Tricia Griffith – Fine Art

Corrugated Art: Barred Owl


10363853_10152801580177356_3186119471248526327_n (1)This is the second of the bargain 8×10 stretched canvasses that I scored at Goodwill. For this one, I thought the small size of the canvas was suited to a little barred owl.

This one was tricky in that I made some efforts to manipulate the cardboard to represent the direction of the feathers, which meant figuring out how to make the facial disc common in owls. For this, I actually peeled both sides of the paper off the cardboard and used only the corrugation for the face. I folded it into a fan shape and then quickly glued it into place before the fan unfolded itself.

10462714_10152499254162356_7182690841487077412_nI waffled for a while on what to do with the eyes, and finally decided to deviate from the use of cardboard in order to get a more of the effect of shiny, bright eyes. I ended up making them with a high grade polymer clay, which I baked and painted with black acrylic, then a coating of clear acrylic to make them more shiny. I carved out a bit of the cardboard where I was going to place the eyes in order to sink them into the face a little bit more.

10537333_10152585497977356_8626621735022915593_nA coating of white gesso, and then many, many layers of paint in order to try to capture the color pattern of the barred owl and a feathery feel. I gave him a little tree to hang out in and a few leaves as embellishments. In the photo to the left, I included my hand to give a feel for the size of the art.

The original of this work has been sold!





2 thoughts on “Corrugated Art: Barred Owl

  1. URGH….. I love Barred owls! Kinda wished I beat you to Goodwill. Good score Tricia!

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