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Sunday, July 27, 2008

Another New(esque) Painting

I went to a group "paint out" this afternoon, sponsored by the Art for Madisonville group I belong to. I met some wonderful people (a couple of which live very close to me, as it turns out,) & had a good time. My regular readers may recognize this painting, which I've done many times now. Just last week I shipped one to a friend in Canada, who wants it as a tattoo.

Great Blue Heron
12x9" acrylic on masonite
Peoples' Choice Award winner at Festinblanc, January 2009.

21 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

I've always liked this one. You could have a whole series of birds done in this style. People might love 'em.

Lana Gramlich said...

charles; I'm headed in that direction, actually. Will probably do a brown pelican (Louisiana's state bird,) next.

laughingwolf said...

super, wanna see the whole series! :)

Travis said...

Yeah...I like that one quite a bit. I especially like the subtle way the leg shimmers into the water.

Shauna Roberts said...

Gorgeous!!! This is perhaps my favorite painting of yours so far. Have you done an egret in this style?

Lana Gramlich said...

laughingwolf; It make take me a while to produce a whole series. Hope you don't mind just one now & then. *L*

travis; I like the slight reflection, too. It "anchors" the bird to the canvas. Otherwise it would appear to be footless & floating in mid-air.

shauna; I haven't done an egret in that style, as a white bird would just vanish against a white background. I did do a study of a possible egret painting last Dec., however. I'd make a few changes to the background there & it is on my "to do" list. I just hadn't had much time for painting lately.

Erik Donald France said...

Yeah, I love this one, too. Reminds me of early explorer renderings, 1600s-1880s.

Steve Malley said...

Man, that's awesome! I *love* that kind of sumi-e fearlessness you bring to your work. It's like that Zen archery thing: 'One arrow, one life,' but with a brush.

I wish I could do that...

Lana Gramlich said...

erik; Thanks. I've had people tell me this reminds them of Audubon bird prints. To be honest I did the first one this way because I wasn't confident about my skill in doing backgrounds at that point. Although now I'm up to the challenge, the simplicity of the original seems to be a real draw for most people. I may do a slightly more scenic version at some point, though.

steve; Thanks so much! I used to be a very stressful painter. These days I definitely strive for a more Zen approach, which has made painting so much more enjoyable!

Natural said...

i love the simplicity of this picture. great work. i'm off to vote again for ya.

Mary said...

I love that!....so simple in line, but captures the bird so perfectly! Beautiful!

Nature Nut /JJ Loch said...

What a lovely painting!!! We have great blue herons here and they startle me when I glance out the window and see them because they are so huge. You would think I would get used to it. They go froggin' in my yard.

Hugs, JJ

Lana Gramlich said...

nw & mary; Thank you!

jj; I've loved these birds since I was very, very young. I've been fortunate in that they've lived everywhere I have.

Nardeeisms said...

Lana, I love the blue heron. Simple, but beautiful in form - Nards

Lana Gramlich said...

Nards; Thank you! It's for sale, if you're interested. ;)

Michelle (artscapes) said...

Beautiful! Very asian....

Lana Gramlich said...

michelle; Thank you. :)

The Zen Birdfeeder said...

Lana - REALLY REALLY neat! Love this one!

Lana Gramlich said...

Nancy; Thanks! I've e-mailed you my response. :)

Birdfreak said...

I really like this one, Great Blue Herons are such beauties. Keep painting birds, we love every one!

Good birding bird(painting) to you! (and Happy New Year!)

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