The Night Heron, Watercolor Artists group
There is a neighborhood called Port Jefferson Village in my area. Port Jefferson is an incorporated village in the Town of Brookhaven in Suffolk County, New York, on the North Shore of Long Island. Officially known as the Incorporated Village of Port Jefferson.
There is a port from where you can catch ferries to Connecticut, and there are beautiful streets and parks with several shops where sea anglers leave to head out to sea in their boats or yachts.
Especially nestled along the harbor and offering great views of the sea, is the new Port Jefferson Village Center. Open to residents and non-residents, the Center offers a vibrant space for social, recreational, and educational functions, as well as for exhibits and special village events.
The Night Heron, a group of watercolor artists, is held every Thursday in a spacious hall overlooking the sea on the second floor. I received information from the curator of the gallery where I was registered and decided to attend.
I looked up the name of this group, the Night Heron. A bird with a unique and cute shape was searched for, not a seagull or a heron with a crown on its head.
The night herons are medium-sized herons, 58–65 cm, in the genera Nycticorax, Nyctanassa, and Gorsachius. The genus name Nycticorax derives from the Greek for “night raven” and refers to the largely nocturnal feeding habits of this group of birds, and the croaking crow-like call of the best known species, the black-crowned night heron.
Looking at the image of a lovely and cute bird, the name that seemed unfamiliar at first came closer to me.
As always, I admit that there are too many hidden masters in the world. Besides those known to the world, there are so many artists who quietly paint with their skills and talents in their positions. I can check it out just by visiting galleries and exhibitions in the small village. I also come to realize this even more by attending the Night Heron meeting, a gathering of 30 artists, and seeing the paintings drawn by them.
It's nice to quietly paint in my studio in my own space, but it's also very beneficial to go to a gathering of other artists like this to show my work, view the work of other artists, and exchange information.
In the future, I plan to attend working groups of these artists and introduce their lives and works.
At the first meeting, I drew a picture of two moving betafish. There was no break in between, but when I want to take a break, I can walk around the aisles and look at the works of other artists. If I have any questions about the technique or drawing, ask a question and they answered me right away.
I'm currently working on a painting project with $1 watercolors. I was happy to be able to explain this project.
Myungja Anna Koh