How Now Barn Owl?

Over the years, I’ve made a number of owls, some Snowy Owls but mainly Barn Owls, because they are mostly white. Owl feather patterns are difficult to paint and require more time than I want to put into them, so there.

Owl Color Wheel

This simple color wheel has the three primary colors, (red, yellow, blue), and the three secondary hues, (orange, violet, green), which are the direct compliments of, and fall between the primaries. The six tertiary colors fall between the primary and secondary colors, but I didn’t want to paint that many owls.

Snowy Owl

These Snowy Owls were made for the January spot in a calendar for a German paper company. Unlike other birds that can be shingled in decorative feather shapes, owls require some facial expression and have the look of potential action in their attitude. It’s all in the eyes, doncha know…

White Barn Owl

The Barn Owl is a very common owl in the Americas, and being a very common American myself, I enjoy doing variations on this everyman’s mouser. This white on white version was recently purchased at my show in the Grovewood Gallery in Asheville, NC. I don’t know HOO you are, barn owl lover, but thanks a hoot!

How now Barn owl

This Barn Owl, in an autumn setting, was happily commissioned because of the previously purchased white on white owl. I really don’t know why things can get so difficult with a familiar subject, but this is the result of three tries at it. Lots of white paper, cut and recut, painted and repainted to finally satisfy me. The electric blue and red limbs holding the intense reds and orange autumn leaves are a colored fantasy to enhance the owl with its heart shaped face.

At work

Here is the artist that we all know and love, posing in his studio, with a piece of scrap paper, trying to look like he’s working. There is, however, a finished barn owl lurking in the background, and that seems to be my current theme. From this point on, there are only found-object owl faces, strictly playtime in the studio.

Tin Pan Owl

Frying Pan Owl

Inch Worm Owl

I saw an Owl

Fancy Face Owl

Birch Bark Owl

Catcher's Mitt Owl

Owl Collage By One Of My Students

Thanks for visiting me…


I’m not content with what I know,
only with what I can find out.

My show at the Grovewood Gallery in Asheville, NC, has closed, but they have retained work for ongoing viewing. Click here if you are interested in my level one collage classes, and click here for information on a level two class.










3 thoughts on “How Now Barn Owl?

  1. Beautiful Leo. I wish I had one, especially the one behind you. Gorgeous! You didn’t mention the colors that are made up of LIGHT, which are the opposite of pigment. Primary colors are: Green, Red, and Violet. The pigment colors , as you know, are: CYM!!! Keep it up!

  2. You do know, don’t you, that you look like one of your subjects? OWL’S About That????? (You’re not the only one in this family who can turn a pun, you know! Beautiful work as always, fun post as expected…

  3. Love your owls Leo. Thanks for including mine. Looking forward to the level two workshop in a few weeks.

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