Shortly after painting my Bird Tree I had a vision of an Owl Tree Collection. I could see it very clearly in my mind. It would be made up of nine different owl families, one family for each paintings. They would all be perched in a large Pine tree at sunset. I thought long and hard about painting the sky because I knew I wanted this collection to have more depth in color. I started this collection over a year ago, and now after putting these paintings on hold a few times I'm finally seeing my vision come life!
Here are some behind the scene photos of how this collection all came together:
Like all my watercolors, I began by lightly drawing out the owls in the tree.
Then I protected the outline of my owls with a latex base fluid called masking fluid. To learn more about the tools and materials I use check out my post: Tools of the Trade.
I had to leave my studio space temporarily, in order to paint the background of these paintings. I needed to paint them all at once to ensure the sky and the tree matched throughout the collection, which required a large surface to paint on. This was difficult to do, but I was able to make it work in my dinning room. It's a good thing I'm tall and have long enough arms to reach across all the paintings to paint!
Juggling nine paintings at once was stressful and very tricky at times. I kept telling myself, if I can do this it will all be worth it!
After many, many, many, washes and layers of paint I completed the sky and the tree. Now I can separate the paintings and finish painting them one at a time in my studio.
This is a very common scene in my house, me painting with my headphones on!
The end results was exactly how I imagined it in my mind! Yippee!
Painting this collection reminds me how much I love watercolors and why I paint. It's for that moment when I complete a painting, step back to look at what I created, and ask myself did I achieve my vision? When I do it's such a rush for me! At that moment I'll smile from ear to ear as my heart races, and fills with joy. For me this has been an addicting feeling, one that motivates me to imagine, and to create; and when I imagine, I believe anything is possible!
For more information on this collection and close up views of the individual paintings check out the links below. Enjoy!
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