Great Blue #Heron #tessellation

First time as artist in residence at the MAC, MacMillan Arts Centre, and there’s a snowstorm outside yesterday. Not one soul showed up, don’t blame them, I saw two pickup trucks in the ditch on my way back home. We are spoiled with the weather here, so we tend to forget our winter driving skills.

Anyhow, all this to say, I had a bit of restless time on my hands and an iPad close by. Not surprisingly, a Heron showed up in my mind’s eye. I had been woken up a few days ago by a series of sqwaks, twice and loud, maybe 10 metres from the window, and a shadow flying away. Who knows what the issue was, maybe the heron was disturbed by ravens, crows, or eagles.

Here was the start of another tessellation. A few lines in symmetry group P3. The base I used was from my pentagon study, at this time last year.

Pentagon tessellation in symmetry group P3
Pentagon tessellation in symmetry group P3

A bit of tweaking, adding control nodes, switching between corner nodes and curve nodes, moving them here and there. And I ended up with a heron.

Starting point for my Great Blue Heron tessellation, F.Champagne ©️2019
Starting point for my Great Blue Heron tessellation, F.Champagne ©️2019

Tweaked the fish in its beak. Google “heron and fish”, in google images, the results are striking. Wicked bird, fighting even with snakes for the prize. And sometimes, a huuuuge fish!

Tweaked the colour scheme this morning in Pixelmator, while watching #Schalke04 loose to Bayern, yet again. While listing the millions of dollars spent on supposedly great players. They are NOT great blues.

Great Blue #Heron tessellation by F.Champagne ©️2019
Great Blue #Heron tessellation by F.Champagne ©️2019

Here is a zoom-in on one of the great birds.

Great Blue #Heron tessellation by F.Champagne ©️2019


Cheers!

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