Last Monday on my weekly walk through Hammonasset State Park, I saw a group of Blue Herons winging their way toward the water. They were so stately and graceful, with their shoulders scrunched and their necks pulled in. I had never seen a group fly together, just solo birds here and there, usually hiding in the marsh grasses and waiting to pounce on a fish or a frog. I knew it was time to add this heron to my ever increasing series of sea birds.
For this piece, I resurrected a bird I had made several years ago, changed some of the colors and fabrics, and then framed it. The original piece was much larger and based on a sketch I made from a stuffed Heron at the Peabody Museum in New Haven. Blue Heron at Hammonasset is for sale at Fire and Rain in Killingworth, CT.