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  • Great Blue Heron : Complete!


    great blue heron work in progress oil painting original fine art realistic realism
    I did it! I was up until the wee hours of the morning (11pm is late for me, c’mon.) and I think I need to buy stock in aspercreme or something, but he’s done. What a magnificent bird Laura captured, I’m so excited to have her blessing to create this gorgeous 18×36 portrait from one of her amazing photographs. (I can’t find the link to it – Laura – help!)

    This is the final piece that will be displayed with my collection. I’ve got a ton of paperwork, scanning etc. to do (and I’m waiting for this guy to dry) so I’ll check back with you with photos of everything on display and a YouTube Vid once they’re all hung. Keep in mind, this is a “window exhibit”, meaning I have a 16″ wide by 5″ high glass enclosed window area where they’ll be exhibited for 2 months to about 30,000 people who walk through this particular area. If I had more pieces in my collection, I’d have a regular gallery show, but since my paintings are never in my posession for very long (yay!), I couldn’t hog up a whole gallery with one wall worth of work. Still, it’s a great thing to have the exposure on a local level.

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    Erika said,

    WHOAH!!! It’s magnificent CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :yahoo:
    ok now drive over to Arkansas and finish my painting :giggle:

    2.27.2007 @ 11:48 am
    Paige said,

    Leanne, you never cease to amaze me. I knew when I saw this WIP in person it was destined to be a masterpiece. I am so excited about your exhibit that I don’t think I’ll be able to sleep tonight! Congrats to you on your beautiful pieces and for following your dreams, gallery queen!



    2.27.2007 @ 1:38 pm
    taba said,

    why did i stay out so long today?? i could have seen this bad boy sooner!!! it’s gorgeous!! truly a show stopper! and i think the highlight of your show!! if i had enough money this guy would be headed to new mexico after his exhibit!! :) what’s his price tag gonna be?

    2.27.2007 @ 4:59 pm
    Ocean said,

    It is gorgeous!!! :bunny:

    2.27.2007 @ 8:03 pm
    Courtney said,

    It’s stunning!!! I love it. :good:

    2.27.2007 @ 10:37 pm
    taba said,

    you are such a good influence ya know? seeing you be so motivated all the time and get sooo much done! it had me itching to paint, even though i have so much unpacking to do! so i did a little quickie tonight. aaaaaaaah. relief. i feel better.

    2.28.2007 @ 1:50 am
    Nancy said,

    This would look so good in my bathroom. But, it probably is too big and the paint would fall off the canvas due to my hot showers. But, I LOVE THIS.
    THIRTY THOUSAND? WOW! I believe you will sell out fast!!!

    This is so exciting!

    2.28.2007 @ 8:13 am
    Laura said,

    I’m stunned. I’m still stunned. This is just beautiful!!!!!!

    The link to the original is here:

    and to other birds, here:

    I can’t wait to show this to Rick!

    2.28.2007 @ 8:44 am
    carmen said,

    it’s beautimous! I always found drawing easier than painting, so I’m envious of your talent. :)

    2.28.2007 @ 9:13 am
    Mom said,

    Leanne! I thought you’d never be able to top your work on the lab, but when I opened your blog and saw this I actually gasped!!!! This is just beyond words!! I also am so envious of you!!!! You are so totally talented and thank GOD you’re using your gifts so well!!! I just am so speachless that I can’t stop talking!!!

    2.28.2007 @ 12:11 pm
    Tommi said,

    Great job Leanne!!

    2.28.2007 @ 12:53 pm
    Deana said,

    I am over from Laura’s and have been looking at your work…you are amazing. Just amazing. I like everything I’ve seen no wonder you can’t hold on to any of your work!

    3.1.2007 @ 5:27 pm
    Peter Suorsa said,

    Wonderful work Leanne,
    I have just finished carving a life size blue heron. He is a mobile that will be driven by the action of waves on a lake. Waves will cause his wings to move as he hangs over the shore line.
    I am ready to paint him but need color references. Can you share the colors used to so beautifully capture this bird?


    10.14.2007 @ 12:14 pm
    Leanne said,

    Hi Peter,

    Thank you for stopping by!

    My palette is always the same (well, almost always!)

      Yellow Ochre
      Raw Umber
      French Ultramarine
      Winsor Yellow
      Cadmium Orange
      Sap Green

    I’ve posted scans of the completed painting here:

    I hope that helps, and I’d love to see your finished piece!

    10.14.2007 @ 1:22 pm

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