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Great Blue Heron

Last weekend I took a course given by Megan Cleland on needle felting animals. The course was given at Fibrefest in Almonte. It was a small class and Megan gave excellent instruction and demos. I chose to do a Great Blue Heron from one of the photographs taken on a morning walk. I thought I was finished when I left the class but since then I’ve done the back ground 3 times. I then removed a lot of it because it was too busy.

Needle felted Great Blue Heron.

I’ve painted the heron in watercolours several times and that helped me in doing this picture. The felting is easier but takes longer to do even if you don’t remove what you’ve needle felted in place several times.

It is now pinned up on a wall so I can look at it and decide if there is anything else I need to add or change before I mount it.

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Grassy Bay

These are some recent watercolour sketches I did from photographs taken on my early morning walks.

Watercolour of osprey in nest back lit by early morning lightThe ospreys are not always at their nest. If they are, as soon as  I appear around the corner, they usually take flight and cry alerting me to the fact that they are there. They fly out over the road and then circle back and away from view.

watercolor of great blue heronThere is usually a Great Blue Heron fishing in Grassy Bay. It is shy and will fly away as soon as it sees me. If it feels safe enough to stay I usually have to use my binoculars to find it.

The picture I based this painting on was taken on a sunny morning. The light made the reeds glow.

Birds of a Feather

This past week I got together with a couple of friends to paint and play with polymer clay.  Julie  drove up from Brockville to stay with me for a few days.  Margo is a neighbour  here in Calabogie who joined us each day.

Day 1

Margo doodled with pencil and coloured pencils .

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Margo doodling

Margo doodling

 

 

Julie finished a watercolour she had brought with her and then switched to pastels to work on a Great Blue Heron we had seen earlier that day.

house-watercolour

Julie’s watercolour

heron-pastel-in-progress

I worked in pastels on an Osprey that I had photographed a few weeks ago.

osprey-pastel-in-progress

 

 

Day 2

We got out the polymer clay and my toaster oven and made heads.

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Julie working on a polymer clay head

Margo working

Margo working

Julie's head - in progress

Julie’s head – in progress

Last batch of the day - just out of the oven

Last batch of the day – just out of the oven

 

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