Monday, January 11, 2016

Great Blue Heron Painting

Acrylics  6 x 8"

I know this bird!  I watched him prancing around the edge of the ocean. We met early one morning on the beach in Bradenton, Florida.  It was a perfect time to walk on the beach and I wanted to save a part of it in a painting.

Herons prefer to be alone.  You don't often see a group of them, unless it is mating season.  They are wading birds and can stand, walk slowly and stare for long periods of time.  They are not bored just  looking around. Rather they are scanning their locale for a nice fresh fish for breakfast.
A study in stillness and elegance is this bird.  Is this exactly the way he looked?  Of course not. I am an artist, not a photographer, but I think I captured his essence on canvas that morning.

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