I donated my owl to Keene State College Owl Project. Now my owl has its permanent home!
When painting my owl I set several fun challenges for myself.
I really wanted my owl to be in its environment, so I decided on the owl at dawn overlooking the forest.
The other challenge was to figure out the best way to combine a flat, decorative technique of the owl with a painterly technique of the environment. It was a lot of fun painting the foggy dawn air. The trick was to use many thin layers and to make sure that nothing in the background is well-defined. My ornate and colorful owl really stood out against this soft, understated background.
I used watercolor on soft-press Fabriano watercolor paper to create this illustration.