I haven't even finished the last piece and I have ideas rolling around for another one... I want to depict something that happened to me a few years ago. I used to walk my dog around a pond that is in the forest by my old house and in the winter at 5am it is completely dark. I continued to walk there, though, because there is a board-walk with old, worn, lightly colored planks.
The day I stopped going through there in the dark was when we disturbed a Great Blue Heron on the pond. I almost had a heart-attack when I heard the sound of its great big wings at such close proximity and in an enclosed space; it was really startling... It took me a moment to even figure out what was going on and that I wasn't going to be attacked by some nocturnal beast!
Here are my rough, preliminary sketches. The Great Blue Herons are really beautiful birds... I have been really into birds lately (?). julie