Thursday, February 19, 2009

Mama Knows Best

Mama Knows Best
8 x 8 and 10 x 10 inch prints

Mama knows best... and lucky for Mama Owl, little baby owl knows it (unlike my own two kids who seem to think that they know everything there is to know about everything and that I'm just around to pass out juice boxes and fruit snacks when they demand them).

I love the look of adoration on baby owl's face... this illustration actually reminds me of my Grammy and me. When I was first born, my mom was pretty sick so I used to cuddle up next to my Grammy all night long.

Ever since I was a little girl, she would tell me that I just looked at her all night with great big eyes. Like an owl, I was pretty nocturnal (I still am) and as I was painting this one, all I could think of was cuddling up next to my Grammy. I still do, as often as I can, though now it is pretty hard considering that I'm not the teeny little 5 and a half pounder that I was when I was born. Good thing she has my girls to cuddle up with, too.

I still don't have watercolors figured out. I'm sure I never will... but at least I'm having fun playing around with them. That tree is my absolute favorite part of the illustration. And I love the look of light washes, like in the night sky. Colored pencils are so opaque when blended. I love that about them, but its nice to try something new and end up with a whole new look.

So here it is... Mama Knows Best.

Enjoy!
xoxo,

14 comments:

The Musings of The Momma said...

You really have an amazing eye for color! I just love how everything you do is so bright! Makes me smile!

Leah said...

I think you did a great job & I look forward to seeing more of your watercolors :)

Giggleberry (Amy) said...

LOVE the owls.... you are very clever!

Malamoose said...

This is absolutely amazing and I love the story behind it. Looking forward to checking out your Etsy shop!

-Bethany

Janna said...

Wow! For someone who hasn't figured out watercolor, you sure did a fabulous job on that one! I love the owls and the story about Grammy and you. You should write and illustrate books for children. I think you would be quite successful at it.

Lauren Alexander said...

Cute! I think you've got the watercolors under control. I really like the layers.

blueberryjunkie said...

Nice watercolour. I love the little owl!!

New England Quilter said...

What a sweet painting. I hope that you try some more water colors. Beautiful story behind the owls.
Amy
http://newenglandquilter.blogspot.com
http://newenglandquilter.etsy.com

Flor Larios Art said...

Very sweet. I really like the colors! I like your art...this is my first time on your blog and enjoyed it very much.
Thanks,

ps. Come to my blog to see my art... I am also having an art box giveaway...see you there!
FLor

Once Upon A Blue Crow said...

So sweet! My Gram was always one of my favorite people to cuddle with too!

DancingMooney ♥ said...

Watercolors are a little tricky, but you did a beautiful job! You never cease to amaze me with your ideas and your work!!
xoxo

::::Lula Boutique:::: said...

Very nice work and the name is too cute and perfect!!

Happy Birthday!! (a little late) and your new tattoo!! Wow! Very pretty!!

Lori Anderson Designs said...

I just love the colors! And owls are the best bird.

shiborigirl said...

Awwww, this is really sweet! I love the softness of it, while you've managed to have it be very colorful at the same time. Great job!

Kate

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