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04-28-2011, 04:16 PM
hi folks
Oh man am i getting driven crazy by this painting. Ive been working on it for....countless hours, i cant even guess how long now. it feels like ive been working on it forever. Oils were possibly a bad choice to try and do so much tiny detailing in haha. acrylic is the way to go for barn owls i think.
Anyway, this is the current progress of my barn owl pic. I have to confess it is driving me insane haha. Still a bit to go yet but its starting to get somewhere finally after a disaster with the background getting increadibly dusty somehow (i suspect there was some on the palette when i was doing some glazing) which resulted in me having to actually sand off the top layer of the background colour and start again. Now im having a fight with the tiny black and white barred feathers that seem to be everywhere on it and really really wishing they dried as fast as acrylic. Ive never really attempted anything like this in oils before, they seem to have a mind of their own at times.
This isnt the best of photos as its pretty much dark now and i cant get anything better until tommorow but C&C welcome :)


Kathrin G.
04-28-2011, 04:20 PM
I wish my struggles would look this good :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

04-28-2011, 05:33 PM
I wish my struggles would look this good :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Agreed!!! My struggles usually end up in the trash! This is beautiful!!

04-28-2011, 05:52 PM
It's a winner...one of the best owl paintings I've seen!:clap: :clap: :clap:

04-28-2011, 06:08 PM
I think there is a saying, there can be no beauty without pain... and this is BEAUTIFUL!! Haha I also wish my oil paint struggles looked this good :)

Seriously this is an incredible painting! The owl's expression, the lighting, everything - yes including those super tricky feathers - is just gorgeous. Love the simple background, dust and all. Can't wait to see it finished :D

04-28-2011, 06:21 PM
worth every second.

04-28-2011, 07:07 PM

John B
04-28-2011, 07:10 PM
I think its stunning. A beautiful painting of a beautiful bird.


04-28-2011, 07:22 PM
The owl is beautiful, although I'd have to agree that barn owl plumage IS tough in oils. Can't wait to see this one progressing :)


04-28-2011, 08:23 PM
As one wise ole owl once said. Hooo ! Hooooo! Hooooo! Nice work!

04-28-2011, 09:05 PM
Gorgeous painting. :clap:

04-29-2011, 04:36 AM
Beautiful painting!


John Palmer Fine Art
04-29-2011, 05:04 AM
Wonderful painting Katy, love the rich colours.

04-29-2011, 07:53 AM
It's fine to have struggles but the art is in the viewer not seeing any evidence of them. There's no evidence here - absolutely gorgeous!!!

04-29-2011, 09:02 AM
Looks great to me Katy,lovely work on the plumage.

Best from mike.

04-29-2011, 11:13 AM
wonderful piece of art and the finish will be a true winner I am sure of that.
Struggles will be worth it in the end


04-29-2011, 01:44 PM
Thats really sweet...great color, great details, very dramatic and yet serene. Nice job!

04-29-2011, 10:43 PM
This is looking really good. Love the face, particularly!

04-29-2011, 11:48 PM
lovely work!

04-30-2011, 12:24 AM
I really like this! The owl is beautiful, love how the background really makes those awesome details stand out. Great work!

04-30-2011, 12:15 PM
Gorgeous work, love the darks you've used, really makes the owl stand out....

04-30-2011, 01:56 PM
Wow, that is simply gorgeous! That is one of the BEST paintings of (my favorite) a barn owl that I've ever seen. I actually find it easier to do fine detail in oils because the paint comes off my brush easily and dependably when I'm down to using those tiny detailing brushes. It's always been a struggle with acrylics (love/hate relationship with acrylics--can you tell?).

Anyway, this is a terrific painting, Katy. Well done!


04-30-2011, 10:55 PM
I love the realism of the owl and the barbed wire. I would never guess that you had a hard time of it.

05-01-2011, 11:08 AM
Ohmygoodness this is so beautiful!!!!!! I love it!