Paint to Great Blue Heron

I included two of Sue Wiebe’s paintings (“The Cow” and “Water Lilies”) as a bonus feature in early March. Sue has another painting to share with us. As an artist I find there is nothing more satisfying than when I look at my painting and I no longer see paint but rather the image I have been inspired to create.

Sue had sent me this early photo of her “Great Blue Heron” painting in progress.

A few days ago, she sent me this photo of her completed painting.

I get frequent opportunities to observe these great birds. I feel like this one is watching me and if I take one step closer it will take flight, squawking its prehistoric song in annoyance because I have disturbed its fishing.

Thank you so much Sue for allowing us to share in your creative process and you’re your beautiful paintings.

I often feel like there is a transformation of the individual doing the creating in the creative process as well as the transformation of letters, paint, light, or sounds into what ultimately become the “finished piece.”

Sprout Question: Can you tell us about a profound experience you have had in creating a piece of writing, art, photograph or music or…?

(And please, links to the work you are writing about are always welcome:)

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12 thoughts on “Paint to Great Blue Heron

  1. Terrill – Thank you for the links to Sue Wiebe’s paintings, “The Cow” and “Water Lilies.” They’re beautiful. And for featuring her work, “Great Blue Heron” in you blog today. Again, beautiful. I enjoyed how you added, “… squawking its prehistoric song in annoyance …”

    Sprout Question: Can you tell us about a profound experience you have had in creating a piece of writing, art, photograph or music or…?

    Last evening I presented the basic premise of my manuscript to a large group of women as their keynote speaker. As I was voicing it OUT LOUD for the FIRST time to a living, breathing audience — presenting the ideas — the book came to life. It is no longer merely typed pages. Rather, vital concepts — now animated — by people who went home to weave them into the tapestry of their lives.

    [And Terrill, I’m glad to say that I didn’t throw up OR wet my pants.]

  2. Hi Terrill, Kathy sent me over here. I’m looking forward to getting to know you through your blog… It looks wonderful so far!

      • Thank you, Terrill. I’ll play with Sprout Question. Back in 2004 my husband gave me a software program called Front Page 2000 and I decided to create a website about our family history. I had many years of genealogical research to publish. I’m not great with technology, but I was very motivated to put a family history online that wasn’t just a collection of names and dates. I spent many months teaching myself how to use the program and learning how to make the pages look attractive with backgrounds and graphics and scanned pictures of our ancestors. And I was in the flow writing biographical sketches for various ancestors, and fitting them into the context of history. And then distant cousins started coming across my website and expressing appreciation for it. And sharing their research with me. I never thought of this as being creative before, but I guess it is…

  3. Oh my… I must have made today’s Sprout Question too difficult. You are all showing up and reading but only Laurie has ventured to answer.

    Make it lighter then… play with the question… have some fun!

  4. I live in a rural part of Colorado and so am inspired everyday. Waking up before the sun, I see the sleepy activites of a small town which inspires my writing. I love to wander during the late night or early morning as things are peaceful and as an Indigo Child, the energy around me is easier for me to deal with than during the day. I live down the road from a large lake at the feet of the Rocky Mountains, the view sprawling for miles into Wyoming at the northern horison. This inspires my photography and sketches and environmental habits as people litter the shore and don’t consider the consequences.

  5. Profound moment today … to paint a big canvas I have to stand up or my range of movement is too limited. Previous canvases have been a max of 16×20 and I have always sat while painting. The simplicity of this realization is what makes it profound for me.

    • Sue… you may never sit down to paint again! I find it a little like what they say about singing (not something I can do)… it helps to breath and use your whole body in your painting rather than just the arm, wrist and fingers. You can use the whole body sitting as well… but I always find it easier to do while standing. I can hardly wait to see how “she” will respond to such an adventure.

      Readers “she” is Sue’s next painting that is being tackled on a big canvas. I not going to tell you any more than that… it will be a surprise at some point in the future.

      Thank you again Sue for your contribution to today’s post. I think I scared away our usual sprout responders with my question but they may come by later after “thinking about it.”

  6. Pingback: WATCHING original oil painting of a cougar by Sue Wiebe « Creativepotager's Blog

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