Owl Painting


I have finally found a way to paint with watercolours on stretched canvas that works for me, as I sometimes get a bit bored with conventional watercolor painting on paper. And it’s always good to paint something that is ready to hang in only a couple of hours!

I painted it fairly quickly while doing a few hours at the wonderful art & craft co-operative that John and I are members of – The Nook – here in the Blue Mountains.

It was a very spontaneous painting; I had been cherishing a gorgeous photo of an owl for many years from which I had been wanting to paint some kind of picture. It has been stuck to my cupboard in the studio waiting to be realized. We are lucky enough to receive occasional visits from what I think may be a Barking Owl – he sits on top of the clothes line and watches silently in the dark with his curious eyes…

You can purchase a gorgeous giclee print of this painting here.

7 thoughts on “Owl Painting

  1. It’s all in the line. That applies to almost every thought process tansferred from brain two or three dimensional image, both in writing and in painting.

  2. Hi Lisa. Your own is gorgeous. He has a questioning, attentive look as if listening to someone.

    Have a fabulous trip to South Africa. Look forward to seeing what it inspires.

    • Thanks Helen!

      Watercolor actually differs from acrylic paints in that their pigment is suspended in natural gum arabic, whereas acrylic paint’s pigments are suspended in a plastic based carrier, making them more like the consistency of oil paint but with a much quicker drying time…

    • Hi Em!

      Thanks for stopping by with your query…
      Basically I use a very good, smooth watercolour paper, and good quality watercolour paints – either from the tube or from the little pans that you can buy. I mix the colours together on a white plastic / ceramic palette and always start with a subtle wash of the colour that will be the overall tone of the painting – in this case it was blue.
      Then I sketch out the basics of the composition, after which I fill in more details and shades of light and dark with layering colours, being very careful not to apply too much paint to the paper in one go. This is perhaps the secret to watercolour painting : gentle layers of subtle colour until the painting takes on depth and substance within the composition.
      I hope this helps you – there are more explanatory posts about my watercolour painting if you click on the watercolour tag to the left ~ happy painting 🙂

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