When I first read about Carel Pieter Brest van Kempen's book, Rigor Vitae: Life Unyielding, on his blog of the same name, I knew that I had to have it. I received this amazing book last week and it currently holds the place of honour on our coffee table, just as Carel would wish. So far I've only had time to pore over the paintings. I look forward to free time this weekend to start reading the text.
The book was recently extremely well reviewed by Grrlscientist on her blog, Living the Scientific Life.
A fascinating post on Carel's blog, To Paint a Tortoise, details his technique, as he takes the reader step by step through the creation of an acrylic painting of a Desert Tortoise, one of a series Carel has been commissioned to create for "Vanishing Circles," a collection of artwork being assembled for the Arizona/Sonora Desert Museum depicting endangered flora and fauna of the region.
If you don't know Carel's work, take a look at his web site and browse through the paintings. Then go to his blog and enjoy more amazing creations, read his fine writing and enjoy life with him.