Tawny

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Excellent, Dixie...so well painted.

Don’t you love owls... like this guy Paul.

Good one Paul, lovely bird.

You've caught his pose and poise very well, Dixie. The eyes are haunting, are they not? Captivating. Bri

Good one Paul

Thank you all for your kind comments, I do appreciate then and find them encouraging.

Lovely colours, Paul, and the eyes really bring him to life.

Thank you Jenny for your comment. When I set out the initial light pencil sketch I always start with the eyes and build around the. The first thing I put paint to is the eyes, even on a almost blank sheet it seems to come to life, I feel that Im painting something that has life in it, I have tried painting by leaving the eyes till later, there seems to be no life in the painting. Silly old sod my son says.

Don't listen to your son Paul, keep doing it your way.

I always do the same as you, Paul, start painting with the eyes - as you say, it brings the painting to life quite quickly and somehow makes it more enjoyable to build the rest up around it.

Love owls and not as easy to paint as some might think, such a lot of markings and different shades in those feathers so well done Paul for capturing this beautiful bird. love those big eyes.

Great colours, great Owl.

Thank you Bill, Jenny, Linda and Richard your comments are appreciated a lot.

Take a look at this work by a famous Soviet illustrator https://yavarda.ru/pic_34950.html. He used a special paper to create a texture that was soft and uniform in tone. In general , each paper gives a special and unique effect. It depends on a brand. You can try different paper brands to get more soft or more sharpen silhouettes. Using different papers you can get many ideas on transferring softness of feathers, hair, etc. For example, to get such soft textures as you see in the work by a Soviet illustrator you can use Canson Montval Watercolor Paper.

Thanks for the personal advertising Natalia but no thanks you keep it yourself my dear.

Hang on Studio Wall
19/02/2020
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A4 watercolour, tawny owl on post. My favourite of all birds, the colours are just fantastic and each one is so different. Did this as a second painting whilst working in a bigger landscape, posted it to the daily sketch.

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Paul (Dixie) Dean

I developed an interest in watercolour painting whilst recovering from a spinal injury . Started painting whilst laid flat on my back using a mirror, did it stop the OT pestering me, but it backfired. When I sat up had to start all over again as I was use to painting through a mirror. Stop painting…

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