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Green Heron Watercolor Study by Nambroth Green Heron Watercolor Study by Nambroth
A study of a green heron, waiting for a fish. I loved watching these guys fish in the crick across the street from my parents house.

Just me experimenting and playing around. The heron's body is a bit too stout. That's okay, this was a learning experience.
Various references used for markings, but nothing directly.

Watercolor on 6" x 12" cold press.
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alomhordozo57 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
Amazing!
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lola28granola Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
Very pretty; I agree with you about the body, but overall I think this is beautiful and captures this small heron very well. I was at the SF zoo and they were feeding the rescued white pelican that lives in their pond and there was a green heron along with a few snowy egrets standing right next to the zoo keeper hoping for a handout. They were so fearless I asked if they were part of the exhibit, but they were just wild birds hanging out hoping for a handout.
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hyperskygirl Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
sweet painting
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:iconerwinelias:
erwinelias Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011
beautiful rendering
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:iconjcnger:
Jcnger Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It's very great. I can just imagine the discipline it takes to make such an art.
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paintingmyheartred Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Professional General Artist
oh gosh this is so frickin great. i LOVE the water being the white space and the colors insinuating that. the whole background is epic as well- and love the salt patterns.
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AliciaMarieCreations Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010   General Artist
I featured your work in my journal: [link]
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tnosblackjaguar Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
This is So amazing!!!
This literally looks like it'S about to jump into the water.
Very impressive!!!
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Amarelle07 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I love this! Watercolor is amazing. :D
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:iconkim-anderson:
Kim-Anderson Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
featured here - [link]
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:iconnambroth:
Nambroth Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you!! :D
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:iconkim-anderson:
Kim-Anderson Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :XD:
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:iconqilorar:
qilorar Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
beautiful :love:
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:icondeboratsuki:
deboratsuki Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
So beautiful!!!
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j0rosa Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
amazing, well done waterworks, Jas :wow:
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:iconaliciamariecreations:
AliciaMarieCreations Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010   General Artist
I love green herons and great painting of one. He really pops out against the soft background and with his position. Fantastic job!
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:icondannyfaria:
dannyfaria Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Student General Artist
amazing painting.. i like :)
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:iconforty-two-point-five:
forty-two-point-five Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Professional General Artist
So lovely.... i wish i could use watercolours like that!!
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:iconhighlighterjuice:
Highlighterjuice Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Oh gosh this is spectacular! You really captured their personality! Excellent :3
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wolfofdesire Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009  Hobbyist
Nice!
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AVA4Zinkovsky Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009
Good work.
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ScurvySimon Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice. I really like the heron's pose, leaning down towards the water like that. Great colouring too, especially the way the background "drips" down, and the reflections in the water.
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Copper-Wolff Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009
have you used several brands of water color or pretty much just stuck to a single one? I'd really like to get into doing water colors but I'm not sure of the brand to get as I know some just aren't worth the money. was just curious if you could provide a tip on that.

very nice heron, your birds are coming out really well. ever thought of doing an ibis, with their iridescent feathers? blue-crowned motmot might be fun too. ^-^
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Nambroth Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009  Professional General Artist
I can't really afford to buy different brands of watercolor to test them. I have some Van Gogh brand that I use now.
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ThegreenKanintoffla Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009
Wow! That's all I can say <3<3<3<3
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Moorstream Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009
I had no idea there was a heron like this. Nice image! The leaves really remind me of dragonflies.
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009
:jawdrop:
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:iconmeihua:
meihua Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009
Nice, he looks very intent. I love the background, it looks natural yet minimalist.
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Good-Anime Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009  Student
Lovely blend of colors. :heart:
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Tre-Sedici Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009
This so beautiful. I am looking at it on my mobile and I have to say it is a great way to look at it. As far as him being "stout", I think its beautiful!
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Mphoenix169 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful work! Love the colors you used! I also like how the backgrounds are always simple- I think it looks great!
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Primal-Fury Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I love the detailed heron and the soft colours of the background =)
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Vampyre-Lover Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009
Totally Awesome!!! Beautifully done-love the color scheme...
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EmeraldTheWolf Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009  Student Digital Artist
gorgeous! You work with these birds is fantastic! The detail is wonderful :D
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She-Walks-Into-Doors Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Pretty ^^ I like the simple effects you've used for the water and background =)
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:iconmonrow:
monrow Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009
what you use for ref-fur-n-ts was going to be my question. looks grate.
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FrigorisAtrum Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009
Magnificent bird. You are lucky, because have chance to see them:)
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:iconbarbcast:
barbcast Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
very very nice! i loved it! :slow:
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Iagal Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Watercolors... watercolors... I can't believe :faint:
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WolvenYoukai Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the color!
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herofan135 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
really beautiful!
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rimis Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009
beautiful:)
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artweller24 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009
Unbelivable :dance:
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Fenriko Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009
I think that it turned out great :) looks very fresh and neat. Wonderful color scheme and shading :]
and really cool background, simple but beautiful :]
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Nakatoni Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009
That's pretty good for a practice :lol: You use the white of the paper perfectly. D'you use pans or tubes? Just out of curiosity :XD:
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Nambroth Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009  Professional General Artist
I use pans, because I tend to travel with them. :) So my entire tray and palette is less than 5" x 4".
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:iconnakatoni:
Nakatoni Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009
Oh, that makes sense :) Thank you. I prefer tubes but on the other hand I don't travel :lol:
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FakeKraid Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Gorgeous. But you've received enough compliments, so I'll leave it at that.
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quesoyeso Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009
this is :heart:
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Dreshanda Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009
He looks like an arrow ready to shoot...I love his pose! :heart:
I really don't see too much wrong :nod: Other than the neck does seem a bit wide...but I guess I don't see these guys often enough ^^;
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