Owl, Surprized. Acrylic on canvas, 4" x 12", private collection.
The owl sketch above was done, along with a bunch of others, after dinner one night. Had gathered a bunch of photos of owls and was looking through them for inspiration, and the sketches were just doodles done with a micron pen.
The painting sort of fell out of the sketch (and my brain) the next morning. Did the comfortable green-red-gold-w/turquoise-bits color scheme because I was too lazy that morning and had no desire to tax myself with anything unusual.
The painting is straight matte acrylic on a deep-wrapped canvas. I painted it direct onto the red-washed surface with a brush and thin black paint. Unfortunately for me, the expression on the owl puts me in mind of a face that a politician (who will remain unnamed) used to make. But that was an accident. I'm sick of politics and I was really sick of that politician.