Thursday, September 5, 2013

Great Blue Heron

Wandering the garden on a gray day. I already miss the sunshine and have been planning our January sojourn to Phoenix, all the while busy creating for the Holiday Arts Festival. 

While I was in the garden just enjoying the gray, (it does have it's beauty) a juvenile Great Blue Heron flew overhead, a rare treat. I'm usually elsewhere when they fly over, although I can tell their call. This fellow looked like he was landing on the roof, so I climbed the berm and discovered him atop the Cypress tree in the front yard. He was most gracious! He allowed me to go inside to grab the camera, and even posed prettily while I took several shots... 

Isn't he gorgeous?  

Inspired by the Heron, I've started a mixed media piece that is nowhere near done. I have the basic background of vintage bookpage and a couple of layers of paint, and created a design by taking off paint with a rubber stamp.  

There will be a heron on here some time soon...  :)

On another note, I've been working on partially finished pieces, including this abstract trail through the woods painting.

 Besides paint, I've added some bits of mulberry paper and textured ribbon as the trail. It's getting closer!

Hope your week has been good!  

Sharing with Paint Party Friday, hosted by Eva and Kristin!  


Marji said...

He is a very handsome fellow and so nice to let your capture his image :) Can't wait to see what comes of his inspiration. Your trail painting is coming along nicely.

Maria Ontiveros said...

That's a beautiful photograph.
Happy PPF,

Anne Manda said...

Beautiful wips and pics! :)

Mary C. Nasser said...

Wonderful photo and works in progress!
Happy PPF!!
Mixed-Media Map Art

Corrine at said...

Fun work in progress. We have herons too and they are so beautiful in repose. Thanks for sharing on this PPF xox

Diana Evans said...

I love blue herons!!! wonderful works of art!!! Have a wonderful weekend!!!

MeOfCourse said...

Hi Helen. Good to see you. It's going to be a great painting with the Heron added. The photo is awesome. Have a great weekend amiga. Take care.

JKW said...

Aren't they amazing. I love painting/sketching/photographing birds. I am looking forward to seeing both these paintings completed. Great start to both. Blessings, Janet PPF

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