My Owl Painting

I thought you might enjoy seeing the painting I did of an owl today in stages:

Step 1 – Paint the background a brown color and let dry.  I’m using Arches Cold Press Aquarelle Art Board as my surface.

Step 2 – Draw my image in pencil.  Using a wet brush, I rewetted areas and then lifted the paint with a dry brush and a small damp sponge.

Owl Painting - 1

As you can see, this adds shading even before I add paint!

Step 3 – Start painting with layers of watercolor and white gouache.

Owl Painting - 2

It is starting to look like an owl!  I took a break from sitting and went for a walk outside.  🙂

Step 4  – Add finishing details with a fine brush.

Owl Painting - 3

Signed my name and I’m done!

Would love to hear what you think!  🙂

16 responses to “My Owl Painting

  1. Great job!

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  2. This is beautiful artwork!! 🙂
    Keep up the great work!

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  3. I love this owl. And what an interesting way of doing the background. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a watercolor done this way. I love the result though. great job

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  4. Holy hell, Jill, this is gorgeous!! Wow! I’m very impressed. And thanks for explaining your process! Love his cute little beak. :))) Terrific eyes too, but I like the whole thing. Awesome work!

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  5. Beautiful Jill!! Thanks for sharing your technique!

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  6. Magnifique peinture ! J’adore !


  7. That’s a really beautiful owl. Love the eyes, so intense. And the way you did it reminds me a little of what we learned from Carla’s latest painting on the board with gesso, but I’m so new at all this. I don’t even know what gouache is! ha ha Thanks for sharing your art.


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