Just in case I don't have time to get a piece done tomorrow, I've painted it today and thought a few of you might also be interested in my step-by-step process. As you can see, I don't do a preliminary drawing. I just 'knock it in' with a #2 flat (Silver Bristlon is my favorite brush). Then I work fairly traditionally - dark to light. Almost forgot to mention the most important part....I paint with the panel sideways or upside down - seldom do I work with the painting right-side-up. When the image is upside down, rather than seeing an owl I see shapes and design.
I've done similar backgrounds in the 75 for $75 project - the Red-tailed Hawk and the Barn Owl...but in both of these studies I softened the background with a small watercolor mop brush. I intended to do the same with the Great Horned Owl background but I sort of liked the hard edges where one color transitions into another - so I left it as is. Hope you like it!
Great Horned Owl
7" x 5" oil study on board, unframed
$75 plus $6 shipping within the U.S