Friday, December 27, 2013

The watercolor owl. . .

We spent last weekend in Mississippi with my cousin Selena and family.  Selena loves all things owl and while we were there I was inspired to try my hand at a Cori Dantini inspired owl.  While my owl is nowhere as whimsical as one of Cori's - I definitely swiped the shape of her owl for mine. 
Forgot to take a pic of the pencil sketch but you can see some of it through the watercolor.  When we travel I usually take a few art supplies with me - this trip I had my KOI watercolors, a few pencils and black pens/markers, some Stabilo watercolor pencils and my favorite white Sharpie paint pen.  It all fits along with my notebook and a small handtowel into a small makeup bag. 
I always love how a picture starts to come together with the pen work!  It is so worth the time that it takes when suddenly your bird comes alive with personality! 
Some pencil shading and a liberal dose of "dots" and the critter is done.  This isn't the first time Selena has inspired me to play with owls - check out this post! 
Linking to Paint Party Friday,

13 comments:

Lisa Isabella Russo said...

What a beautiful owl! It is certainly full of whimsy and so lovely. How smart of you to take art supplies with you as you travel.

Jana TangledPen said...

So so sweet! Your owl is really adorable - great work :)
Happy PPF and a Happy New Year too!

Faye said...

Beautiful artwork. I really like the little white dots. It really makes the owl pop!

veronica said...

I love it!
Is it for sale?
How much?

denthe said...

Such a beautiful owl! Love the colours and especially the eyes ....

JoyCorcoran said...

What a great idea to use the Sharpie white paint marker. The owl is so vivid and has such a sweet personality. The colors are great!

Jessica Sporn said...

beautiful and the pen work really made her pop.

froebelsternchen Susi said...

gorgeous watercolor owl!

Happy PPF!
Happy New Year!

LiliansArt said...

gorgeous process!.. I hopped on her by way of Piant party friday. Happy new year!

Danielle said...

Very lovely!

alarmcat said...

love your owl!!! very sweet. i haven't heard of Cori before…will have to check out her work.

Pia Rom said...

Your owl is adorable and how I love to see the steps it comes to life!!! Yes the black and white marks are the important ones to give it personality in my opinion too ;) ♥ Thank you so much for beeing part of
http://mix-it-monthly.blogspot.de and a Happy New Year ♥ Conny

~cori said...

this is a WONDERFUL twist of my owl!!! i love it. you totally made it all your own, but i can see mine referenced which is so cool! thanks for the link to this!

cori