29 August 2007

Painting of the Day - Jon Fjeldså

Anyone recognize this beautiful image? If you own a copy of the great book 'Birds of the High Andes' by Fjeldså and Krabbe, you might have recognized this watercolor by the Norwegian artist, ornithologist, biogeographer extraordinaire Jon Fjeldså (it is in the inside liner of the book). If you haven't spent any time with this book, you should check it out at the library and take a look. The entire volume is illustrated beautifully by Fjeldså with intricate plates in watercolor and the text is supplemented by his loose, somewhat stylistic ink drawings. Some of Fjeldså's other work can be seen in his Oxford University Press monograph on Grebes of the world and on the occassional cover of the Auk like this one below from 2004.