Winter is traditionally a time of rest, quiet and cabin fever. Not so for me this year! I’ve been taking advantage of the mild Winter (here on the west coast) to get some things in the yard done including building a fancy new chicken coop which can house 12 chickens! As for art I’ve been more internal with my creativity contemplating what I want to do on a 3 foot by 3 foot canvas I have waiting for me. I’ll get more into that in my next post. I’ve also been having a little fun with my drawing pad. It’s been a long time since I created a drawing from start to finish and not just as a sketch for a painting. Here is the creative process of Edgar the Barn Owl.

 

Edgar was created using a light pencil drawing, then I added ink using my trusty Steadler pens. I used colored pencil for the light shadows and orange/brown areas on the feathers. Finally, I added a soft feathery texture with conte’ in the whites, more in the orange/browns and for the background.

Edgar is a curious little predator who lives on the edge of a woodland and a farm. He lost his mate many years before and no other has come to take her place. This makes him more grumpy then he would otherwise be. Edgar wears a tracking anklet a memento from a tumultuous past.

Spring is here early! I wrote a haiku in its honor:

With flowers to bribe
and bird song to sooth Winter
Spring, she is early.