This is a watercolor sketch that I am working on. It is part of a series of owl paintings that I am making into cards that will be for sale here They will be posted for sale with my larger paintings when the cards are ready. Yes, I am still an owlaholic with no desire to change!
My niece Ava loves owls. Her room has owl stencils on the walls, an owl bed spread and pillows. I am working on this sketch for her as a surprise……
I should say handsome in pink. With a combination of rose dore madder, naples yellow red and a touch of blue/grey and titanium zinc white, I added the background color that I like to compliment Wellie’s black and white curls. I can always go darker if needed. His Mom, Debby e-mailed me yesterday and we were talking about the same shades, so hopefully this is it! Just a little more time before it is finished……
I’m working on this portrait in oil. (This image is flipped because I shot it with my computer.)This should be a good day to finish it. I’m thinking of a rose or potter’s pink background…..hope I have some. It would be too bad if I HAD to make a trip to Herweck’s Art Supply to spend my gift certificate!
We love it when we spot an owl. Seeing two was a special treat late one afternoon, trail riding in a wooded area of the ranch. We always carry our cameras with us on our saddles, but these two were long gone before we had a chance to capture them. This is a big painting in oil that I have started that reminds me of that day. If we had been lucky enough to get that shot, the depth of field would have been shallow and the image pretty much out of focus and underexposed. I will never forget the eyes, though.
This has been the most fun painting to work on. It is painted with oil and I feel like I finally have the feel of it and I really love it….I thought watercolor would always be my first choice, but for now I am hooked on the richness of oil…….Besides these beautiful bovines, my inspiration comes from Andrew and Jamie Wyeth. My artist friends call me Dandrew and that is a compliment. My models for this painting belong to my neighbors. You can see how fat and sassy they are. They are contented cows, for sure…..Most of my paintings have been reproduced as Giclees by the finest photographic lab in the country and I just posted them all for sale on Etsy.com. This painting will be available in a limited edition (less than fifty) and will be reproduced on archival quality Artist’ stock material. Hand signed by Dana Spring Parish.
I must have a million brushes. Some are almost worn out, but I never throw ANYTHING away. You can look in my closet (if you are brave enough) and see my collection of never once worn items. Then there is my collection of pencils which include charcoal, graphite, mechanical, every shade of pastel and watercolor. My favorite is a Staedler super fine point. My collection of erasers is in a drawer by itself. Peyton is taking an art class this semester and I offered him his pick of these prize possessions. He declined my offer. He has one wooden pencil with an eraser that went through the washing machine.
I had to google” pencil” to get a photo of this relic. My son is a no frills artist……..What he has done so far with his pencil rivals Van Gogh, Pollock and Picasso…..I am SO bad about my stuff that I almost forgot what were the primary colors. I have every shade of any color that you could imagine and feel the need to duplicate each hue in acrylic,egg tempera, goache, watercolor, pencils (see above), oil (hmmm…..expensive, but SO YUMMY)and maybe encaustic wax in the future. Am I inspired? Yes, but I still can’t throw ANYTHING away!
It will be fine until I get into life size sculptures of all our animals, then we may have a problem…..
Kind of a grey drizzly day…A good day to stay inside and paint
He kind of looks like a constipated one legged fat little turd bird that could snap that branch, but I am going to beef up the branch and add some more flowers, another leg and whatever else I think he needs……