Painting in Lurie Garden, Millennium Park

Above is the completed Little Blue Heron painting, called Little Blue Heron and Red Wing Black bird, Lurie Garden. I completed the painting this past winter in my studio.
Little Blue Heron (an endangered bird)
is a painting I am working on while teaching my Plein Air Watercolor class in Lurie Gardens of Millenium Park. The Little Blue Heron is a waterbird and can be found in and around marshes where the fresh shallow water meets with plants. This heron is considered endangered in some of the United States. I have been including many endangered birds in my paintings and illustrations to draw attention to their plight and hopefully encourage others to help out. Visit the Audubon Resources page to find out ways you can help at:

About Michelle Kogan Art, Illustration, & Writing

Michelle Kogan is an artist, illustrator, instructor, and writer, creating colorful allegorical figure, flora and fauna paintings and children's illustrations, which have a sensitivity to endangered species, and the environment. She is an art instructor at the Evanston Art Center and offers Plein Air Painting Workshops at nature venues in the Chicago area including the Lincoln Park Conservatory, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, and Lurie Gardens at Millennium Park. Visit her online Etsy Shop at: and her website:
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2 Responses to Painting in Lurie Garden, Millennium Park

  1. This is really beautiful, Michelle.

  2. Thanks Janet, I appreciate your thoughts and stopping by. Lurie is an inspiring place to paint in!

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