Friday, March 23, 2012

Big Blue Heron - Thank you Lynn!

10" x 13"
Arches 140#CP

The grey fog cloaks my woodlands this morning, making my world fuzzy and damp. It's like cloud-walking to move through it - the droplets of water, each gathering bits of pollen as they swirl, cling to my car, the porch, the plants -- and me. I am be-speckled!

But my thoughts turn to sunnier days and I was inspired by this photo posted by my friend, Lynn who graciously allowed me to use it as a reference for this painting! THANK YOU, LYNN!!! Please stop by her flickr stream for more sunshiney and beautiful images!!

I fell in love with the dark blue heron among the grasses. It immediately brought me back to my years in Charleson, SC where herons, gulls and egrets were the 'birds in the backyard' - and I do miss their elegant character and grace. It's been a very long time since I've attempted to paint them, so I appreciate Lynn's permission even more as I reacquaint myself with these incredible birds.

We're in for a mixed weekend of sunshine and rain, and no matter what I do this weekend, I am going to have to begin the garden clean up in earnest. Yesterday we planted more garden peas and lettuces at the Arboretum, and next week, if the hot temperatures hold, we'll probably chance planting the squash. I"ve got to get a move on!

Have a great day!


Joan T said...

Beautiful job on the heron and the surrounding grasses. This is really lovely!!!

Today will probably be the last of our warm days for a while. I went up to Sunken Meadow yesterday to paint and walk. I'll have to find a special spot for today. They are forecasting showers for the weekend, but I'm busy anyway. Have a great weekend!

Lorraine said...

Wow; what a beautiful painting. I am not as familiar with marsh and sea birds as others but this heron is lovely. I also love the way you've done the marsh grass. Beautiful painting all around!

Rain here too after several days of sun and 80's temps. It's almost a relief and we are also headed for a rainy weekend.

Hopefully the wet ground will make your weed pulling a little easier.
Big hugs,

Teri Casper said...

Very different topic for you....I LOVE it!

Janina B. said...

Du beherrschst jedes Thema. Ein herrliches Bild Lin. GrĂ¼sse Dich lieb