The hardest part was figuring out how to put an owl in the habit of a monk. I posted a few sketches I did awhile back—here are a few more. Most of them were less than successful, but it was in my mind to do this, and so I figured it out.
Friar Owl, acrylic in panel, 5" x 5", private collection. Saint Francis of Assisi liked birds very much. So do I. This is not a picture of St. Francis as an owl. It is a small painting of an owl who is a Franciscan friar.
This was painted with matte acrylics on a hardboard panel. I painted the panel black, then drew the outline with brush and white acrylic. Many of the numerous layers of paint are peeking through.
I like this sketch better than the finished painting though.