This 16" by 20" piece, one of my paintings of birds and Wildlife art
paintings, is of a Great Horned Owl, one of the birds of America.
The bird in this one of my paintings of birds is based on a photograph by
wildlife photographer Stan Tekiela (in his "Birds of Arizona Field Guide"),
who has given me permission to use his bird photos as a basis for my
bird paintings. The colors
of the Great Horned Owl are browns, yellow ochre, and peach with
tufts of white. He perches on the limb of a large tree, and his image is framed
by the limbs and branches of the tree. The sky is blew.
I basecoated this one of my paintings of birds in dark browns and dark ochres, and then built up the bird's final colors, layer by layer, with a badger haired brush that created the appearance of thin feathers and soft tufts. The lines of angled brown colors were made both by a thin round brush using positive strokes, and with the badger brush by filling in the negative spaces around the angled lines. I painted some washes of raw sienna and burnt sienna over areas of the bird that are in shadow.
The tree in this one of my paintings of birds was base coated with broad strokes of different dark colors, such as burnt umber, unltramarine blue, burnt sienna, and yellow ochre. White paint, tinged with warm and cool colors, was gently skimmed over the tree limbs to mimic a bark like texture, and dark paint was used to indicate areas in the tree that had been hollowed out or cut. I used foreshortening to show the limbs branching from each other in a variety of directions.
The canvas of this one of my paintings of birds has been sprayed with clear acrylic gloss varnish to keep the colors bright, and has been signed by the artist. This painting ships bubblewrapped flat in a no-bend cardboard box.