19½ x 23½ inches, framed
Through a small rocky inlet sheltered from the river in Susquehanna State Park, the Great Blue heron wades the shallows, casting a hazy shadow that fades along with the daylight. The day’s end draws out the subtle coloration of the rocks and their spreading lichen.
In the muddy nearby water, it’s rocky reflections we see rather than the deep shadows created earlier that day.
[The smooth waters were painted with PanPastels. Soft pastels added depth to the tops of the rocks, and shaped the lichen. CarbOthello pastel pencils overlay the detail and feathering for the heron.]