Thursday, February 19, 2009
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.