A Friendship Discovered

A Friendship Discovered | My First Owl Painting

Bird, meet owl.  Owl, meet bird.  These little peeps just discovered they are soul friends pulled together by the moon, whose resemblance they both bear :-)  And I just discovered that I *heart* painting cute little owls and birds.

This was my first time working with acrylics.  Well, not really.  But the first time I feel like I’ve painted anything decent with them. Misty Mawn’s Stretching Within art class got to be a real struggle for me when acrylic painting was introduced.  I’ve had the hardest time working with the heavy body, quick-drying paint.  When I was a kid I was used to water color paint, which is so much more flexible.  I’m glad I didn’t give up – because I feel like I’m finally getting used to working with them and liking the results.

I took a little break from Misty’s class to try my hand at Juliette Crane’s owl techniques.  After reading through the current issue of Somerset Studio and seeing her spread (along with Misty’s!), I was inspired to give it a try.  Of course I can pick it apart to death and see all the little things I would do differently next time, but I’m pretty happy with the results for being my first owl painting.

I’m loving rediscovering my love for art that I had as a kid.  I lost it as an adult because it always seemed so impractical to spend any time on it.  But my soul is loving the creative outlet and the way time just seems to stop when I’m doing it.  We deserve a break, you know?  I think we need to do better in life at finding joy – we work too much, too hard.

What do you like to do to take time out?

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