Rigor Vitae: Life Unyielding

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


Wilson's Bird of Paradise (Cicinnurus respublica) is a small, forest-dwelling bird of paradise endemic to two islands, Batanta and Waigeo, off the NW coast of New Guinea's Vogelkop Peninsula. Here a male busies himself preparing a display-ground, where he will perform his courtship rituals. I've never seen this species before, and relied on observations of a close relative, the Magnificent Bird of Paradise (C. magnificus) to create this piece.


Blogger CJ said...

Thanks for posting these progressions, they are really a joy to watch, is the medium acrylic?

2:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great work! all your illustrations have excellent composition, and this is no exception! My only complain is about the bird's legs, they should be deep cobalt blue. On the July 2007 issue of National Geographic there are good pics of this bird.


8:13 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Really well done. I've never seen that before.

7:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once again fascinating. I can only marvel at the ability of artists like you who can look at white space and "see" the picture that will eventually appear.

Oh to have talent such as that.

7:24 PM  
Blogger Carel Brest van Kempen said...

Thanks, Robert & Clare! A little secret: I can't draw by the seat of my pants. Everything is planned out in advance, and the drawings are sketched onto the board with pencil before I start to paint. The resolution just isn't fine enough to pick the pencil up.

11:33 AM  

Post a Comment

<< Home