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Painting a Saw-whet Owl

Yesterday I painted a Northern Saw-whet Owl of the very distinctive Queen Charlotte Islands subspecies A. a. brooksi, which was inexplicably left out of the first edition of the Sibley Guide. I’ll post more details about the status and identification of this subspecies here soon. Today I’m just posting photos that I took showing the progression of the painting from the first wash of color to the finish.

2 thoughts on “Painting a Saw-whet Owl”

  1. Great to see the process! I certainly admire your prolific work. As someone who aspires to follow in your footsteps, or at least make a meager attempt, I find it very rewarding to see this step by step. Love the work Sibley, and I look forward to the new guide.

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