|Three Very Young Green Herons at Manayunk Canal. First State Proof of Woodcut by Ken Januski.|
I've finally bitten the bullet and started something more developed on those fascinating young Green Herons seen a week or so ago along the Manayunk Canal. I did show a quick watercolor and pen sketch about that time. Since then I've done a fairly developed pencil sketch for a woodcut or linocut. This is based on that drawing.
I'm not yet sure whether I'll add a second woodblock with color. I'm tempted to due to the rich coloration of Green Herons. On the other hand I do like the stark contrast of this black and white print so far.
I like the contrast of the B&W on this as well.
I've never seen young green herons, but I've seen black crowned and yellow crowned night-heron nestlings in Florida - so ugly that they are somehow (almost) cute.
We've never seen the young night heron nestlings though we have seen many photos. They are striking. I always feel like I'm cheating a bit when I choose herons as subjects because they have such amazing shapes and often a combination of elegance and almost ugly beauty.
It looks like I'll at least do a black and white version of this and then perhaps later a second edition of them which includes color.
Speaking of young birds there are young peregrines in Manayunk right now, in and around the church at Pretzel Park. We got a brief look last night.
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