Northern saw-whet owl banded in Brookings, SD at the Dakota Nature Park
Late at night in the breeding season, males give a rhythmic tooting song that may go on for hours with scarcely a break. The bird was named for this song, which reminded settlers of the sound of a whetstone sharpening a saw.
I started this painting using watercolor pencils while riding in a car. Then I used a water brush to blend. It was pretty bland so I added watercolor later. Then I painted the background. I still didn’t like it so decided I had nothing to lose if I added collage paper and it didn’t work. I’m okay with it now, but this is probably a backwards way to work!