Michele Clamp Art

snowy owls

Flying Snowy Owl

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Flying Snowy Owl
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It’s been about a year since I did a snowy owl. I had the chance to do a live demo at Maine Audubon in January 2018 which was great fun. I didn’t really feel that I’d done the subject justice so I wanted to have another go.

I think he came out very well. The blues and grays define the wings and feathers well without getting too dark and the wings and body have a lovely rhythmic shape to them. Phew!

Spare Owls

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Snowy Owl

I discovered I hadn't posted this one on the blog.   Mostly because it was my first attempt at snowy owls and I wasn't best pleased with it.   But it's here now for completeness.

Maine Audubon Exhibition and Owl Demo

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Michele Clamp painting Maine Audubon's snowy owl mount

Last autumn I was very happy to receive a request to show some Maine bird paintings at the Maine Audubon Center in Portland.    At the time we all thought it a great idea for me to do a watercolor demo of their fabulous new snowy owl mount.    Now producing most of the paintings went very well and some even sold before the opening and had to be replaced which is a nice problem to have.      However the snowy owls were a problem and it took me a few goes before I produced something I could bear to put up.  See the carousel below for my trials and tribulations.

So it's fair to say I was a little unsure how the demo would turn out.      Or if anyone would turn up!

In the end everything turned out fine.    We had around 40 people come through - at one point around 35 were standing around watching the painting progress.   The shop did great business and I hope everyone had a good time.   I know I certainly did.   

Below is a time-lapse of some of the painting (sadly cut short before the end as we ran out of battery).


And here are a couple of shots during the session.    

So what was the end painting like.  Well - not too bad.    It was hard to keep the concentration going as well as people asking questions but I was pretty pleased in the end.    One thing I did learn,  however, was how much more satisfying it is painting from 'life' (or at least something in front of you) rather than a photo.  Even your own photos are rather dead and lacking in detail.   

Owls 3 - Clamp 1

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So after some studying and planning I'm finally making some headway with the owls.   Somewhat counterintuitively I'm having to be much more careful with the marks and not let the paint do too much of the work.   I don't think I'm quite there yet but there is light at the end of the tunnel.