Rigor Vitae: Life Unyielding

Tuesday, April 11, 2006


I enjoy peppering my paintings with little incidental subjects: mildly interesting animals and plants that put the subject into context. Admittedly not as fun to explore as the real thing, but not bad, and the mosquitos aren't nearly as ferocious. Click onto the accompanying painting and see how many of the following subjects you can spot. It will help if your monitor is better than mine.

Field Mushrooms (Agaricus sp.), Milfoil Yarrow (Achilles millifolium), Northern Sweetvetch (Hedysarum boreale), Tapertip Onions (Allium acuminatum), Big Sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata), Curlycup Gumweed (Grindelia squarrosa) Common Dandelion (Taraxacum officianale), Early Paintbrush (Castilleja chromosa), Oregon Grape (Berberis repens), cinquefoil (Potentilla sp.), Utah Serviceberry (Amelanchier utahensis), Plains Prickly-pear (Opuntia polyacantha), daddy-long-legs (family Phlangiidae), spittlebug (Philaemus sp.), Banana Assassin Bug (Fitchia aptera), velvet ant (Dasymutilla sp.), Nuttall's Sheep Moth (Hemileuca nuttalli), tent worm (Malacosoma sp.), Sagebrush Lizard (Sceloporus graciosus), Ferruginous Hawk (Buteo regalis).
illustration: DISCIPLINE--FERRUGINOUS HAWK (1995) acrylic 40" x 30"


Anonymous Anonymous said...

your 'incidental subjects' are what draw me so deeply into your work- they're not 'sterilized', if that makes sense.
Another great piece of art.

6:35 PM  
Blogger Carel Brest van Kempen said...

Thanks, Cindy! Always nice to have you stop by.

10:36 PM  

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