So I trashed my first painting of Mr Great Blue Heron, as he really did look a bit of a duck. I painted over the whole canvas in black, and will endeavour to paint the Pelican in the fir tree. I first have to find out how to paint those delicate fronds though. I’m sure there must be a fairly simple trick with a special brush, so if you happen to know what it is, please tell me.
I had another go at drawing and painting Mr. GBH on the small and really quite rough canvas which came in my box of oil paints. Now I know why my other canvases were quite expensive. Anyway, once I’d started, I thought I may as well carry on as it would be good practice. I still have to work a bit more on his feathers and I think I must tone down the orange of his beak. I sent this pic on WhatsApp to our son, who was in the car with the three young grandchildren. He immediately called me so that I could hear the clamouring of little voices down the phone, “Granny please can you teach us to paint just like you?” Gotta love ’em!!
As I was sitting here, typing this, I saw a Snowy Egret burst up out of the water across the lake like a ‘Bat out of Hell’, and looking more closely, I saw why the sudden departure.
The people in the house just above where he’s lurking, have no idea that it’s not fairies that they have a the bottom of their garden.
Hope you’re having a great Easter Saturday. I must now get down to writing my article for the club magazine. Why did I leave it until the last minute? 😕