15x11 watercolor on Saunders 140 lb cold press paper, work in progress finished today. Here in this last step, I've added distant background water and foreground. I might glaze again the foreground water but for the most part, he is done. In the ref, he had a red brick building behind him, so I've taken artistic license and put him in a more natural setting of a lake with trees.
This is the third step showing distant horizon line of autumn colorful trees, plus tail feathers. I dropped small amounts of water into an almost dry watercolor where it lost its shine, to give the illusion of fog. Also I added a few reflections of trees and finishing touches to the tree branch the owl is perched upon.
Here is the completed great horned owl's body, step 2 of my WIP. I'll lightly draw in a branch for him, then plan the background elements. (Owl photo reference courtesy WetCanvas)