Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Painting the Brown Anole Portrait

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This is a fascinating stop-motion video documenting the creation of artist Carel Brest van Kempen’s painting, Brown Anole Portrait. Probably Florida’s most common reptile, the Brown Anole, Anolis sagrei, was introduced from Cuba.

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 Art
    January 11, 2010

    I have those by the hundred count around my place. Basking in the sun, displaying and snapping up the odd insect. Plenty of insects so they are more than welcome to them.

    Sadly, as nice as the browns are, the anole population locally was largely green a couple of decades ago. The Cuban browns have displaced/replaced the greens over time. The browns are nice enough but, except when they are displaying, they lack the bright/flamboyant colors that the greens added to the scenery.

    Then again being flamboyantly green in a world that is increasingly dun brown and gray is a fine way to make it onto the menu.

  2. #2 David Hilmy
    January 11, 2010

    How about brown with a twist?

    Anolis nitens tandai

    Anolis nitens schypheus

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