Marybeth Heikes

Paintings in Watercolor & Mixed Media

Screech Owl

Screech Owl

Acrylic collage

I have always painted birds and animals and decided to design another owl. I love the colors and textured patterns of the owl’s feathers. Using the thick acrylic paints and mixing a variety of colors when hand-painting my collage papers, I can create a variegated mixture of colors that work perfect for bird feathers.

After doing a pencil sketch, I began cutting the paper shapes with an X-acto knife and assembled the pieces on a piece of 300# watercolor paper. Most of the time I use a gessoed hardboard, but because this was a smaller size, the heavier paper worked just as well — a variety of supports can be used for collages. After I glued the owl and added the background, it seemed empty to me so I added some branches which added interest and color to the composition. The repetition of the feathers coincides with the leaf shapes which unifies the painting.

Posted in Whimsical Wildlife on November 15, 2022.

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Format Size Price
Original 8″ × 11″

Black wood frame (11" x 14") with gray and black mats

Print 8″ × 10″

Actual image size is 7.27″×10″.

$30.00 |
Print 11″ × 14″

Actual image size is 10.18″×14″.

$40.00 |
Print 16″ × 20″

Actual image size is 14.55″×20″.

$55.00 |
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