fables of the heron and the swan

Here are the first two fables, "the loner" and "the visitor". They tell the stories of a heron and a pair of swans. I can identify a lot with the heron in this period of my life, having spent long stretches of time on my own whether by choice or not. I'm not even sure why I have been such a hermit especially in the last couple years, but it gave me a lot of time to reflect on my life and wanting to change things. And I figured the best place to start is to change myself, beginning with my perceptions of others and reactions to them. 

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The pine in the loner story is the one right by the front of the guesthouse I live in, hidden from view and the street. I was also inspired by a picture from flickr of a lonely house in the woods. To change the drawing to its opposite I moved the house out of the way and gave it openings, turned the pine into flowing reed grass, and transformed the heron into a swan. It wasn't long that the ducks came back in the picture and another swan showed up.

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I played a lot with textures to add colors to the original artwork, made with the blocks shown below. My first color version had muddier colors. Trying out a few filters on Instagram I decided to go with brighter colors. To make the blue stand out more I used a tutorial found on gram of the day that recreates the Hudson filter