Blog by Ellie Burdett
Owl in Flight – Acrylic Painting
I wasn’t sure where this picture was going when I started it…….always a risk; not to pre-plan, my only idea was clouds. So off I went and painted the sky with layers of pastel coloured paint that took my fancy in a diagonal fashion. Why diagonally – I’m not sure….maybe because I’m left handed. After drying I automatically went for the airbrush to layer in the clouds using a very wobbly and torn piece of paper that took my eye.
I studied the clouds for some time and realised the most obvious subject would be an owl in flight (of course….strange artistic mind). Using transfer paper I moved my sketch to the canvas and lightly painted the outline with unbleached titanium white.
I then filled out the owl with more unbleached titanium white following the direction of the feathers and matching my paints strokes to the shapes of the feathers.
I gradually added variations of colour for the feathers details using different shades of brown darker to lighter. Final feather highlights were then added in titanium white.
A few washes with glazing medium further defined the colours and finished with a coat of medium gloss varnish.
- Liquitex Basics paint
- Creatix spray paint
- Neo Iwata airbrush
- 40cm x 40cm square art in a canvas 280gsm
- Liquitex heavy body unbleached titanium white
I actually thought this project would make a really good cushion so curiosity being what it is went on to order a print.
Happy painting Ellie.