Here's a little 5 x 7 watercolor study of a barn owl I started recently. As I typically do with these intimate studies, I started with the eye first and radiated outwards. The facial area is pretty much done here. I laid in an abstract drippy wash for the background letting a mixture of Payne's gray, burnt sienna, and some violet mingle together and do its thing. I spattered some of this mixture on too with an old stiff brush.