Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Painting the Spectacled Owl

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This is yet another fascinating stop-motion video depicting the creation of another of artist Carel Brest van Kempen’s paintings. This time, it’s a Spectacled Owl, a widespread bird of the American tropics that favors heavy woods near water and feeds heavily on crabs.

Carel Brest van Kempen published a stunning book, Rigor Vitae: Life Unyielding [my review] and writes the art blog that goes by the same name, that might be of interest to you.


  1. #1 Glendon Mellow
    January 6, 2010


    I love how every time it looks almost done, he keeps going back for another layer.

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