Paint Party Friday....The Owl Finds his Home


Every painting is a journey in itself.  
We start our journeys with the desire to interpret an image via the creative medium we have chosen.  The image forms within us.


As the layers of paint and form begin to converge, the flat 2-dimensional space is transformed, connecting the reality of the observed image with the creative vision of the artist.


The final dimension created is the reality that occurs within the observer. 
 Artists are the creators of multi-dimensional reality.


The journey of the Owl began with this simple background.  I loved the trees and stylized sky, but something wasn't working with that big open space.


I had been doing some paintings with borders, and thought that would work with the owl.  I didn't take into consideration the fact that owls are wild animals and can't be confined in a box.  I like the branches and the moon, but now the owl didn't "pop" as much as before.


I finally sat down this week with the owl outside and sat and sat.  Then my hand lifted and began to apply the paint.  More and more paint, until the trees grew tall (where owls like to live) and the stars sparkled (when owls like to play).  A world unfolded around the owl, and the owl was content.
He had found his home.


What do you think?  Do you like Owl #1, Owl #2 or Owl #3??
I would love to hear your opinions!

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Comments

Yay Carrie...SO Beautiful!!! I love owls...they are special to my heart..such gorgeous messengers and spirits aren't they! Wow..you have captured such unique essence in all three! I love them all of course...hmm..I am most drawn to Owl #2 with the yellow backdrop..wow..they are just all stunning...so i love them all! You are a wonderfully inspiring artist..i love what you wrote...gorgeous and insightful as always!! Thankyou for sharing your magical world..
Victoria~
Marlene said…
Great painting..... I like them all but I love the way it turned out in #3 and your process to get to that point was a wonderful read.
La Abela said…
For me the number 3 is the one with more strength, more visual impact, although the latter seems more decorative and avant-garde, I'll take the force of the third. A kiss
Msartist said…
So hard to choose which one I like better as each painting tells its own story. #1 I like that owls are mostly out at night & this evokes that concept #2 because the owl just stands out so much with the background #3 due to its simplicity and design! Fantastic owl and painting!! ~Happy PPF Theresa
WrightStuff said…
Definitely owl 3. I too have been working on a canvas that kept changing - though mine ended up something completely different to how it started!

Owl 3 has the magic of the night and the secrets of the forest about it.
art2cee2 said…
oooh, I love this owl. the eyes are so engaging! :-)
Jenny Blair said…
What a lovely journey to read..and I'm glad the owl found his home in the end..I would have to agree and say that the last one is my favourite..although they are all beautiful :)
Christine said…
what a great 'journey of the owl', thanks for sharing!
EVA said…
Carrie, your owl is magnificent! I like all versions but especially LOVE version 3. The Moon, tree shadows and stars pop!

A fabulous piece, I love it!

Wow!
Heather said…
Oh yes, I definitely like #3 the best. but they are all fun! Thanks for sharing with us. the owl looks sparkly, is it? Have a great friday! xo
SHERI C said…
Owl #1 stands out most to me. I really LOVE this piece!
Kristin Dudish said…
Such fun to watch this transformation...

I think they would make a wonderful triptych!

xo
Kristin
Gloria said…
Personally "Owl" say that number 3 is my favorite. I do like them all the process you used as well. "Owl" always have spot for owls, because we have one in our backyard certain times of the year. I love to hear them. Great work.
Pam Tucker said…
Oh, Owl #3 is my favorite! The branch seems to almost come out of the canvas right toward you and makes the owl the most vibrant. The background is my favorite in that one, also.
I loved that you showed each painting and talked about your thinking process as you worked through each one.
Wonderful post! Thank you!! :)
Anne said…
I like them all! One and three are probably my favorites. I love the trees in the first one especially, but they are all beautiful.
Heather said…
Ohhh l love the owls!!!!!!! All of them!!!
Thanks!! I wish I would have had you all around when I started the painting! Maybe I'll have to consult you for all tricky painting situations :) Yes, I do think owl #3 will be the final pick. Plus, my most important and influential critic, my artist father, loves it :) Hooray, the owl shall finally rest!!
Hybrid J said…
Fantastic paintings. The colors and texture work very well with the subject. Owl 3 is my favourite as it brings magical nature, which associates to owl image, out dramatically. Great work! ;)
Oh WOW- this turned out incredible! I love that you showed us the steps of your journey and I'm relieved that I'm not the only one who sometimes has to stop and listen to what my painting wants to be....
LOVE this!
Happy PPF- a day late!
Stephanie
priti.lisa said…
I am glad you kept going, Carrie, #3 is the BOMB! I absolutley love the back ground. It does something magical to the Owl's eyes. Stunning work.
xox
Pointy Pix said…
I love the journey you took us on with the evolution of this painting. I think you were absolutely right to go with your gut and keep on until you felt it was right. And i think the final version is outstanding!
Melisa said…
I love #3. I'm glad you kept changing it until you were satisfied. I think the owl has found the perfect home for himself, now.
Netty said…
Loving hearing about your journey with your paintings. I adore owl 3 its totally magic and so atmospheric. Am so loving this party. Annette x
ThisTinder said…
You do such a great job with the dimension of the feathers and achieving the general 'feel' of an owl besides just it's appearance! Something wise, hidden.
~Kerry
angelself said…
This is a great owl! I love number three, and I think its finished now ;)
Kathryn
JoMo said…
Great post. It's so important to be true to what's happening on the substrate. I love the final product. Loved seeing your process.
Cheers,
Jo
Cameron said…
Yes...definately #3! The brush just knew :D
Yvonne said…
Love them all but I feel #3 is looser and makes more of an impact. It is not your run of the mill owl painting, it is lovely. I"m just getting arouond to PPF but glad I didn't miss your post. Lovely words as well. I'm yvonne #17 this week. Look forward to your week this PPF.

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