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'In any land what is there more glorious than sunlight! Even here in the desert where it falls fierce and hot like a rain of meteors, it is the one supreme beauty to which all things pay allegiance ... The chief glory of the desert is its broad blaze of omnipresent light.'
-John Van Dyke

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Superb Owl Sunday!

Forgive me if the title sounds like bragging! But it is February 2, 2014 and Randy is watching the Sea Hawks beating the Broncos - but of course the Superbowl is not over yet. But my Superb Owl painting is just about finished.

The reference photos were by my friend Ned Harris who found a cooperative Burrowing Owl in the Sulfur Springs valley in SE Arizona. But we have some here in Marana, too.
Here are the steps, my challenge was to not let them blend into each other too much and bring the front one forward.

Here is the finished painting. The colors are a little off because by now it is so dark that I had to photograph it under my daylight corrected but yet artificial desk light. But I am quite happy with it. Luckily I'm no Broncos fan (or any kind of football fan for that matter.) But I like the VW commercial as described to me by my husband


  1. Super painting! You really captured their essence. It's so lifelike expect them to move around any second. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Nice! I'd never thought of the spelling similarity between the Bowl and the Owl! It's neat to see your process, too.