Blue Heron

HudsonIt started with a summer storm.  Severe winds tore through the East side of Madison and downed a number of trees.  Three of these were saved and taken to the Urban Wood Fest to show how fallen wood can be saved and used.    That is where I acquired a slab of ash.  This tree came from Hudson Park which features a burial mound.  As I walked around the park, I saw other trees, and the mound crowded with prairie plants, carefully not mown down by the city parks workers.

Blue-Heron-600An ancient tribe came here and built these mounds, we are not sure what for exactly.  Another park nearby has a bear and a lynx mound.  The one at Hudson is not easily identifiable.  Just as these visitors found something to commemorate, I remember a previous visit along the shore.   We were canoeing between the Yahara and Olbrich park when we saw a blue heron along the shoreline.

I was able to find photographs of the blue heron and so developed this design.  I chose to represent the heron in shallow relief, and to develop the color and life of the bird with several layers of thinned acrylic paint.  This is the result.  I think it is a fitting use for the ash wood that was blown into my way.

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