We are in that strange time between Christmas and New Year . A time when no-one knows what day it is and when you sneak a mince pie for breakfast, why ? Because you can.
I have turned the rest of my turkey into a curry, we have ham and Christmas pudding for lunch ( not on the same plate) and outside here in Devon it is very blustery and wet. Christmas cuppa's are essential
I found this quote on Facebook and thought this is wonderful, it gives me a new perspective on this time of year
All that said, I thought I would show you how I painted my owl today, a lot of people ask how I do my backgrounds, and this may give you some insight. I am not professing that this is the only way to do them , but this is what I do when I play around with indigo, one of my favourite colours
I love painting contrasts, and I think this lovely white owl against the night sky is just wonderful.
First I sketch out the owl.
Then I carefully paint his claws. I don't think I am all that good at birds feet and sometimes I just let them disappear , but this time I concentrated hard and painted them as well as I could.
Then I began painting the shadows on the plumage. Wet in wet , all blues and purples, and hints at some yellows in the edges of the feathers. This wet in wet really does begin to look like feathers.
Then I moved onto his face, the eye is almost all black, but has oranges around it, then I hinted at the shadows in the face. It is amazing how little you need to describe what you see.
Now I have added the markings at the top , behind his face. I used yellow ochre and some orangy brown colours . I have also added some tiny dots on the feathers.
Now I am getting bolder and I describe those magnificent wings with hits. I use cerulean blue and a shadow colour made with cobalt blue and cadmium red. All wet in wet. Trust yourself and try not to overwork things.
Finally I add the night sky, lots of dark indigo and bold marks to hint at movement . I have also added some clingfilm for extra texture. I will remove this later. The lighter section around the talons , provides a contrast and means I won't erase the work I did in the beginning.
Once removed I think I need to darken the right.
So lets see how that looks....
That's me finished...I hope it was helpful, have a go and be brave!