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The Great Blue Heron

This is a recent painting I did called "In the Shadows-Great Blue Heron", The latest painting of my "In the Shadows" series. As many of you know, I live next to a lake and whenever I drive or walk by one of the coves of the lake I keep seeing a Great Blue Heron either resting on a log or walking through the shallow water and catching frogs, fish, or whatever else it can swallow in that long beak. They are fascinating birds with beautiful plumage.

I do a lot of paintings with light rays coming down from above because I think it's cool for one thing and it gives kind of a peaceful, spiritual feeling to a painting. It keeps me in the mind set that God is in charge and whenever I become overwhelmed there is the Heavenly Father above with a plan for it all.

Whenever I do a painting with a lot of green in it I always like to add touches of warmer reddish or earth tones. In this case I used the rocks to add this into the painting so the green doesn't become too overwhelming. I also make sure to start with lighter tones in the background and move toward darker tones as I move forward in the painting. This gives the painting depth and makes it appear as if you can almost walk into it. I also add more texture in the final layers of a lot of my paintings to give it more of a pop. The Light shining on the water has more texture than the rest of the painting on purpose to keep your eye focused toward the center.

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