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Till Dawn by jpeckarts Till Dawn by jpeckarts
I had been watching some Barn Owls nest, and fledge and so I dug out an old photo I took of one and painted it. There's going to be a second soon to accompany it, of possibly a Tawny. It's going to mirror it and hopefully be sold together.

I recently read about old composition techniques and I was very aware of all the diagonals here. Everything points to the top corner to try and make it as grandiose as possible.

I kept on losing edges against the sky so I had to do a lot of playing around with values to get it right. I think in the end it's pretty good.

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youlittlemonkey Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015
Beautiful barn owl! Thi is  one of the best paintings Ive ever seen:clap:
I have a owl group I hope you will join :iconthe-owl-group:
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Waluestos Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015  Student Writer
Epic! I love it. 😲😁
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barnowlgurl23 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love it 
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BlazingShimmer Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hun, you have a gift.
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skycladarts Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
wonderfully rendered owls! :)
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TumblingTortoises Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
So beautiful! At first glance I thought this was a watercolor. Really love the colors on the wing especially.
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Dakknay-Sade Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Student General Artist
Beautiful color work... Everything is blended really nicely
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LacrymosaDiesIlla Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gorgeous. I'm in awe of how beautiful this is.
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GilPires Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
AWESOME ARTWORK!! THUMBS UP!
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
Magnificent painting! You do justice to the loveliness of the barn owl.
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cltcblu Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
This is lovely...
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Kweo Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so amazing. At first I thought this was a real photo because you did such a great job! Love it! : )
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:iconjpeckarts:
jpeckarts Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011
Thanks so much!
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:iconkweo:
Kweo Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome~
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IggySeymour Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
You captured every aspect of this barn owl in the life it even reflects! :)
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
fantastic, great colour and composition! I especially love the work on the wing.
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Cwylldren Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the colours on the wings.
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:iconjpeckarts:
jpeckarts Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011
Cheers, there's many more colours there than I first thought. Birds teand to be like that haha.
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:iconcwylldren:
Cwylldren Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
jepp, they do.
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DeadSweet Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi, your work has been featured in my journal, here: [link] :blush:
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jpeckarts Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011
Thanks for the inclusion, I like it!
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DeadSweet Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome ^-^
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Newgaia Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
She is very beautiful.
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jpeckarts Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
Ta! I love owls.
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the-robot-king Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011
Look mate you're not allowed to put photos on and pretend they're paintings.

But seriously holy crap... My mum's been singing your praises about this haha, so awesome, you better be getting about 200k for this AND another haha
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jpeckarts Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
Haha, your Mum has good taste! Ta!

I just woke up to ANOTHER 26 likes. I usually only get a few EVER.
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BenjiiBen Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Student General Artist
wow, this looks amazing!
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jpeckarts Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
Cheers, I appreciate it!
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weida34 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Hobbyist
beautifully done!! :)
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jpeckarts Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011
Thanks a lot!
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Sekhmet17 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That is so beautiful! The bird and the painting itself.
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jpeckarts Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011
Thanks!
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