Different Approaches to a Great White Heron

Great White Heron photograph
Great White Heron photograph by
Elise Beattie.

Painting Challenge

Our Fearless Painting class guru, Elise Beattie, has challenged us over the weekend. And, If we choose to accept this assignment, we will have to find impressive different approaches to painting this beautiful Great White Heron…. this challenge will self-destruct in 5 seconds.  This is some beautiful photography Elise Beattie!

Great White Heron Pen & Ink
Great White Heron Pen & Ink

Initially I do a quick  black and white study in my sketchbook with a gel pen (nothing special).

sketch Great White Heron
sketch of Great White Heron for a watercolor

I scrounge around in the studio to find a leftover piece of watercolor paper from a previous assignment to work on. This simply means there is a surprise ink drawing on the back of the sheet for anyone purchasing the image. Kind of a two for one prize. I decided on a much closer view for this Heron rendering in watercolor. The dimensions are taken off of my B&W sketch.

Proportional Divider
Drafting Proportional Divider

When I want accuracy, I have to grease those crazy artist mind gears. Breaking out a tool from the old drafting days will insure correct results twice as big on the watercolor paper. The tool I use is called a “Precision Deluxe Proportional Divider”  (made in Germany).

Would you like a tutorial about how to use this tool in another post on this blog? Leave me a comment if you do.

Proportional Divider in German
Prop Divider instructions in German

On the instruction sheet there are some real useful instructions in German on the flip side, just in case you were wondering.

I do anticipate making a third layout today using a different approach with acrylics on a canvas board, but I haven’t got there yet. But first, I need to finish my piano practice. 🙂

Author: artist

An artist with realistically surreal colorful style in the Inland Pacific Northwest, Valerie Woelk.

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