Reading the Menu, 14" x 20"
Watercolour on Paper, all whites are the whites of the paper.
14" x 20." Sold Unframed.
100% cotton cold pressed paper.
Heron reference photo by Guy Trudel used with permission.
“Reading the Menu” is my watercolour painting of a Great Blue Heron at Parc La Fontaine in Montreal. The heron is posed mid-step, one clawed foot raised above the rippled surface of the pond, which is reflecting the greenery of midsummer. The bird’s gaze is intent on the water ahead, likely seeking a suitable creature to eat, hence the title, “Reading the Menu”. A quietly tense wildlife scene, the light seems to bounce around the bird, illuminating its contours in reflected colour, and suggesting a sense of serenity. Although poised to strike, the determination in finding its dinner clearly evident in its posture and expression, the heron seems nonetheless aware of being observed. And yet, the bird has no care for the impact of its presence on the humans observing it, either in person, or later, as an artist depicts its indifference using a brush made with the hairs of another animal. The heron continues to consider what might become its dinner.
Indulging my fascination for animal behaviour, my intention with this painting is to take the medium of watercolour, with its reputation for decorative illustrations especially where birds are concerned and offer a counterpoint of greater depth by depicting the heron’s apathy for our gaze. Two views that arrive at the same conclusion: art is a heron reading the menu."
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