Sometimes art work gets finished in an orderly fashion. You move through the work from start to finish in a steady progression. At other times, the project gets set aside for many different reasons, mostly a shortage of time, interruptions, something else inspiring happens, or an indecision may stall the finish.
While visiting this sketchbook, I looked at more pages. Many were finished, giving me a feeling of deep satisfaction and pleasant memories of the moments they captured. Others were left blank with a note about what I wanted to paint in that space, and still others had a pencil sketch. Any of your sketchbooks look like this?
Owls are among the most beautiful of birds, with very intricate feathering patterns around their face forming the facial disk that is characteristic of all owls. The facial disk is composed of stiff, lacy feathers that serve to direct air flow and aid vision and hearing. But beyond function these feathers are exquisitely beautiful! The feather tufts that we often call "ears" help camouflage the owl while it sleeps during the day.
To see more of the finished pages of this sketchbook, click this gallery link to my website.
To learn more about the eastern screech owl, visit Cornell's page on this species. Be sure to listen to the owl's call!