Heron Lesson – 2004
Watercolor on black paper – 8 x 11.5
This painting arose out of a shape-shifting dream. To awake after standing on one leg in black water, and soaring low over marshland is both exhilarating and exhausting.
I was relieved to find myself in a warm, dry bed.
But there are lessons to be learned from the Heron’s keen observation and unwavering focus. And such grace and precision of movement, and clearness of intent. When it strikes, it’s like a bolt out of the blue, quicker than the blinking of a frog. So thrifty in how much it takes, and how it takes it.
Heron Lesson could be seen as a companion piece to Quiet Water – A Wetlands Mask
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