Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Owls on a Snowy Night

From time to time I see something and think, "wow that's amazing, I should draw that quick", and all too often that thought is followed by the thought that I am busy and do not have time to grab my stuff and draw.
Well, the other night I did stop and draw when I saw the great horned owl in a tree at the edge of our yard at dusk, in the snow (even though I was cooking dinner). The scene was just too cool to pass up. A snowy night keeping all the light collected and under the clouds, the whole backyard had gone purple - really - and the perfectly silhouetted owl on a tree branch. I grabbed my stuff (really picked it up, it was on the coffee table where I have been leaving it) and did a couple of quick sketches that I filled in with some washes of color.
It only took me fifteen minutes and it felt really great to not pass up the amazing sight out my window for another more convenient time.
I think that making time, even if it's just a few minutes, can make all the difference.


  1. Oh boy, do I need to take a page out of your book. This is fabulous, Suzanne!

  2. Two things...You could leave a big pile of bird seed at the base of the tree for the owl...( a nice thing to do in winter)...&, if you do leave bird seed, & make a friend, then prepare your materials in advance for a fuller work, then, if owly appears, you can do a more developed, whole painting...(I love the sketch you have done, don't get me wrong)...p.s. repeat with the bird seed if you need owly to pose more...