Friday, July 31, 2009

Great Blue Heron


Mister Blue - Great Blue Heron
24X30
Oil on Canvas

This Great Blue Heron lives on ocean-front property off the coast of New Hampshire. I painted him from a photo taken last week by my talented friend Sharon, a photographer who captures images like this one simply by traveling a mile or two from her front door.

Great Blues have a wonderful call and can be seen across the US. While researching Mister Blue, I found a great Web site where you can hear the voice of the Great Blue Heron. Take a look and scroll down a bit for the play button. Cool, yes?

A huge thanks to Sharon for allowing me to use her images! You can see more of her photography on her blog. You'll want to get a cup of coffee and stay a while...

22 comments:

A New England Life said...

Oh Nancy, he's beautiful! You did him justice. The colors, shading, definition ... I love it all!

And you did this without the photo part of the time?

Nancy Medina said...

Hi Sharon, the computer died Wednesday, revived yesterday, so I finished this in one sitting, painting til midnight last night. Thank you for letting me use your image! xxooo

Melissa and Emmitt said...

hi nancy!
oh your great blue heron is amazing!
i love him! great colors and textures!

Nancy Medina said...

TY Melissa - see, I used TWEET language there. : ) Is Emmy ready for his birthday party tomorrow? Howie wonders if he can PRE-sample the meatloaf?

Christine Mercer-Vernon said...

nancy this is a fabulous painting, so different from what i am used to seeing from you. wonderful brushstrokes and the water is really beautifully handled. nice job!!

arcobaleno said...

....how!!!! che bello!!!!!

Elena Malec said...

splendid art piece, Nancy!

Sheila said...

Wow!! You render all things nature in your masterful style! This is a real good size too Nancy. I can see a series of birds.

mormar said...

This picture is amazing, as are all your others. I just love how a wonderful photo taken by one Pug Friend turns into an original painting by another Pug Friend.

pencilportraits said...

just beautufl Nancy, superb work

raeandrewsgallery.blogspot.com said...

A lovely piece Nancy, birds are so wonderful to depict. I love the heron, such a stately bird, the way they stand so still, looking, I guess for their next meal.
Good job though, I love the colors & the engaging look he is giving.
Rae

Edward Burton said...

Very beautiful, Nancy - a very striking image.

jinx1764 said...

I love it! You really captured his spirit.

Angela Elledge said...

He is stunning, a lot to accomplish in one sitting, but when you have it, YOU HAVE IT!!!!

bindu said...

this is fantastic! wow.

Tweedles -- that's me... said...

Hi Nancy
How did you paint that beautiful blue heron in one sitting? I can feel the mist from the water on my lips! The rocks - so exact.
Everything on this is so delicately gorgeous- right down to the tips of the feathers.
He looks like he will take flight at any moment. You put the mood into this so wonderously.
So nice, we love it.
We have said this before, but one more time we must say,,
You are an amzing artist
love
tweedles

Joan Sicignano Artist said...

Nancy, you are amazing. I love this painting. Is there anything you can't paint. As usual, beautiful work.

Art with Liz said...

He's really beautiful Nancy!

Ruth Welter said...

This is simply gorgeous Nancy.

Ruth

Karine said...

Hi Nancy! When I received your email with this painting featured in it, my first thought was "magnificent!" Indeed, this really is a magnificent painting.

When I clicked the link and played the sound of the heron, Pono had to come in and investigate. Funny!!!

Manon Doyle said...

Nancy.... this is such a beautiful painting! It is so eye catching! Bravo my dear!!

Becky said...

You did a beautiful job on this heron! Stunning!

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