Tawny Owl Top

Twit-twoo! Lovely tawny owl tops and other printed art products in my Redbubble store…

I adore these silky women’s tops from Redbubble and have several in my wardrobe - light, silky, colourful, and very flattering… I always get lovely compliments when I wear them.

This tawny owl top would be perfect for a wildlife or owl lover…

Tawny owl top by Lotti Brown at Redbubble

Tawny owl top by Lotti Brown at Redbubble

Tawny Owl Art - Behind the Scenes

Dark, magnificent and mysterious - my beautiful tawny owl is 'Mistress of the Night'. I want to show you what happened behind the scenes of this atmospheric art print...

Tawny Owl art with moon and tree - 'Mistress of the Night' by Lotti Brown

Tawny Owl art with moon and tree - 'Mistress of the Night' by Lotti Brown

The tawny owl is the dark and mysterious one of our British owls - quite common but rarely seen. She is mistress of the night and master of disguise with her dark wings beating unseen in the black of the night and just her distinctive hooting echoing and letting you know that she's somewhere near...

I sometimes catch a dark shadow but see the tawny owl so less frequently than the snowy white barn owl who I often see even in daylight.

It's such a privilege to see the beautiful tawny owl and we celebrate her soft and shadowy flying as the Mistress of the Night...

Showing intricate detail of my tawny owl artwork

Showing intricate detail of my tawny owl artwork

Behind the Scenes of the Art

Here's a little look behind the scenes at how I created my tawny owl art...

Click on any of the images to see them full size and with a description of the process...

The completed night-time tawny owl art print with shining moon and ivy

The completed night-time tawny owl art print with shining moon and ivy

I really love the feel of my tawny owl artwork - the artwork is dramatic yet gentle - soft yet strong and magnificent - just like the velvet wings of the tawny owl that make her Mistress of the Night...

My tawny owl art print is available as a framed or unframed giclee art print or canvas, in my online art store - click image to see

My tawny owl art print is available as a framed or unframed giclee art print or canvas, in my online art store - click image to see

Buy It

My 'Mistress of the Night' tawny owl art print is available from my online art store as a fine art giclee print with a choice of print and frame options.

It’s also available on tops, cushions, books, phone cases and more, here…

You can see more art in my nature and wildlife art gallery

Tawny Owl fashion top by Lotti Brown at Redbubble

Tawny Owl fashion top by Lotti Brown at Redbubble

All intellectual property rights in my designs and products (and in the images, text and design of this website) are and will remain the property of Charlotte Brown. Any infringement of these rights will be pursued seriously.

Behind-the-scenes of an artwork: Fireweed Barn Owl

Taking a behind-the-scenes look at one of my colourful British Birds artworks: my Fireweed Barn Owl.

Fireweed Barn Owl - Artwork by Lotti Brown

I'm so lucky that where I live in East Yorkshire is a great location for barn owls. They seem to love the huge, flat fields, ditches and hedgerows, where there must be plenty of little mice and voles to be found.

Barn owl (from a local bird-of-prey centre)

I often spot a barn owl in late winter, or early spring, when dawn comes late and dusk comes early, and the owls are out around the clock to feed their young.

I love to watch them quartering the fields, or skirting along the line of the ditch, hunting for their prey. They will suddenly swoop down into the long grass, and you are left to wonder for a moment whether they caught something. And then they re-appear again, either weighed down with a meal, or perhaps with no reward this time.

Beautiful, snowy-white feathers

Barn owls can quite often be seen in daylight after a wet spell, too, as their feathers are not very resistant to water. Therefore they try to avoid hunting in the rain. Lovely to see them, but it does mean they're very hungry.

It's always a thrill to see them. So the owl was one bird it was simply essential for me to draw...

Owl drawn in fine-line black pen

Adding colour to my owl drawing

Completed owl drawing, in colour

I wanted to put my barn owl in with these beautiful Rosebay willowherb flowers (also sometimes known as 'Fireweed')...

Striking Rosebay willowherb flowers

Beautiful Fireweed flowers

As one of the owl nesting boxes is close to patches of these vibrant pink flowers, it felt only natural for me to put them together, in a moody, night-time scene...

So I set-to, drawing the flowers too...

My Rosebay willowherb drawing: black fine-liner

Coloured drawing of the Fireweed

Coloured drawing of the Fireweed

With the drawings coloured-up and completed, I scanned everything into the computer, ready to create the artwork in Adobe Illustrator...

Original drawings, scanned into the design program, and ready to start creating...

The next step is to create the basic composition. I am able to duplicate, flip and rotate the flowers, to create more from my original four drawings...

Composition complete for my barn owl artwork

I always start creating on a plain, brightly coloured background, so that the individual elements all stand out well, and I can see any stray marks or dots more easily.

Once I have a basic composition, I start to tweak the colours. In this piece, I kept the colours fairly true to the originals, simply brightening them up so that they would look suitably 'night-time' and also dramatic against the background I had in mind...

Tweaking colours and adding a background

I used one of my hand-painted fabrics behind the owl, to give the night sky some colour, texture, and a sense of mystery.

I will quite often use these fabrics as backgrounds in my artworks - but they don't often feature quite so prominently as here! So do let me know if you like it!

I'm happy with my barn owl artwork - I like the idea that this is what the local barn owls are up-to by night! 

Completed barn owl artwork

Showing some of the detail of the artwork

Buy It

Art prints available at my online art store, here...

The design is also available as a cushion, bag, duvet cover, notebook and more here…

More about other designs in my bird art collection here...

All intellectual property rights in my designs and products (and in the images, text and design of this website) are and will remain the property of Charlotte Brown. Any infringement of these rights will be pursued seriously.