Saturday, January 12, 2013

Great Blue Heron, Painting #10

Great Blue Heron    8 x 8"    $125
Great Blue Herons are a big part of my environment for part of the year.  They feed in the Squamscott River at low tide and they hang out in various small ponds around Exeter.  My heart jumps with excitement when I spot the first one each spring.  I can't get tired of seeing them and I can't get tired of drawing or painting them.

In this particular painting I put a strong emphasis on letting colors bleed.  No drawing was done prior to the painting.  Just the brush, the water and the pigment.  I LOVE when I make this happen.  I wish to paint like this every time but I haven't mastered the technique yet.  Still, I believe the joy is in the journey and not always the end product.

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