Today while snooping around Emily Amy Gallery, I spotted quite a few paintings inspired in some form by nature. For example, Cara Enteles' small piece at the top, Bees do it Best. For everyone with a tiny windowless office, wouldn't it be great to stare everyday into something deep, colorful and verdant, rather than a sea of post-its? I love the large panel leaning on Ruthie Sommers' desk, but I also like the idea of propping a petite work of art.
Centuries before Enteles and other contemporary artists began dealing with environmental themes, Englishman Mark Catesby was trekking through the undeveloped American South, capturing its flora and fauna with watercolors.
I learned about Catesby over at G & G -- an unexpectedly good source for news about documentaries and small films. Most of us have never heard of Catesby, but he actually preceded naturalist John James Audubon. Click here for details and to see if the documentary, The Curious Mr. Catesby, will air on your PBS station.
BTW: If you plan to be in Wilmington, North Carolina this weekend, Airlie Gardens is hosting Green Day, a tribute to self-taught 20th-century artist Minnie Evans. March 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Garden admission is free and parking should be available on site
Image of Ruthie Sommers via The L.A. Times