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DREAM BIG & a New OWL painting!

TITLE: Dream Big.
2.5 x 2.5 ft on canvas. Original Painting (SOLD)
one of my goals this year was to paint BIG.
i gave it a go earlier this year and just felt so intimidated by the large canvas. i felt like i had to fill up every little bit rather than leave some breathing room. 
and i definitely didn’t feel like my characters were worthy of taking up an entire canvas.
and then, this owl came about.
it began on a canvas i had been trying and trying to paint with a girl and bunny ears. but nothing felt right…
after layers and layers and a few months, i pulled out this canvas again and tried an owl.
now i wanted the owl to fill up the canvas. i’d loved the way my owls took up the entire piece in my smaller paintings and realized if that didn’t intimidate me, this BIG canvas didn’t have to either.
i could treat a large canvas the same way i did something small, but just bump everything up and have even more fun with it.
i LOVE all of the layers and texture in this painting.
i worked with all of the art supplies i love…bleeding art tissue, glitter, acrylics, ink, and vintage wallpaper. 

then on top, i applied a vintage decoupage to give the piece a warm tone. and as a final touch, i added a coat of wax for a matte finish. 

TITLE: Dream Big.
2.5 x 2.5 ft on canvas. Original Painting (SOLD)
This owl is here as a reminder that even on a cloudy day anything is possible, knowing that all you need to do is make your intentions known and DREAM BIG.
have a wonderful weekend!

if you’re interested in painting owls, check out my HOW TO PAINT AN OWL online course. it’s now self-paced, so you can paint whenever you want and skip ahead until august 2013.


  1. i have to admit i love the other two as well but OH MY GOSH !!!!! The owl is sooooooo CUTE,AWESOME ,STUNNING and everything else inbetween
    hugs xo

  2. Love ur work hun……this painting big looks fantastic….Congratz!xx

  3. This is awesome, Juliette! You should hang him on a wall and take a picture of how it looks in a room. I bet it's amazing!

  4. I am transitioning to painting BIG this year, too – and I was right there with you through your description of painting large, lol. Thank you so much for sharing! My confidence is getting stronger!! :o)

  5. Lovely! You work translates really well to a big size, I get to see the textures even better! I'm gradually getting bigger with my paintings but only stepped up a little at the moment 😉
    Jess x

  6. I can really relate to this…the idea of treating a big canvas the same as you would a small. Just scale everything bigger. I haven't done it yet. I love working on the small canvases. But I would love to paint big – thanks for the inspiration!

  7. This owl is just simply “beautiful” Juliette – she's regal, and yet warm and soft all wrapped into one and I love her. I'd never sell her if she were mine though!!!
    I have to thank you for giving me the appreciation of the beauty of owls in real life – I have so many many photographs and pictures of owls in real life now and they are amazing birds in my mind. And they can have downright “real” personalities in real life –

  8. I really enjoyed seeing the process of this, and also think it turned out beautifully! Your owls transition well to supersizing!

  9. wow! what a stunning piece of artwork!!! wonderful! love seeing it's transformation into a owl!!! <3

  10. Juliette, there's no need to be intimidated by a large canvas. But it's a personal preference anyway, just do whatever feels right for you, and occassionaly, you may want to step out of your comfort zone.

  11. Stunning Juliette. The colors are captivating. The layers and textures are so beautiful.
    I love seeing the process of taking it from the girl to the owl and reading how you overcame the intimidation of a big canvas.

    Thank you for sharing. Have a great day!

  12. really beautiful art work, wow

  13. OMG !!! love your big works !

  14. This is so gorgeous! I am the opposite – really comfortable painting on a large scale, but intimidated by smaller canvases! I painted a bird on a small canvas every day for a month last year to try and overcome the fear!

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