Grey heron (Ardea cinerea)

Oil on illustration board. 11x14 inches; 28x35 cm
I find herons very elegant, fascinating birds. There is some kind of grace in it whatever they are doing: when they are perching; when they are hunting with great focus and discipline, and even when they are flapping with their wings slowly and flying away with dignity. I wanted to portray this elegance in this oil painting. I went for a gessoed illustration board to get a smooth surface to be able to paint in some details despite the relatively small dimensions.