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Heart of the River - Leather Great Blue Heron Mask by windfalcon Heart of the River - Leather Great Blue Heron Mask by 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 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  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 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! Cats-eye stones are just perfect, and come in so many colors.
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teonova Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014
GORGEOUS!!!!
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DancingInTwilight Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  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 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  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 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  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 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  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 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Student General Artist
so clever!
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SilentLynx17 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
Great blue herons are one of my favorite birds. There's something so cool about them.
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keight Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014
This is gorgeous, Bren.
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the-friendly-troll Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the subject matter, and you did a fantastic job!
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Goldenwolf Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Stunning!!
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Ryph Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014   General Artist
Absolutely beautiful.
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Beadmask Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  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 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful
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merimask Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  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 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Great mask. Beautiful work. :)
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arikla Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful! Absolutely stunning! I looked at it and went "ooohh!" out loud.
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SycamoreSea Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  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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