Monday, January 26, 2009

Black Crowned Night Heron

My last blog entry was Oct.30? This blog is covered with dust and cobwebs. I have been out of my studio since then dealing with some major family health issues. My mom has been ill but she is stabilized now and slowly improving and I find that I have time to spend a few days a week in my studio. I don't think I have ever gone this long without painting since I began years ago and it is really strange getting started up again. I wandered around in circles, dithering over what to begin then finally settled on this one which I had blocked out last spring and abandoned for no good reason. I've put enough time into it to feel reasonably sure it will survive and I'll add updates as it progresses.
These herons live over on the coast and spend the days roosting in trees like this monterey cypress looking sleepy or cranky, depending on the mood.