The last two weeks have been fairly productive: I finished this painting this morning and have two more on the go. Here is a shot from the beginning in the studio when the three canvasses have just been blocked in:
The long thin one on the easel is finished and the other two are well on their way. One of them is an abstract and I'm quite excited about it - it looks very promising right now, so the challenge becomes how to continue working on it without destroying it, easier said than done.
But the other one is a different story and I shake my head and wonder what in God's name made me decide to take this on? It is an image of a Snowy owl - I have always been fascinated by owls and spent many hours as a child exploring the forest floor looking for owl pellets to add to my collection of birds' nests and eggs as well as all kinds of other things that one could find relating to wildlife.
It was the Estuary theme and the memory of the sheer number of snowy owls that came down for the winter about two years ago in search of food - it was amazing to see them sitting on the driftwood, stumps or other objects in plain sight during the day. So it is basically a study of a snowy owl, but made difficult by the fact that I don't have a snowy owl on hand to study!!! I couldn't get close enough (one is not supposed to disturb them - nor would I want to) and I don't have a powerful zoom lens on my camera so I have had to rely on other peoples photos as well as my own memory and general knowledge of birds, incl. owls - and that never works as well. So I'm having all kinds of trouble, especially the eyes - I never got close enough to see tem clearly - I know what they are like, but I would like to get a typical "owl-expression" in them if that is possible??? And photos flatten everything ------------------------------ and I don't like it!!! I doubt if any zoos around will have snowy owls on display?
Below is a quick very basic sketch as well as the painting as it is now - I need to do something more about the eyes in the hope of finally getting a result that I can accept - if that is at all possible. We will see! Or I may give up and do something more abstract with it - we will see.
I will post the result later - as well as the other work in progress as I go along!