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Melanistic Barn Owl by windfalcon Melanistic Barn Owl by windfalcon
A minipainting commission for =Emberguard of a rather unusual barn owl. Melanism is when an animal has more pigment than normal, resulting in darker markings. When it happens in barn owls, you get a very dark gray/rusty bird that is quite striking!

Watercolor on hot-press Fabriano, 5X7 inches
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Grawey211 Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is a BEAUTIFUL owl!!! I draw good owls, but not as heckling good as this!!! I sketch, so i don't usually color my owls. But i love how you did a masked owl!!  I don't know why i haven't thought of that, because I've just been doing regular barn owls!!! Ive looked at more of your art. YOUR AMAZING!!!!!!
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Owlceltlou Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, such a beauty...
How much for a commission like this one ? :3
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windfalcon Dec 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Sorry for the late reply!  This was part of a commission sale I had done earlier in the year, but regular price for a 5X7 watercolor painting is $100.
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Phonexia Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's truly awesome and beautiful!
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Hi! I haven't left any comments on any of your works for a while, but I just can't not leave on for this. When I saw this painting, the first thing that popped into my head was "OWL! :3" When I actually looked at it, though, tears came to my eyes.........yes, for real.....Owls happen to be my favorite creatures, so anything remotely related to them catches my attention. However, this piece....the colors, the way the owl is taking flight........it's simply beautiful. you did splendidly. THANK YOU!!
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windfalcon Jun 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for such a wonderful comment! I'm glad you like the painting so much :)
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There's real movement within your picture job well done
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Kineil-Wicks Jun 6, 2013  Student General Artist
Very striking indeed! :wow:
I love this--the pose, the texture of the watercolor, the sharp contrast between foreground and background....I'm enthralled.
Excellent work! :D
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bonefish Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've only ever seen photos of melanistic barn owls, but they look absolutely stunning. Great illustration of an unusual morph!
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FascinatingPigments Jun 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
I love this coloring in Barn Owls. Beautiful work!
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