Blue Heron, Juvenile Painting.

Here is a painting I did of a Juvenile Blue Heron. I started from my original photo of the bird that I took in September 2017. I really liked the way how the Blue Heron is standing in this picture, and found that it had a lot of character. He is a juvinile Blue Heron, and you can see his feathers look a bit more textured than a full grown adult.scruffy_heron8_ul

The photo below is a rough sketch of the Blue Heron, done in my small watercolour sketchbook in acylic paint.  I think it is a good study considering I spent less than 2 hours on it, and it is only 8″x10″

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This version is done in watercolour, I do not think that the drawing is the strongest, since the head seems kind of slanted or something, but the water does look very lively.

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I did not include the drawing in this process, however I do have the early stages of the painting, the photo below was taken 4.5 hours into the painting. You can see I have the base colours down, as well as some detail on the bird, but the painting overall still looks fuzzy. This painting was done on a 20″x 16″ stretched canvas

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In this photo you can see the painting is becoming more developed. I over exposed this photo a bit, and it is hard to see all the detail in the highlights. But you can see I worked on the detail of the bird, and added more depth to the water. I also put many glazes of thinner paint in various colours on the feathers of the bird to create interest. This was taken after 9 hours working on the painting.

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The picture below is the finished painting. You can see the rich texture in the birds feathers as well as the dark greens of the water. I think I did a good job at the ripples in the water, one area where I think I stuggled was that I should have added more depth/ highlights in the water since it looks a bit flat, at the same time though I did not want to have distracting water which is probually why I didn’t add much texture.

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Overall I am satisfied with this painting, I think I am improving on my proportions in my wildlife drawings over the last few months.  However, maybe I could have been a bit more adventerous with the water.

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