How to Paint an Owl Silhouette & Moon
Learn how to paint and easy moon lit sky with a tree branch and owl silhouette in the foreground.
This painting is one of several paintings that I have that require you to trace a paper plate for the first step! The circle is painted completely white for the moon. Easy!
You can leave the owl as a silhouette or add some cute details on the face.
My original, pictured at the top, is slightly different than the one I recorded myself doing. This just goes to show you that no two paintings done by the same artist end up being the same!
Actually, the color variations are because the original was done with Liquitex BASICS paint and the second one was done with Apple Barrel Craft Paint.
Any how, in this tutorial. you will find detailed step by step pictures as well as a video.
Enjoy and Happy Painting Artists!
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- Acrylic Paint (I used the Liquitex Basics brand or Apple Barrel Craft Paint)
- Paint Colors:
- Red Cadmium (Flag Red)
- Orange Cadmium (Jack O Lantern)
- Yellow Cadmium (Bright Yellow)
- Purple Iris (Deep Violet)
- Black (Mars Black)
- White (Titanium White)
- 16″ x 20″ Canvas (You can use any size you want!)
- Paint Brushes
- 9″ Paper plate for tracing the moon
Directions At A Glance:
Step By Step Pictures:
1. Trace A Circle For The Moon & Yellow Ring
Trace an 9″ paper plate with a pencil for the moon.
Paint a yellow ring around the moon using a flat brush. This is about 1″ thick.
2. Paint The Second Ring & Blend
Then paint an orange ring around the yellow ring. The orange should be about the same thickness.
3. Blend the Colors
Blend the two colors together. You can use a wet brush if your paint is still wet and do the “wet on wet” technique to blend the two colors together. If your paint is too dry, try “double loading” your brush with yellow and orange and blend the two colors that way. You can also use a soft dry brush to go over and blend the colors. Or…you can mix orange and yellow on the palette and then apply that color in between the rings!
The two colors are blended together.
4. Paint Red Ring and Blend
Next, paint a red ring around the orange ring. Then blend the red with the orange in the same way you blended the yellow with the orange.
5. Paint The Purple Sky & Blend
Paint the rest of the canvas (except the moon) purple. Blend the purple with the red.
6. Paint The Moon White
Paint the moon in a solid coat of white. Try to keep your strokes circular.
7. Paint Moonbeams
Add some white “C” lines of white around the moon for added interest. You can do this dry brush or wet brush.
8. Paint The Tree Branch
Get your angled brush and load it with black paint. Hold the brush to where the longer bristles are on the left. In the LOWER LEFT CORNER start painting a large branch.
Paint the branch all the way across the canvas.
Paint smaller branches stemming off.
Continue to add more branches.
Keep painting more branches until satisfied.
9. Paint The Owl
I used a 3/4″ flat brush and black. Paint two “arc” lines for the body of the owl.
Then paint the head.
Paint the ears (kind of like cat ears).
Fill in the owl solid black.
Add a small bump under the owl for a tail.
10. Optional: paint some details on the silhouette
You can add details on the owl such as facial features and talons. This is just an added design element I did on the recorded version of the painting.
11. Paint Leaves
With a small round brush, paint dots of YELLOW, RED and ORANGE on the tips of the branches.
Keep adding the fall leaves!
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