HERON AT 3RD BRIDGE (Commission) ACRYLICS ON CEDAR W/RED OAK FRAME SUMMER 2021
Although commonly seen around the village, I especially remember enjoying seeing great blue herons as they searched out their next meal along the wetlands out by the Waatch River. That marshy/swampy habitat is especially suited to herons, and the proximity to the river means fish are also on the menu. This commission (from a Heron in a previous life) was some time in the making until just the right heron, observed near 3rd Bridge where it crosses the Waatch, came along to inspire us both. The design for the heron was influenced by both Northwest Coast Native and Celtic art traditions. Japanese art from the Rinpa School was instrumental in designing the water and the log (which uses a tarashikomi effect). I made the frame out of red oak using pegged, hand-joined, mortise-and-tenon construction methods. I used the Japanese technique (shou-sugi-ban) of charring and oiling the oak to finish the frame.