In Quiet Light by Aimee Stewart


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In quiet light, a golden glow
lasting a hundred perfect heartbeats…

*Artist’s notes: I have had the wonderful chance of seeing herons actually sunning themselves like this. In fact, there was one day that absolutely struck me with awe about the playfullness of these birds.

I was working with a sheetrock crew, and the house we were at was on the banks of the Columbia river. We’d had a series of strange weather incidents in the valley, all of which flooded the river, and actually made a huge mess of it with countless trees/logs, branches, etc. being swept down the mountains and into the water. So for a couple of days, there was an endless log jam floating down the river.

I was taking a break at the house during one of those days, and noticed herons standing on the logs floating down the river. They had their wings held out like in my picture above, and they were facing the sun. They would float down just so far, then turn and fly back up river. Next thing you know…here they’d come again… on a new log. All day long these herons kept repeating that cycle, catching rides on the logs while they could…and sunning themselves in the process. I thought that was so interesting and cool. Plus, I love herons anyway…so, it just seemed fitting to add one to this piece. :)

(Original, 11×17 300dpi)

Stock Credits:

model: mjranum-stock
Boat and water:
wing brushes: faeth-design
textures: my own

©2007-2008 Aimee Stewart, Foxfires
My artwork and photos do not belong to the public domain


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Aimee’s artwork has been featured in Advanced Photoshop Magazine, ImagineFX, and others. Her work can be found internationally as a greeting cards through Tree Free Greetings, cross stitch patterns through HAED, and jigsaw puzzles by such companies as Buffalo Games, Mega Puzzles, and more! These are now available at Walmart, Fred Meyer, and more. Aimee is currently working on her first children’s book featuring whimsical animals, slated for release in 2012.

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  • silveraya
    silverayaover 6 years ago

    truly beautiful, a serenely done image

  • Thank you so much for your lovely compliments! I truly appreciate it!

    – Aimee Stewart

  • HenkStolk
    HenkStolkover 6 years ago

    nice fine Art

  • Thank you so much!

    – Aimee Stewart

  • iffymood
    iffymoodover 6 years ago

    that is breathtakingly beautiful, you do such lovely work.

  • Thank you so much!! I really appreciate the feedback! I’m just getting my feet wet here on RedBubble – what a fun community!

    – Aimee Stewart

  • Arie
    Arieover 6 years ago

    Fantastic image with such a subtle blending of colours.

  • AdamDonnelly
    AdamDonnellyover 6 years ago

    Beautiful tones & colours. Lovely image!

  • Thank you Adam! That means a lot to me!

    – Aimee Stewart

  • andygibb
    andygibbover 6 years ago

    magical warm tone, you have created a wonderful atmosphere, warmth and interest…and there is a real connection between the fisherman, and the heron…wonderful..a fav

  • Thank you so very much Andy! I truly appreciate it.
    I can’t wait to go through your gallery!

    – Aimee Stewart

  • Leah Highland
    Leah Highlandover 6 years ago

    Beautiful setting, love the color and texture.

  • Thank you Leah!

    – Aimee Stewart

  • mjaniceanne
    mjaniceanneover 6 years ago

    This is so beautiful and original, love it.

  • Thank you very much Janice!

    – Aimee Stewart

  • midzing
    midzingover 6 years ago

    beautiful,,, stunning image,,, well done

  • helene
    heleneover 6 years ago

    Truly wonderful

  • Thank you Helene!

    – Aimee Stewart

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