Category Archives: Trends

Antique machines especially

We are gradually substituting the making of money for the making of good things to buy with it, and are fast heading for the time when machines and “antiques” will be the only good things worth buying.

Page 31, Oil Painting Techniques and Materials by Harold Speed

Owls and Owl Beer

Incredulous Owl by Meg Lyman

Gouache on ACEO


So apparently owls are now a thing. Not sure how long it will last, but they’ve been all over the stores – as earrings, on shirts, as stuffed animals, on towels, in artwork – you name it. I think it’s partially because the owl shape lends itself to stylization and is still instantly recognizable. Here are a few examples:


There is a brewery in Japan, Hitachino Nest, that has an adorable owl as its mascot. I posted about their Hitachino Stout several years ago, and just recently tried their Sweet Stout, which is a milk stout. Delicious, as milk stouts usually are.

Isn’t it cute?

Because of all this owl hype, I thought now would be a good time to finally do the tribute to the Hitachino owl I’ve been wanting to do. I used the opportunity to try a new color scheme, using flat colors and dry brushing. It was a fun experiement!