A blog post without any work in progress shots! This barn owl painting has done some miles. It’s been to so many shows with me as a demo piece I’ve lost track of how far it’s been!
It’s 12 x 16 inches and has been completed with archival pastels (Derwents, Stabilos, Pitts and Caran D’ache) I find it easier to work on a piece of artwork at shows, it brings people to me and proves it’s me who does the work. I don’t pay someone in another country to do it so I can treble the cost and claim it as my own (some do, look for a website where the work is created by a lone artist with many different styles) neither do I employ many artists to do all the hard work for me then add a ridiculous fee on top. My work is created by me and I want people to know it. I also have to take piece I won’t want to kill someone over if they stick their fingers on it. I have a sign on my easel at shows saying ‘Please do not touch’ but there’s always somebody who does, sometimes even a fellow artist who should know better and even someone eating so I’ve learned not to take commissions to work on, thus for a while, this lovely barn owl has been my constant show companion and he’s been poked and prodded by a few but thankfully his feathers remain unruffled.
The owl itself came from a photo I took at Monmouth show a few years ago and the window has been heavily adapted from the show garden at Malvern Three Counties Showground. I bought myself some metallic pencils a while ago and was desperate to use them, I just knew they had to be shiny cobwebs and so the idea formed in my mind. My broken window has a few silvery cobwebs and I can’t wait to use them again!
I’ve also managed to finish three more commissions so will blog about those too, very busy here in the studio, next up is a little terrier and being owned by two of these myself I’m really looking forward to it.