Sunday, July 12, 2015

Painting Heron Art

For years

I've been taking pictures of herons

at the lake.

So when I saw that Ballard Designs 

had such a beautiful White Heron Painting,

I had to try it for myself

but using really basic technique for the background.


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I want to share how you can get the overall "feel"

of the original without fine detail 

(except for the heron's eye).


I have a great thrift store find to begin with -

a $5 twin headboard.

I cut the legs off and it's going to make a great

"blank canvas"

21.5" x 43".




You know how I like to use card stock 

as a paint tool.

Here I go again,

Scraping the entire white background

with a light blue and white mix.

Then paint the trim frame camel and white.




Using multiple greens and yellows,

dip your folded cardstock into a variety of greens

and drag across surface,

creating ground and swamp areas.








With a small brush, add some tree trunks.





Using some of the same greens and yellow and brown,

use a tiny piece of folded cardstock about 1/2"
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and scrape on rectangular leaves.

It will appear very geometric with lots of green variations.




Using a larger piece of cardstock on it's side,

pull and drag paint in lines to represent the grass.




Add some straw colored grass plus yellow and brown.




Lay the cardstock flat and pull up from the bottom

to create fullness.







Make a chalk outline of heron.






Here is a sketch you can use.




Brush in white.

Then scrape on white, gray, and tan.



Use your finger to rub white around edges of heron.








I added some grunge texture by scraping on a blue and gray,

then dabbing off some with a wet wipe.

I also splattered blue and gray paint over the top.





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So, without all of the fine detail,

you can still get the overall feel

of the painting.

Of course, this design is for your personal use only.

The original design is Ballard's.

This is a fun way to learn color and background.


Happy Heron Painting!

Deb



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8 comments:

Julie @ followyourheartwoodworking said...

Wow, just beautiful painting, Deb!

thecuratorscollection.com said...

Oh Deb! You are Brilliantly gifted! Stunning artwork, I am envious! :0)

Smiles!
Terry

reFresh reStyle said...

Love this! I have looked at the Ballard Design one many times and I want it...now maybe I will try this!
Debbie

halohill.blogspot.com said...

I LOVE this! Amazing! Thank you SO much, I might have the courage to try this after seeing your awesome tutorial. I've never done a "real" painting!

Ever So,
Sheila

Twice Nice said...

So awesome! Love your dip and drag method and have used it a few times now too! You are not only a fabulous artist but a great teacher!

Nicki said...

This turned out just beautiful! I love the subject and the soothing colors. Way to take on a project like this!

Sandi @ The Primitive Skate said...

Beautiful, Deb!
Thanks for sharing all your tips and the pattern!

Sandi

Debra Oliver said...

Hi Deb, I could have sworn I left a comment last week, but just wanted to let you know I'm featuring your wonderful Heron painting on SYS this evening. You're so inspiring!!