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It’s Official—Chickens Are Popular!

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Above: Guinea Hen study in Holbein Gouache in my current journal which has Gutenberg pages, page spread is 13 x 8 inches. This study was painted over a prepainted background. Read more about this painting in the post below. Click on the image to view an enlargement.

This study of a white guinea fowl is based on sketches I made at the 2009 Minnesota State Fair. (You thought you weren't going to hear any more about the Fair didn't you—Ha, I live the whole year off my Fair visits!) I painted it on a prepainted background that I wrote about earlier. The morning after I painted this study I opened my New Yorker Magazine (Sept. 28, 2009 issue). I found a delightful article by one of my favorite writers, Susan Orlean, about the rise in the popularity of raising chickens. I love it when serendipity slaps you in the face!

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Lars Jonsson: Sketching and Painting Birds

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Above: Adelie Penguins at Brown Bluff
Antarctic Peninsula 21.1.2009, Watercolor 32 x 50 cm,
©Lars Jonsson. Click on the artist's name to go to the sketchbook section of his website to see this and other examples of his field work. Click on the image to view an enlargement.

In my June 29 post on a documentary film on wildlife artists sketching in South America I mentioned the bird artist Lars Jonsson. I recommend that film for people wanting glimpses of Jonsson working. However, the film reminded me that there were gaps in my library and I have since picked up two spectacular books containing Jonsson's artwork.

I have been reading through the following books this summer, savoring the gorgeous paintings and sketches. If you care about bird paintings or watercolor I recommend that you purchase both volumes to have as inspiration, constantly at hand.

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