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Heart of the River - Leather Great Blue Heron Mask
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Published: February 1, 2014
© 2014 - 2019 windfalcon
I love great blue herons.  Even if they're considered common around rivers and lakes, I never cease to be surprised and amazed seeing such a graceful bird on such huge wings.

Hand-tooled 7-oz leather, hand-painted with acrylics.  This mask has a turquoise stone.

I made TWO versions of this mask :D  This one was for a friend who loves herons, and the other version features an aqua cat's-eye stone in the forehead, which is available here - www.etsy.com/listing/177877214…
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bonefish's avatar
bonefish|Hobbyist General Artist
Don't know how I missed seeing this guy earlier, he's a real stunner. What a neat mask idea! The turquoise stone is a great match with his blue-tinted plumage.
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windfalcon|Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! Cats-eye stones are just perfect, and come in so many colors.
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teonova's avatar
GORGEOUS!!!!
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DancingInTwilight|Student General Artist
we hae these guys all over the place :3 i love seeing them, (tho they are more grey than blue lol, buti wont say anything! :X )
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windfalcon|Professional Traditional Artist
Their feathers can appear more gray or more blue depending on the light :)  Though for this mask I took some liberties and pushed the feathers more blue than normal :3
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DancingInTwilight|Student General Artist
oh i did not mean to make that red face! lol i dont mind you having fun with these colors!
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windfalcon|Professional Traditional Artist
Hahahah it's okay!  I think it's when you type in :x it automatically makes :x
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DancingInTwilight|Student General Artist
so clever!
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SilentLynx17's avatar
Great blue herons are one of my favorite birds. There's something so cool about them.
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keight's avatar
This is gorgeous, Bren.
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the-friendly-troll|Hobbyist General Artist
Love the subject matter, and you did a fantastic job!
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Goldenwolf|Professional Traditional Artist
Stunning!!
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Ryph| General Artist
Absolutely beautiful.
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Beadmask|Professional Artisan Crafter
This is absolutely stunning. It strikes a lovely balance between realistic and ethereal.

I'm very fond of herons as well. They're quite common here (my house is along their flight path, so we usually see them at least twice a day as they "commute") but like you, I'm always awed by their grace.
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LostGryphin|Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful
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merimask|Professional Artisan Crafter
I love everything about this.  I think you're really on to something here...this design really showcases your style wonderfully. 
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SilverVulpine|Hobbyist Photographer
Great mask. Beautiful work. :)
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arikla|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful! Absolutely stunning! I looked at it and went "ooohh!" out loud.
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SycamoreSea|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The design of this is absolutely stunning. It feels so unique, the way the wings cradle the eyes instead of flaring out - beautifully done. <3
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