#NatureDoodlewash

It’s early evening on the Nature Trail today, and we’ve quietly come across a long-eared owl. The tufts on the top of its head are feathers and not ears, although they look like them. It only raises them when alarmed, so, like the squirrel the other day, we’ve once again spooked a little critter. Oops.

This one took a little longer than yesterday’s stag, about an hour, due to all the fiddly little markings and the el-cheapo paints drying out before I’d finished them, which meant the colour faded. In the end, I resorted to watercolour pencils to finish the job, otherwise I’d have been here until Kingdom Come. I’ve got the basic shape, but just wish I could have done more with the markings. The eyes also haven’t come across well in the photo, as they are slightly more orange in the original… but only just. Maybe I shouldn’t have used the flash. Still, it’s all trial and error!

Will there be anything on the trail tomorrow, I wonder? If so, I hope it’s something plain!

Posted by Tom Merriman

A future writer living in the present day

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  1. Nice! I love this one! The blue background is lovely and adds a great contrast to the owl. Nicely done!

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  2. Well done Tom! We have all got to quit scaring or spooking all the creatures and critters out there! 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Susan. And it’s so true that we do! Let’s see how the next one fares! 😉

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  3. great job on this one Tom!

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    1. Thanks for saying so, Jodi! 😀

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  4. An Owling success my friend! 🙂

    Can’t wait to see how you do with some decent paints and a good set of brushes!!! 🙂

    God Bless!

    Prenin.

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    1. Hi Prenin, today’s painting uses those decent paints (minus white) you mention… I still need practice and plenty of it!

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