was so sad.
My stash of feathers is void of red feathers, so today I remembered the cardinal, and I was very determined to retrieve whatever I could from this beautiful bird. "Desperate times require desperate measures."
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As I was studying the feathers, I realized that there are very subtle colors to the "black," even though it may appear to be all black. The feather on the left is a good example of this---it was all black, ...but not really. I wanted to paint the others feathers in colors other than their natural colors for a little variety. There are subtle metallic glistens in this painting also.
Painting can be framed as is in a standard 8x10 frame, or matted and framed to your liking.