Made as a practice in realistic light setting and painting feathers. I ended up making two separate versions to see how much difference it could do for the mood in the painting. Which is your favourite?
This painting is inspired by things that scared me when I was a child. I was terrified of snow owls from seeing a taxidermied such, so my parents gave me a snow owl plush to get over it (and it worked!), today I find owls to be one of my favourite creatures. I've never feared snakes, but the golden snake is inspired by the Auryn pendant from the cover of "The NeverEnding story", in which I feared the creatures for many reasons.