We have reached full on sticky mode for summer in Illinois or ‘hot buggy weather’ as Panda likes to refer to it. If you live in a humid area of the world, you may know what we are dealing with here.
I began painting this little owl yesterday after my morning walk with the boys. When we returned, the volume of my hair had doubled in size and I knew exactly what was happening. No amount of anti-frizz styling syrum can hold up to the reality of a real Midwest summer. It’s time for baseball hats and elastic hair ties. I attempted a small braid in hopes of taming the beast, but as my bobby pin popped back out and I heard the sound of bouncy springs, I gave in and gave up.
You may remember Tiny Owl from another of my paintings, ‘Tiny Embrace’. He was so small in that painting that I wanted to develop him into his own character. I liked his mythical colors and messy feathers at the time, so I wanted to play on that again when I recreated him. I fear he may have been prey to the influence of the hot Midwest summer humidity as well.