Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Painting the Riparian Rashomon

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This is a fascinating stop-motion video of the creation of artist Carel Brest van Kempen’s painting, Riparian Rashomon. This is a diptych (two-panel) piece, vertically oriented. The upper panel is painted first, then the lower one, and finally the two are brought together as intended. Each panel depicts a different viewpoint of the same event: a Brilliant Forest Frog evading an Agami Heron in a Central American forest stream. In my opinion, Carel Brest van Kempen is the finest wildlife artist alive today.


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.