Little Owl

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I’m painting a Little owl for a friend. I started it on Saturday, and need to get it finished. 

I think these are the smallest owls found in Britain. 

I love the piercing eyes, the ruffled feathers. I’m adding Holly in the background to make it more seasonal. It’s another acrylic on canvas, which I find works best for me with this type of subject. 

It’s a commission and already sold so I had better get a move on and get it finished. 

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Small Little Owl

1544289754333-448696886this is another work in progress. Little owl, acrylic on canvas.

The smallest species of owl in the country I think. I’m adding holly branches to make it more seasonal.

The picture is about 6 inches by 4 inches. I want to work on the feathers and legs and feet.

Those eyes look like they  are about to blink at me, and I can imagine the soft but strong feathers fluffed up against a north wind…

As the nursery rhyme goes. .

The North Wind shall blow,

And we shall have snow,

And what shall poor Robin do then?

Poor thing!

He’ll sit in a barn,

And kerp himself warm,

And tuck his head under his wing

Poor thing!

Nebula

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The astronomy bug has truly bit, and painting pictures like this get my mind working. As I paint I feel happy and enthralled  It is like a drug to me. I get my fix out of painting. I can’t describe how I feel. Is it that thing called “flow”? The world goes on and I lose track of time.

Something pushes me to try harder to create or copy an image. The challenge of seeing it and trying to relay it on the canvas or computer. Some people can create photorealism. I’m not that good.. But I try.

Dog fish and green leaves

Let me just say. I have strange ideas sometimes. I’ve already painted a cat fish, and by looking at this painting of a dog fish you can probably guess what it looks like!

Continuing with my Green Man idea I have also painted another free figure. I decided to use a more graphic style for both of them.

The tablet I use is getting very slow and this bit of typing is taking ages so I will leave it at that for tonight .

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Making Stuff

Im doing lots of things to take to two craft fairs at the weekend. Looking for inspiration and the right things to paint on. The tiniest are paintings of baubles. I have ribbon to add to them so you could even add them to a tree. I saw a robin in a photo and he was sooooo fluffy I had to paint him…finally Im trying to paint directly onto the little chalk boards so the abbey will need more work.

Imagining snow

Depending on the weather in Britain we sometimes have snow in winter, or not. It depends on whether you live in the north,  or are high up as the temperature falls the higher you get. This is a painting I did when I first moved into my studio at Spode,  I think it was so cold in there that I didn’t have to think hard to imagine this image.

It’s based on an idea I had of hills in Yorkshire or the lake district ,  I think it needed more depth so I added the shadows.

I tend to talk to myself when Im painting, reminding myself where the guttering should be or how light would reflect into the shadows at the side of the house.

I like using my imagination. Exercising my visual memory. It’s worth trying to think through how something is put together. It helps you understand how it works.