Sunday, February 9, 2014

WIP 2: Owl in Cemetary Watercolor

This is not the best photo as I took this photo inside, but you'll at least be able to see my progress. Since my last post, I've laid in most of the owl. He needs some fine tuning...his markings are not finished, the feet need attention, and edges need to be softened. I thought the sky needed some more drama, so I started to add in some clouds and streaks across the sky. Not much has been done on the monument other than the hand and a portion of the robe.
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Sunday, February 2, 2014

New WIP: Barn Owl in Cemetary Watercolor

I've started a new watercolor. It's been a awhile since I've done one. My watercolors are very time-consuming as I put a lot of detail into them. This one will be no exception. The idea for this piece came about as I was out one evening photographing a snowy owl that had come down from the north to hunt in a field just a few miles from my house. This field is across from a cemetary. I had been parking my car there while taking shots of the snowy. One evening, I walked back to the car and one of the monuments in the cemetary caught my eye; it was a monument of Christ looking over the deceased with this gorgeous green moss growing down the side of his head and down his robe. I love when nature takes over man-made objects. The patinas, rust, and moss that take over are beautiful...and fun to paint. I knew I wanted to paint this. But what bird would I put in the piece? I decided on a barn owl. They are known as "ghost owls"...rather appropriate for a cemetary scene. I thought it would be a cool idea to have my ghost owl fly off from the monument's head as it takes off for its evening hunt.
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WIP 1 - Detail of Christ monument