Saturday, October 15, 2011

Wetlands - WIP

I discovered a great art contest the other day called Eco Arts Awards. I thought it would be a great contest to enter. Artists will submit artwork with their interpretation of the meaning of Ecology. 

The first thing that sprang to mind was Wetlands. I love Great Blue Herons, so I thought I'd make one the main focus, and also in keeping with the ecology theme, I'll be using my paper collage process, using primarily papers recycled from old books and magazines if I can.

I found my heron reference from Paint My Photo a great website where photographers can post their photos for artists to use as copyright free reference material. Thanks Tracee Murphy for the great photo!

After doing a couple of thumbnail sketches, I drew my scene onto a 24 X 12" canvas. Since this piece will be fairly complicated I will loosely paint it first with acrylics to give me a guideline while applying the papers.

Here is my drawing so far. I will be fixing that poor dragonfly!

Sorry for the poor quality of the photo, it's very hard to get a good picture of a pencil drawing!

More to follow!


  1. Patty, I love your sketch. Look forward to seeing your progress on this. Wow!
    Carol B

  2. Thanks, Carol! I'm heading off to put some paint on this right now.