A Celebration of Nature-Tawny Owl Study
A Celebration of Nature-Tawny Owl Study. The Tawny Owl is the most common of the owls in Britain and is widespread throughout Eurasia. Its colour varies further East however. It is nocturnal and so is not seen as as much as the Barn Owl. It has excellent hearing, enabling it to drop down silently onto its prey of small rodents.
This canvas was 12 x 10 inches and was a test for me; firstly, to try to show the plumage with detail but not photographic. Secondly, to give you a sense that the owl is focused on something outside of the painting. For this, I used the eyes and the slope of the branch.
Once again, it appears a simple canvas, but no study of a bird or animal works if you don’t try to capture the character of the subject. Even small studies should reflect this.
As an artist, I have painted quite a few oil paintings of Tawny Owls over the years and each finished canvas and bird is unique. Although I have seen them in the wild, to get the colour reference I have to revert to captive, usually rescued, owls. I’m always inspired by the hard work and success of the rescue and rehabilitation sanctuaries.
In all my oil painting subjects, wildlife, landscapes and floral canvasses, I like to celebrate nature so I have included this in the title : A Celebration of Nature-Tawny Owl Study. It is something I try to incorporate in nearly all my artwork
As always, please keep checking the website as I will be displaying more bird and wildlife oils in forthcoming posts. I also have two new river landscape canvasses that I will be showing in the Landscape Gallery in the near future.
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