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I actually painted this in late October and thought if it came out alright I’d post it for this month’s Draw-a-Bird day.

I’ve never seen a Barred Owl in the wild but, would love to!

Barred Owl in Watercolor

Reference/inspiration Stokes Field Guide to the Birds of North America

Painted on Canson 140lb coldpress watercolor paper

Paint: Turner Artist Watercolors; sap green, maya yellow, burnt umber, permanent yellow, ultramarine blue

Ink: Carbon Platinum Pen and ink

Brushes: Escoda #6, rd #2 rd , Mimik Kolinsky #12

More to come…



  1. What a lovely, sweet painting! I’m so glad you posted it. There is a man who travels all over Illinois leading owl walks. I recently went to a program he put on, complete with calls and stuffed birds. It was quite a performance! He is particularly fond of barred owls.

    • Oh that walk sounds lovely!! I’d go on one or more of his walks!

      I hope I get to see a Barred owl one day.

      Thank you for the compliment on my painting! It means a lot coming from you!! xx

  2. My very favorite of your bird photos. The colors are perfect and harmonize well.

  3. Ahhh my spirit bird. 💕

    • How cool you know your Spirit Bird! I don’t have a sense of knowing mine like I do my Spirit Animal. It’s Deer. 🙂 Perhaps I don’t have one.
      Occasionally, I feel as if I’ve walked with the Spirits of certain birds, and animals when I happen to see them in the wild and they see. It’s hard to describe the spiritual feeling I get, but it’s quite a blessing!

  4. Very nice

  5. Adorable, love it! 🙂

  6. lovely work from lovely artist Deb!! I’m impressed!

  7. Great job!

  8. I like this owl drawing, Deborah. I am a fan of birds for obvious reasons! Smiles, Robin

    • 🙂 Thank you Robin!

      • I once posted a story of a cardinal who came knocking on my window as almost a spiritual message from my grandfather. I painted for my Mom’s 85th birthday, a pair of young cardinals with autumn leaves. I am hoping my column of tags would lead someone if they wanted to see this or read the tale. I sent it out into the magazine world and the only place who sent me a note back was Guideposts. They did many people have felt that birds can be “angels” and appreciated the story. (No, didn’t publish it though! 😉 )

  9. I’m so impressed! You have a lot of talent!

  10. beautifully done deborah! I really like this one!

  11. What a beautiful painting Deborah!

  12. Wonderful painting, Deborah :-). Your owl is beautiful, and I love the colours and sense of light – very peaceful. I’ve never seen a Barred Owl but I did see a couple of Great Horned Owls last week. Hope you get to see one soon!

    • Thank you so much Myriam! It’s good to see you here! I’ve missed your blog.

      I hope to see one someday too! 🙂 Maybe we’ll both get lucky!

  13. Very nicely done, Deborah. I have only seen owls a few times in my life, and I don’t know what kind they were. This is very pretty.

    • Thank you so much Dan! I’ve only seen Barn, Burrowing, and Long Earred owls and not all that often! Owls are so neat. It would be neat to see a Barred owl, and a Snowy Owl wouldn’t it? I’d be over joyed!

  14. Very nicely done Deborah.

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