SUMMER HERON ACRYLICS ON CEDAR W/RED OAK FRAME SUMMER 2019
Great blue herons are wonderful to see anytime of the year, but summer is most special in that, with the warmer weather, we tend to be outside more. Thus, we have more opportunities to watch these magnificent birds. Herons and water go hand in hand, and we are blessed with a multitude of lake, river, and saltwater opportunities to watch them in the wild. The inspiration for this painting actually came from several kimono/textile designs which gave me the idea for the background. I felt a standing heron most suitable to be the focal point of the composition. The flowing stream in the background was influenced by Japanese Rinpa School water motifs, and the design for the heron was inspired by both Northwest Coast Native and Celtic art traditions. 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.