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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Tonight's progress of Green Heron painting

I am really enjoying painting this bird's lovely and colorful plumage. The image scan appears darker than actual which is always a problem when scanning large sections with black pigment. I will be painting more compositions with a black or dark backgrounds because I can achieve a more dramatic effect. 
the progression of a green heron pastel painting by Colette Theriault


  1. This is absolutely beautiful, Colette. I love the dark background..making this gorgeous Heron pop out...

  2. Beautiful! The heron looks stunning against that dark background. Can't wait to see your next progress photo. Happy painting! :o)

  3. I agree with the previous two comments, it's looking great. It may be presumtuous of me to make a suggestion, but have you considered placing the branch in front of the bird, behind it instead?

  4. Thanks everyone for your kind words!
    John, I thought about that and decided that I wanted the branch in front of the bird...just because I loved the way the branch leads you to the bird from the top edge and also, it makes the whole branch appear more 3-dimensional and coming from the foreground. I find this way the composition is less "traditional" in the sense that everyone expects a clear unubstructed view of the main subjet. The bottom of the branch is also in front of the bird's foot so changing it to appear behind the bird would mean re-designing it's origin and shape. And I am not a fan of re-designing elements that much either... but thanks for your are actually the second person to comment on the branch. I just hope it won't be regarded as a flaw in design principles...