I did another tiny painting today, 8x8” and oil on canvas. I’m having so much fun painting from my sketchbook or my morning walks. I saw this owl not today but the last two before, and the image has kept calling me, so today I put it down on canvas. I love having the barred owls hanging out in the neighborhood. I tend to walk Gideon very first thing, pick up the paper on the way back in the house, and then make breakfast. He can’t go too far, so we do several short walks a day instead of one longer one. Getting out that early has been beautiful. We followed the moon this morning, and we’re often out for the sunrise colors. The owls like early morning as well, so I’m seeing different things than when I settle in for breakfast first and walk after. As it gets cold, I may revisit this plan, but for now its been lovely.
I actually remembered to take a couple of progress shots while I was painting today. Usually I’m too absorbed in what I’m doing, but here were a couple of stages along the way.
Martha Kelly is an artist and illustrator who lives and works in Memphis, Tennessee.
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