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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Let's Paint a Whimsical Fall Owl Together

Welcome. I am so happy that you stopped by.  My garden gate is always open for you to come in and sit and relax with a cup of tea.  Today we are going to paint a very simple and whimsical  Owl together.Our beautiful Fall weather is still holding in Southern California and it is a perfect day for us to be in the garden looking for inspiration for our Owl.

Let's join Bentley, my Studio Assistant, to look for inspiration. He has been patiently waiting for you to come into the garden.

Last week I mentioned in my post that it would be fun to paint a whimsical Owl inspired by my new garden pillows with Owls. I received a flood of e-mails from readers saying "yes" to painting a simple Owl.

I painted my Owl on a 6x6 canvas.  You can also paint yours on a wood plaque that can be purchased at your local craft store.  First, base coat in a color of your choice - I used a light green.  I also use Liquiex heavy body paint.  Next draw the outline of the Owl - the whimsical Owl is a simple U shape with little ears.  Next draw two large circles and then the eyes.  I originally planned to paint a tree branch for the Owl to stand on and changed my mind and decided to paint a Sunflower branch.

PI painted my Owl in several shades of brown.  Owl eyes are yellow with  dark pupils and the beak is an orange.

After you paint the entire Owl - add small lines around the circle of the eyes and little brush strokes to give the feel of feathers.  I also added Sunflowers as they remind me of Fall and added an eye hook on top and threaded burlap ribbon through to give  a finished look.

The new Owl has taken his place in the garden along with the other little whimsical Fall paintings.

Thank you for stopping by.  I love hearing from you and sincerely appreciate your comments, e-mails, visits and those who follow my blog.   Please let me know if you have any questions about painting your Owl.

Have a lovely week.  Blessings,  Erin

                     "I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go".  Psalm 32:8


Jeanie said...

Whenever I've tried to teach kids how to paint, I've explained that you look for shapes and then soften them up or add touches. I loved how you explained about the U-shape -- you have the U, the triangle-ears, diamond nose and circle eyes! I just did a little sketch of the owl and it was so fun. I think I may have to give painting one a try! Thanks for the lesson and the colorful inspiration!

Jeanie said...

I am totally captivated by this post. Whenever I've tried to teach kids to draw, I tell them to look for shapes. The owl is a perfect model I never thought of with its U, triangle-ears, circle eyes and diamond nose! I just did a quick sketch and it wasn't bad but wouldn't have thought of it without this post! I may have to try it on a larger painting (My sketch was about 3x3!) Thanks for the fun and all the inspiring fall color!

Mary said...

So charming Erin!! Thank you for showing us your process for painting this cute little guy. I'm going to share it on my FB page.

Garden Whimsies by Mary

Susan Freeman said...

Adorable Erin!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Marlynne said...

So Sweet! Precious Fall Style Life in your garden! So kind of you to show how to paint an owl. Marlynne

Betty said...

I love the owls. You are such a wonderful artist.

Susan said...

Oh my GOODNESS, Erin. What whimsey! What splashes of color!

Your front walkway looks like, well, like an artist's! Of course!

Take care and keep up the wonderful work. Love seeing your creations.

The owl painting is definitely something to "woo" about! Susan

Lady Jane said...

The closest I have ever come to painting was a one stroke class I took. I will have to try your owl it looks so fun. Love all the fall elements in your garden.