Roughly 75% finished on this piece. One of the most difficult parts was painting the poisoned rat. Which leads me to the point of the piece: don’t use rat poison. Not only is it a terrible way to go, but animals that would snag poisoned animals for an easy dinner would share in their terrible death. Actions have deadly, far reaching consequences, and the majority of people simply don’t know.
Acrylics, acrylic ink, watercolor, and colored pencils on Arches 140 lb hot press watercolor paper. Tagged for stylized gore, blood and animal death.
the great horned owl (bubo virginianus) is the largest species of ‘true owl’ found in the americas. they have a widespread range throughout both north and south america and are highly adaptable. the great horned owl is overall brown, but coloration varies based on subspecies and range. their main food sources are rabbits, mice, and voles, but they are willing to feed on a variety of small animals. the tufts of feathers on the head, sometimes referred to as horns or ears, are called plumicorns. while their use is unknown, it’s believed they may be used to communicate with other owls.
Yeah, I know I’ve been overreacting lately. But… you know, art!
I’m still cursing occasionally at this, but mostly it’s just me shaking my head when the brush lets loose a pool of water to disrupt my stroke, or my tired old brushes leave ragged edges. The wet palette is DEFINITELY helping. I don’t know how I got by without it.
@elektroyu was wise to remind me of how goddamn rough acrylics start out. I really had forgot, so thank you! Almost didn’t want to pull through for a few hours there. Also found my glazing medium! Yes! Wish I hadn’t been so clumsy with that top transparent wing, but what ya gonna do?
I keep having flashbacks to a painting instructor who told me that I draw with paint instead of painting with it. MAYBE SO.
Anyway, thanks for bearing with my pathetic wailing and encouraging me all the same!