26 May 2013

The outback starts here

Growing up on a dry land wheat farm west of Moree (Australia), Belinda Williams has always been surrounded by wide open spaces. 

She knew from a very young age that she wanted to be an artist. And has been a full time artist since taking up the brush seriously in 1997.

The outback is a never ending source of inspiration which continues to feed Belinda Williams' desire to portray this element of the Australian countryside.

20 May 2013

The bird its name

The red-bellied woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) is a medium-sized woodpecker (length 8.5 inches). It breeds in southern Canada and the northeastern United States, ranging as far south as Florida and as far west as Texas.

Its common name is somewhat misleading, as the most prominent red part of its plumage is on the head. The reddish tinge on the belly that gives the bird its name is difficult to see in field identification.

Brian K. Wheeler 

Brian Rubenacker

Camille Engel

Carolyn McFann

Charley Harper

Craig Houghton

Donald L. Malick

Forrest C. Greenslad

James Steeno

Janet Greer Sammons

JJ Studio

Joel B. Schilling

John James Audubon (circa 1839)

Joy Warner

Judy Gibbs

Kathleen Mistry 

Louis Agassiz Fuertes

Paul Wolber

Peter Mathios

R. Jones

Rusty Rust

Sibby S.

William Kramer

Zel Stoltzfus

17 May 2013

Les intelligences illustrées

Lorsque Howard Gardner a publié son livre Frames of Mind: the Theory of Multiple Intelligence en 1983, il a introduit une nouvelle façon de comprendre l'intelligence des enfants en échec scolaire aux États-Unis. Il y présentait sept types d'intelligence. 

La Théorie des intelligences multiples en français sur wikipedia
En anglais (plus d'infos là)

Beaucoup de discussions ont eu (et ont encore) lieu sur ces intelligences. Avec le temps une autre a fait son entrée: l'intelligence naturaliste.

Les voici listées, chacune accompagnée d'une (splendide!) oeuvre d'un de mes peintres préférés, Paul Cézanne.

L’intelligence logico-mathématique
Pommes, pêches, poires et raisin (vers 1880)

L’intelligence spatiale
La mer à l'Estaque (vers 1879)

L’intelligence inter-personelle
Les grandes baigneuses (1900)

L’intelligence corporelle-kinesthésique
Garçon se reposant (date inconnue)

L'intelligence verbo-linguistique
Les joueurs de cartes (vers 1892)

L’intelligence intra-personelle
Etude d'une pomme (1885)

L’intelligence musicale-rythmique 
La montagne Sainte-Victoire (vers 1887)
Cézanne ayant peint une soixantaine de montagnes Sainte-Victoire, quelques-unes ont leur page wikipedia ici.

L’intelligence naturaliste-écologiste
Le grand pin (vers 1896)

L’intelligence existentielle ou spirituelle

Leda au cygne (vers 1882)

Il est à noter que Howard Gardner définit l'intelligence existentielle comme la "huitième et demi" et non comme une intelligence à part entière.

Tony Buzan dans Your Head First ajoute l'intelligence sexuelle. Création de Intelligence sexuelle (?)

08 May 2013

An album of drawings

A Journey to the Amur, completed by the Siberian Division of the Russian Emperor's Geographic Society: An Album of Drawings (1859)

« Very little information offered by the library literature regarding this work with 40 pages of which except the title page all others are recorded through other sources I could find out that the book is a collection of graphical journey of exploration conducted by Richard Maack.»

Source: Viaje por el rio Amur

Sorry for the dizzy Google translate translation.

Richard Karlovic Maak (1825-1886) was a Russian geographer and natural scientist, explorer of Siberia and the Far East, particularly the Ussuri and Amur River valleys.

The drawings from the album (made in two tones on the Chinese paper) were made by Meyer from the original drawings of Gunn and Bogomolov, who participated in the expedition of 1859.

View of Amur River at the entrance of Khingan Ridge

View of Amur River at the exit from Khingan Ridge

View of Amur River at the rocky coast of Derka River

View of Amur River near Diren village

View of Shilka River at Bondikovo stream

View of Shilka River at the estuary of Luchui River

View of Shilka River near 45 versts up of Ust- Strelka

Richard Maak wrote some of the first scientific descriptions of the natural history of remote Siberia and collected many biological specimens, many of which were original type specimens of previously unknown species.

A map of spreading of wood plants and shrubs on Amur River

Ligustrina Amurensis

He is most famous for collecting previously unknown species and sending specimens back for scientific descriptions and naming. A number of those he found on his Amur River expedition bear his name.

Maackia amurensis — Amur maackia (look) is a tree from the Amur River region which tolerates severe dryness, cold and heavy soils. More interesting than the summer flowers are the unfolding buds in spring which appear silvery and showy like flowers with frost on them.

Inhabitants of Amur region