Many years ago my brother found an injured great horned owl in the woods. It had been shot in the wing. It was alert and able to perch, but could not fly. We brought it to a wildlife veterinarian, but sadly, they were not able to save it.
I’ve wanted to do an owl painting ever since then, but lack of a decent reference photo and being intimidated by all those intricate feather patterns fostered my procrastination. I finally got around to it, and I’m quite happy with the result:
Great Horned Owl – 8.5 x 11 color pencil and pastel.
(Reference photo for owl used with permission from Crystal Stacey of Edged Feather Photography .)