The Great Horned Owl in Miniature - Painting

Part Two: Painting

By: Al Jordan

Al Jordan lives in Rochester, New York, where he is a master falconer. He was the North American shorebird champion in 2008 and the IWCA Shorebird Champion in 2010. Al is also an instructor and judge and the author of WILDFOWL CARVING MAGAZINE’S Half-Size Osprey Workbench Project. Learn about Al’s classes and one-on-one instruction at (585) 227-2235, www.ajordanbirds.com.

Painting the great horned owl seems like a daunting task. So take a deep breath and let’s think this through. Great horned owls come in many color variations. They can be very, very dark, almost black, and—on the other end of the spectrum— they can be almost white, with little to no barring. The typical great horned owl in the Northeast is a medium to dark brown, with flashes of a sienna-orange color and several areas of white. The browns occur as barring and cryptic patterns of dots and slashes on a backdrop of the orange and whites. This colorful Northeastern bird is what we’ll be painting in this article. The paints I’ll be using are a fairly new brand: Atelier, a free-flow artists’ acrylic paint. It is a high-end artists’ paint that has a very rich pigment and color. I have found it available through Jaymes Company. It is very compatible with the airbrush and paintbrush.

You can find the carving portion of this project here.



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Great tutorial. I read it and it seems like something I would really enjoy making. Thank you very much Al Jordan for taking the time to put all of this on here for us to see and learn. God Bless you and your family. Keep up the good work.

Great tutorial!


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