Thursday, October 23, 2008

John James

I really enjoy the associative aspect of blogging. Earlier today the Sub-Studio lures made me think of a lake which spurred thoughts of Lake | Flato Architects. Then when I got home from my Illustrator class, I took one look at the Sierra Club Magazine on my coffee table and immediately thought of John James Audubon and his theatrical (yet realistic) paintings of North American birds. Starting around 1810, the man spent decades canvassing the eastern half of the young U.S. and in doing so painted almost 500 of the nearly 700 regularly occurring North American bird species. I remember seeing these as a kid, but I have a whole new respect for them now. I've gotta go check out some of the orginals:

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