I’ve been painting on things I have sitting around the house. This owl was painted in acrylic on stained board. I wanted to paint on the board without losing the nature of the surface. The board has some good sized knots so I incorporated them into the image and left the wood grain in the background. The owl and tree came from two different photographs. I took the owl photo at a taxidermy exhibit I attended years ago. Light sources can be an issue when combining imagery from different photos. That wasn’t so much a concern here as I was more interested in the surface, the marks that could be made with the paint, and working with a limited paint palette.