This acrylic owl painting was quite a while in the making. I created a different version of it in Photoshop (original here) about a year ago, and I thought it would be fun to re-create in paint. After all, acrylics are a whole different animal, and I wanted to get my hands dirty and see what I could come up with. I love Photoshop, but there’s something about painting…mixing colors, blending layers, the smell on canvas and acyclic paint, that’s just SO much more satisfying.
It ended up taking a really long time, mostly because finding uninterrupted time to work is always a challenge. I started out with the basic composition, but as usual, that’s all the planning that took place. I’m not a planner by nature…it stresses me out. I’m fully convinced that in life there are two kinds of people: those who stress out when they don’t have a plan to follow, and those who stress out when they have to follow a plan. I’m definitely the latter. I’m more of a let’s-just-go-and-see-where-this-end-up sort of painter. Sometimes it’s beautifully surprising. Other times, not so much.
The thing that really motivated me to get this done was that I wanted to bring it to the painting studio where I work. All of the artists who instruct their bring artwork to display and sell, and I have to admit, sometimes I feel like a fraud when I don’t have enough to bring in. When you work with professional artists who spend a LOT more time than you do creating things, its easy to feel like you’re not living up to your potential. I’m glad though, because it lit my internal fire to get this thing finished. Whether it sells right away or not, I just like having it up on the wall, on display for people to see. He was hard to part with though, and I’m thinking I night have to make a print of this guy for the wall at home.
Owls are kind of our family’s thing.
This is already a pretty photo heavy post, so check back soon and I’ll be posting the progression of how this guy came together!
If you like this, prints will soon be available for purchase in my Etsy shop!