Nature Sketching in the Dry Forests of South America

June 29, 2009

Donna McMenamin wrote in to give me a heads up about Ten Days to Paint the Forest on Terra. When I was still in Project Art for Nature we tried showing this DVD at one of our meetings but there was equipment failure. I never heard what was going on in the sound track and only saw some of the action in black and white! (It was a bad technology day.) How wonderful to be able to see some of it on the internet and in color!

In this film several artists go to the Chappari Reserve (among the last remaining high-altitude dry forests of South America). One of the artists is Lars Jonsson, renowned bird artist. You actually get to watch him sketch and paint in this video. (There are three episodes posted; you can also purchase the DVD; since the posted episodes only add up to about 40 minutes, the DVD would be a worthwhile purchase at only $24.95.)

If you would like to view some of Jonsson's work you can see it at the Gerald Peters Gallery, and if you are looking for a book of his artwork (Paintings From a Near Horizon) you can go to Princeton University Press. (I don't have a copy of this book, but will be ordering one! Note it is also available on Amazon.) Which reminds me, some of his sketches can be found in the excellent Drawing Birds, by John Busby, so you might want to order that up at the same time!

Other artists in the video are Bruce Pearson, Kim Atkinson, Vadim Gorbatov, and Denis Clavreul. The scenes of people sketching and painting are always too short and too few even in films where following artists around is the nature of the film, but there is enough to give you an appreciation of how these talented individuals work.

    • Zoe
    • June 29, 2009

    Grateful you posted this as I would never have encountered it otherwise.

    I saw all three bits and enjoyed them all. Seeing the habitats was gift itself, but watching the artists capture the lives of birds, trees and bears, among other animals, was truly amazing. Each pencil or brush stroke had me enthralled.

    • Roz
    • June 29, 2009

    Zoe, so glad you enjoyed it!

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