Here’s a new piece- a mixed flock of birds sketched in the Amazon treetops, incorporated with a sketch of a bromeliad from the same site. It’s for my upcoming show in a section called, “Canopy Life: The View at the Top”. I needed an art assistant to help me with creative details, such as lifting the big sheet of wet paper (30″ x 39″) and getting it situated onto a wooden board, as well as photos for posterity and for your viewing pleasure. All photos by Tim Ryan of From the Faraway, Nearby. Thanks, TR!
The water cure. There’s a shower curtain over the patio table to puddle water on. The idea is to wash off the loose graphite and get the paper REALLY well soaked.
The canopy is a splendid place to study life at the top. Resources are abundant here: plenty of sunlight, free-moving air and first dibs on rain. Flowering canopies are festive with insects and hummingbirds. Against the flush of morning sky, a quartet of toucans performs an angular dance. The color’s all here: striped bromeliads, glamorous orchids, and a million brilliant butterflies.
For a breathtaking view of infinity, climb into the treetops of the Amazon rainforest. You’ll see an unbroken rolling carpet of tree crowns stretching to the horizon and beyond. The moist green edge of the earth rolls under the dome of the sky. Eden is at your feet. Amazon, 2008 ( exhibit label for “Drawing the Motmot: An Artist’s View of Tropical Nature” )
Bromeliad’s leaves are shaped to scoop and store rain, creating treetop tanks for frogs and other aquatic critters. Birds come from far and wide to bathe, drink and forage in the hearts of these hospitable epiphytes. Amazon, January 2009 (Caption label, Drawing the Motmot: An Artist’s View of Tropical Nature”)