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.