Thursday, June 28, 2012

Thursday!

At Oxbow Park yesterday I saw some huge bird tracks in the water near the shore. I couldn't really imagine what type bird it could be. I uploaded a photo (below) of the tracks onto Facebook today asking if anyone knew what type bird it was and nearly immediately some smart outdoorsy Oregonian advised me that it was likely a Heron. (Slapping forehead! Well, of course! DOH!) 

(This print was nearly the size of my own foot.) 

(Top photo) Oil sketch: Celeste Bergin, Heron from photo reference, oil on 9x12 canvas panel

10 comments:

Dan Kent said...

Wow - I love the way this just moves with such energy! The Great Blue Heron - never looked at its tracks.

It is amazing what can be seen when we go outside. The bird that just blew me away was the anhinga. It looks prehistoric to me.

J. Kevin James said...

I really like the lines in this painting. Such deep, rich browns too!

CrimsonLeaves said...

Absolutely beautiful and dramatic! Has to be my favorite heron painting yet! I just love that you chose a monochromatic palette for this piece, Celeste. It just imbues so much life into this regal bird.

John Simlett said...

I'm standing here, clad in buckskin, a Davy Crockett hat at a jaunty angle, sniffing the air ...studying the tracks in the sand. I can tell you it's the track of the lesser known and flightless one-legged Oregon Boooingbird. It hops: "boooing! booing! booing!"

Meanwhile, the heron painting, swirls and curls and swerves and curves with a dynamic energy that makes me glow with pleasure. Wonderful!!!

Chris said...

great painting. Blue Herons are as common as crows where I live. They have a loud squawkkkkk for a song.

L.W.Roth, said...

Yes that's a Heron. They live around here and block the sun off the entire yard when they fly over. Nice painting of it, but ours are blue or white. This one could be the chocolate pudding cousin? I'm not really up on Herons.

Celeste Bergin said...

thanks Dan, J. Kevin, Sherry, John, Chris and LW! Appreciate your comments.
LW, the photo did come out more brown than my painting. I'm going to try to reshoot it today. Still, the photo reference was more brown than blue. example:
http://www.birdsbydoug.com/Photography/Great-Blue-Herons/12140653_wPFX3t/874507602_ekDW9#!i=874507602&k=ekDW9
thanks all! :)

Sarah Bachhuber Peroutka said...

This painting is so satin-y and sensual. I love the movement, too.

mary maxam said...

Love the bold brushwork in this heron and I just saw one yesterday- you caught it beautifully!

hw (hallie) farber said...

Beautiful. These are the birds that fish at my dock and like to sit on my boat and leave large poops. They're beautiful but have terrible voices.