I promised some progression pictures of my blue owl, and then once I actually checked my phone it turns out I didn’t take nearly as many as I though. Bummer. I also thought I had another stash of progress photos hidden away in my DSLR, but nope. I’m a little embarrassed to admit that there’s actually a 6 month yawning gap of no photos at all on there. I must have thought about taking them a lot more often than I actually did, because the timeline jumps straight from rough sketch to 70% complete. Maybe before that point I thought the whole thing was much too ugly to bother with. After all, I was struggling with it for a while.
I honestly can’t remember anymore. I’m going to blame it on Mom-brain. Because I’m a mom, and I can do that.
And…..just in case you forgot what the final thing looked like…..
I might have mentioned this before, but I have an obsession with watching people make things. It doesn’t matter what it is; a painting, a meal, a cabinet, a dress, I’ll immediately get sucked into it and can’t look away. People have walked in on me watching all sorts of odd things on TV, from woodworking to gun-making to pastry competitions. There’s something so interesting about watching somebody take raw materials and go from nothing to something absolutely amazing. When you look at the finished product you get that overwhelming feeling of “WOW, how on Earth did they do that?” but when you actually watch them go through the process you realize that it’s just a series of very small, often very precise steps. And a LOT of patience. And of course, a good bit of talent.
I especially love watching people paint. Maybe it goes back to watching Bob Ross on Saturday mornings as a kid (gotta love the happy little trees). Anyway, if you’re anything like me and you like to see the progression of something being made, then this post is for you. *
Supplies! Tools are important when you're a fanatic about measurements.
Sketching out the pattern. You can see the ghost of my failed painting underneath.
Marvel at the same thing from another angle....
Red and yellow paint committed!
This one might look familiar. I wish I'd taken more in-between pictures.
Everyone loves a close up.
Super close up!
Another super close up!
*Remember when I said I was going to stop doing all these kaleidoscope paintings and work on other things for a while? Totally didn’t happen. The compulsion to make them is just too powerful. Who am I to deny it?