Blue Heron – Karen Winters Daily Painting

“Blue Heron” – 5 x 7 watercolor on paper


There’s an eBay activity going on right now Feb 1 – Feb 7 called SFA (Small Format Art.) The monthly theme is “bird” so I painted this and will put it up for auction tomorrow unless I get it done tonight, which I might. It will be listed under seller karencwinters, or click the eBay button in the left sidebar. You’ll find the link there.

This was drawn freehand and painted directly, freehand, with no masking. I think it just might be one of my favorite nature illustrations. Do you know someone who loves herons and would love a luminous and regal friend for their wall?

The bird is from a photo taken by my husband while we were painting at Newport Beach, California. He (she?) was sitting on a dock looking around for fish. To isolate this beautiful creature I made the background deep blue, which seemed for fitting for a blue heron.

Oh, and I just got back from a local art association meeting where I got some VERY good news about the results of the current Focus on Oils show. I’ll post that news tomorrow.


  1. Karoli
    February 2, 2008

    This is just gorgeous. I will watch that eBay auction and hope I can afford it!

  2. wendy
    February 2, 2008

    Lovely picture but I am scared of birds. Must be some memory from childhood, possibly about turkeys chasing me on a farm, also also magpies swooping on my head in springtime. I dislike their staring eyes and their flapping wings and their feathers.

  3. Susan
    February 2, 2008

    Karen, you run the BEST site. Love your heron….but then, what’s new in that …I love all your art. You are so talented.

  4. Donna
    February 3, 2008

    WOW! I love this bird. I tried to get a picture of a great heron at the dam near us, but it flew away.

    This is so lovely, you paint wonderfully

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