Rigor Vitae: Life Unyielding

Thursday, August 10, 2006


Well, the positive response from my old Cambrian reconstruction felt so good that I can't resist the sycophantic posting of the second illustration in the series. I haven't even looked at these paintings for a decade or more, and I've decided it would probably be worthwhile to go back and touch them up a bit (yes, that would include adding a Hallucigenia to the Cambrian piece).
illustration: ORDOVICIAN FAUNA (1989) acrylic 15" x 20"


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice picture, but you seem to have forgotten to identify the critters involved, as you did with the Cambrian picture. Can we hope for a Silurian painting next?

3:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another gorgeous painting, Carel! I can't tell if the nautiloid has caught something in its tentacles or is just kicking up dust.

Have you read Andrew Parker's optical take on the Cambrian Explosion, "In the Blink of an Eye"? I'm currently in the middle of it, and am enjoying the importance Parker places on what things look like, especially 500-odd million years back. I'd recommend taking a look (no pun intended), esp. if you decide to revisit the Cambrian.

Can't wait for the next in the series!

6:15 PM  
Blogger Carel Brest van Kempen said...

Rm1(ss)(ret): Thanks! I actually didn't so much forget to identify the critters as forget what they were (it was 17 years ago), and just avoided dealing with the issue. I'll do my best here (left to right): The algae Receptaculites, the brachiopod Orthambonites, the coral Thamnopora, the crinoid Ramseyocrinus, the graptolite Didymograptus, an orthocone nautiloid, a couple of unidentified gastropods, and what look like unidentified corals and tunicates. I never got as far as the Silurian in illustrating this project before it fell through, so any Silurian paintings will be some ways down the road.
Matt: Thanks! I think I intended for the nautiloid to be simply searching the sea floor Braille-style. Thanks for recommending "In the Blink of an Eye," I wasn't familiar with it.

3:17 PM  

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