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Monday, March 02, 2009


I was hoping to draw yesterday's contest out for a day or two, but Clare of The House correctly identified the subject as a Long-tailed Meadowlark (Sturnella loyca), a mere two hours after my posting it. John Carlson requested and received points for giving the common name of the bush, Calafate, though for all I know, it was a big bluff. Clare will receive a pencil drawing of a Gyrfalcon, and John, Ashok and the rest of you will have another opportunity down the road.

On a completely self-serving note, Gallery One in Mentor, Ohio will kick off their big annual miniatures show, Masterworks in Miniature, on Friday, March 6th with a reception from 7 to 9pm. Intents-to-purchase can be filed at the gallery or on line, and the public drawing for purchase rights will take place on March 21 at 5pm. Two-hundred original paintings are on offer, including my Golden Pheasant painting (above) .

While I'm in self-promotion mode, permit me to brag a bit about being named a "Master Member" of the Society of Animal Artists. There are 12 of us: Charles Allmond, Chris Bacon, Gerald Balciar, Robert Bateman, Carl Brenders, Carel Brest van Kempen, Guy Coheleach, Bob Kuhn, Walter Matia, Leo Osborne, Mort Solberg and Kent Ullberg. This designation was established last April, but I just got the nice surprise a couple of weeks ago.


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1:44 AM  
Blogger Camera Trap Codger said...

Congratulations on being recognized as a Master Member -- you're among the contemporary notables!

5:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some quick googling reveals that calafate is the common name for three species of shrub in the genus Berberis; there's a nice clear photo of one of them here. It does seem like a plausible identification for the shrub in your own photo.

8:23 PM  
Blogger Ashok said...

in the same company as Robert Bateman. you're in very good company indeed - congratulations. :-)

8:29 PM  
Blogger Wes and Rachelle Siegrist said...

A well deserved an earned honor Carel! The great joy shared by viewers of your work as they explore the composition to find all your background critters is equally a highlight for us as well. What Bob has done for conservation you have certainly done for diversity. Your unique angle of perspective in many of your works additionally adds to the excitement of viewing them. May many more fun and exciting works flow from your brush!

5:23 AM  
Blogger Mona Diane Conner said...

Carel, congratulations on this great honor.

4:12 PM  

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