Friday, January 17, 2014

Owl ~ Symbol of Clairaudience and Clairvoyance

"The owl teaches us how to tap into intuition
and to understand and trust subtle perceptions."

Owl Spirit ~ Feminine Mysteries
Day 17

Magic ~ Wisdom ~ Illumination  ~ Healing

Below are some progression shots of my painting process today. I can't believe I actually remembered to stop a couple of times and take pictures! 

First Step
One of my goals for the 30/30 was to get more proficient at painting eyes. I like to start my animal with their eyes. The eye can make or break a portrait. And if painted first, it's easy to wipe off on Yupo paper if not satisfied with it. Yesterday, I left the fox's eyes for later, which was a mistake. I was not 100% sold and was forced to keep them because it would have been a real hassle to wipe them back at that point. After some fiddling, I decided to keep them, especially since I didn't hate it.

Second Step - Put in mid-tones.

Third, the background was added with thick dark pigments.

Owl Spirit -  Full frame/ Uncropped

Fourth, the painting is refined and detailed, mainly by taking pigment away with a damp brush.

I am really thrilled with all the new friends I've been meeting online.
All your awesome work has been inspiring me through the 30/30! 
Your friendship, comments and feedback are keeping me pumped!!

I hope the magic is with you today.

Thanks for stopping by!

X ♥  O

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