Retreating. Mixed media on 24x20 inch canvas.

“Retreating” started out like “Irie, Man” (see previous post) in that I was experimenting with creating abstract backgrounds - inspired by my lovely artist friend, Anna SchuelerUnlike “Irie, Man” though, I always intended to paint a recognisable image over this one. When I was done layering, there was an area in the centre that looked to me like a perfect perch for a bird so I painted this barn owl, who looked to be “Retreating” from the cold. He had a short stay at the First View Gallery in Stourhead where he drew praise but didn’t sell - much to the delight of my parents, with whom he now resides.