This great blue heron is probably thinking,"Maybe I should try artificial bait." I painted this back in 2007 and use it for the topper image on this blog.
The original painting has long been sold to a contractor in Alabama to hang in his office. What do you think drew him to this picture? He said "it was the lure. When I was younger, I had a lure just like the one in the painting. I caught many fish with that lure. After seeing it in the painting, good memories flooded back."
I too had a lure like this one when I was a kid, in fact I used it as the model for the painting. I remember catching lots of fish on the Duck River with it. I guess you could say that I paint good memories.
Oh yeah, what do you think I called this painting? I named it "Blue Monday Heron" because if you look closely, you can tell the heron is not having a good day fishing on a cold, windy Monday.