What the Water Sees 3 December 3, 2013December 4, 2013 | drawandshoot The underbelly of migration. A blue heron that has long since left, layered with surface reflections of the autumn creek. © Karen McRae,2013 Share this:SharePinterestEmailTumblrFacebookTwitterLinkedInLike this:Like Loading... Related
65 thoughts on “What the Water Sees 3”
On my, Karen – the reflection of the heron is just gorgeous in the second panel – splendid work, really! K
Oh, it’s not actually a reflection, I have just re-imagined it as one, Kathleen – I snapped a photograph of it as flew overhead and have layered it into some water reflections.
Thank you, I’m glad you like it!
I love your palette, Karen. Always soothing on my eyes that tend to want to tone down colour almost everywhere.
I relate that ‘wanting to tone things down’ reaction. Although I love vibrant colour in other people’s art, I am resistant to it in my own. I haven’t quite figured out why…
Thanks, Ashley. : )
Wonderful and abstract, lovely!
Very soothing. A great series.
Thanks very much, KC. I’m enjoying working on this series.
It’s a strange paradox, the surface reflection doubles with
the wobble of the memories in the darkest depth isn’t it.
Yes, depths and surfaces and everything in between.
You just ‘get it’, Yoshizen! Thanks for the comment.
Floating, sinking, wading, so much rich dimension. Glorious.
Thank you, Elena, your thoughts reflect my ideas nicely!
Great work, and as mentioned before, great earthy colors.
Thanks, Samar. Yes, I love earthy colours!
Thank you, Hai. It makes me think of a tapestry in a way.
That heron is just beautiful. Your visions makes us dream Karen, thank you 🙂
Hey thank you, Sophie! : )
It’s so much fun to make this sort of work and I’m glad you appreciate it too.
Lovely migrating photos! Wish I was on the move as well!
Thanks, Vassilis. Where is it you would migrate to?
I’m hoping to get to Greece one of these days – I hear there is wonderful rock climbing on Kalymnos island! : )
Wow! Fantastic Karen. Really love the GBH appearance. 🙂
Thanks Phil, I have to find ways to work with my not-very-great wildlife photos! : ). This is one of the results.
Absolutely beautiful and poignant Karen well done I love it
Thank you, Mike. I truly enjoy the process and I’m glad you like the results.
great triptych, Karen, it’s beautiful, and it seems to me like a meditation on Asian art too…
Thank you, Wolfgang. Yes, I am drawn to that aesthetic for sure, although it’s not something I’m consciously thinking about when I’m working I guess.
Once again, stunning. Love this liquid silver…
Thanks very much, James. The water certainly does look like liquid silver in the right light, nice description.
That is brilliant. Again.
That’s very kind, Russ, thank you!
great use of color and texture. this is beautiful
Thanks very much!
So serene! Lovely.
A mostly serene place, it is. Thanks, Micah!
The lines of the water and the subtlety of the heron are so organically transposed. The images feel neither digitally nor chemically overlaid, to me, but rather threaded, embroidered.
Perfect vision and thank you for it…
The last of the three speaks to me.
You give us all a lesson in observing, looking and using our imagination, Karen. I take my hat off to you. You are really outstanding.
Love these – colorful monochromes. And the geometries in the lower image are just compelling.
Beautiful delicate work.
Beautifully realised. Your work has such a distinct aesthetic, Karen. I love the balancing act between poetry and science – and seeing which way you’ve tipped the scales.
Amazing images and textures that allow the viewer to read into them interpretations and layers of meaning. As well as metaphors of absence – mirror and shadow I recall seeing textural imagery like these water reflections as I flew over the dry Australian continent. The water texture morphed into an aerial view of salt pans and mud flats with the heron cruising below. They remind me of Japanese Wabi Sabi aesthetic.
If I stare too long I see things. Great job at playing with my mind.
These are all wonderful, Karen. I like the addition of the GBH as with the fish in your previous grouping. So creative and fascinating to study.
Simply gorgeous Karen. Love the Heron.
Utterly beautiful … the subtleties and tones are gorgeous!
Oh..Like a dream! I love the colours and the bird. And the feeling of silence. Gro
How gorgeous – i love the idea of the water reflecting all time passing, all those quiet events we may miss..I wonder where that blue heron is flying now!
Beautiful, Karen – the inclusion of the heron is a very good idea. Adrian
Incredibly creative 🙂
These are beautiful. What the fishes see as ice skims the surface of the water.
somebody may have said this already but some ancient empire, somebody with a decorated fan, mountains, water, clouds….it’s like you’re revealing a feeling from long ago
The shadow of the heron is like a fossil in the mud. Love it!
Very very beautiful… The photo with the heron is amazingly beautiful 🙂
The bottom image is my favorite — like cracked glass or a mosaic!
This is a beautiful series – I am glad to have discovered it!
Thanks very much, Mark!
Magnifique et magique. Je suis sous le charme, merci.
Lost in light.
Exquisite work. Very glad to have found my way here.
Thanks very much, I’m very happy you found your way here, too!