Focal Art Wall

Heron on the Bayou

Sat, Aug 12th, 2017 This story began in West Palm Beach, Forida in March of 2017. I met Peter and Lauren at an art show on the last day and they shared how much they enjoyed my work. "Do you make custom pieces?", Peter asked. 'I sure do,' I responded. I'll be in touch," he said. And sure enough, he was.

We began discussions about their home, the color scheme and the idea of a heron in the bayou. They emailed images so I could see their space and understand their aesthetic.

Lauren and Peter wanted earth tones to match their thoughtfully designed art wall in West Palm Beach. They had a beautiful & simple palette and wanted my interpretation of Heron on the Bayou to fit their home.

Once the drawings were complete and we agreed on a design, I began my work in clay. The heron sketch came to life, the soft ripples of water with lily pads floating about and a few water lilies added that quiet pop. The grasses all around give the viewer the feeling of looking at the water and suddenly, noticing the quiet elegance of the heron. Stillness and quiet were my driving force with this wall mural.

After the bisque firing the 'Heron on the Bayou' was glazed. I used a soft palette of gray blue, white, green and ochre. The goldens of the ochre were the backdrop to the silver gray water. A slight pop with a dimensional white lily on a green pad pulls the eye down and then the heron appears in focus. She is tall & quiet.

The golden background pulls the colors of their primitive art collection together, while the smokey grays and whites pull the piece together and allow Heron on the Bayou to fit perfectly on this West Palm art wall.



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Mural will hang on the right
Mural will hang on the right

Mural will hang on the right
Art Collection Detail
Art Collection Detail
Informing colors in their home
Art Collection Detail
Heron Inspiration photo
Heron Inspiration photo

Heron Inspiration photo
Sketch for Mural in clay
Sketch for Mural in clay

Sketch for Mural in clay
Day 1 in clay
Day 1 in clay
Making the tiles
Day 1 in clay
Color Reference in clay
Color Reference in clay
Autumn Crossroads
Color Reference in clay
I often test colors
I often test colors
to make sure clients needs are met
I often test colors
Once I know the colors,
Once I know the colors,
I'm ready to glaze
Once I know the colors,
The Clay Canvas is ready
The Clay Canvas is ready

The Clay Canvas is ready
The sketching in clay begins
The sketching in clay begins

The sketching in clay begins
Laying out the clay canvas
Laying out the clay canvas
'how to make wall murals'
Laying out the clay canvas
Sketching & refining lilypads
Sketching & refining lilypads

Sketching & refining lilypads
A fish gets away...
A fish gets away...

A fish gets away...
The Great Blue...
The Great Blue...

The Great Blue...
her head among the grasses
her head among the grasses

her head among the grasses
texture, texture
texture, texture

texture, texture
Layering in color
Layering in color

Layering in color
Lily Detail
Lily Detail

Lily Detail
Colors Complete
Colors Complete

Colors Complete
Final Glaze
Final Glaze

Final Glaze

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