I’ve been working on painting a barn owl and have a few photos to show how it all came together.
Happy Sunday, friends! 😊
I started off with a simple sketch. It is important that the big shapes are positioned correctly and that your proportions look good. No detail is needed at this point, just light lines to serve as a guide.
Next I added a few small ink details with a Micron pen. The eyes are very dark so I like to use a pen to outline them to get the shape set before putting down any paint.
I used Daniel Smith watercolors for my owl. I started out by wetting the paper in sections and dropping in color allowing it to mix and mingle on right on the paper.
The first wash of quinacridone gold, yellow ochre, and burnt sienna. It doesn’t look good at this point but it gets better with each wash.
The second wash with more definition. Things are now starting to take shape. I’m not sure why this photo has a rosy glow but hopefully that’s not a distraction.
Barn owl – 9 x 12 inch Stillman & Birn beta sketchbook
The final wash added even more detail and deeper color. I love watching the transformation with this type of post. I hope you enjoyed it as well.
For me this post reinforces the importance of three washes and that getting the eyes dark enough makes a big difference.
I hope you are inspired to create art and do what you love. Art is for everyone, keep painting, creating, and having fun!
Until next time, share a smile and have a great week!
Ink and watercolor, I love that combination. I have an Owl painting to share with you today. My painting was inspired by a beautiful photo of a Great Horned Owl on pexels.com.
I was attracted to the big bright eyes of this Owl and tried make sure they really popped in this painting. I started off with a light pencil sketch of the eyes and beak making sure to get the proper placement and distance between them. As I’ve noted before, this is a key step for me before diving in.
Watercolor Tip: Always make sure that the eyes are dark enough, don’t be shy with color here. It is also important to leave a few white spots for where the light hits the eyes.
Owl ink and watercolor painted on 9 x 12 inch Stillman & Birn Beta sketchbook
As I was painting, I remembered to use a light touch and tried to make all of my ink and paint markings in the same direction as the feathers on the Owl. I love the prominent feathered tufts on his head, a cute and wild hairdo. ❤
I plan to work on another Owl sometime in the future, there is so much to learn and improve upon. It was a lot of fun, quite a Hoot!
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Until next time, enjoy yourself and love “hoo” you are! 🙂