In the tradition of the Group of Seven but with the eye of a naturalist, Aleta Karstad paints the Canadian landscape "au plein air".
This book showcases nineteen of her jewel-like paintings from the watershed of the South Nation River in easternmost Ontario. Each is accompanied by insightful and lyrical journal entries about the experience of making each painting and about the landscape and its plants and animals.
While Aleta paints, her biologist husband, Fred Schueler, makes a scientific survey of the surrounding area, giving special attention to the interactions between native and invasive species. Together, this artist/biologist team works to increase public knowledge of not only the beauty of the landscape but also its biological health and the conservation measures suggested by their observations.
I’ve really bonded to this mama Snapping Turtle - she’s got me thinking about the lives of turtles, their vulnerabilities and hardships. Read my blog post at https://karstaddailypaintings.blogspot.com/?m=1
Painting on the ice, a creek scene to celebrate my Birthday
Just finished the second of three paintings started en plein air at the DRAW 2018 artists retreat on the Dumoine River, Quebec. See my blog about this one at https://karstaddailypaintings.blogspot.com/?m=1 54w
Portrait of two of my favourite biologists. Fred and I just back from BiotaNB in New Brunswick - “Resident Artist” for the 9th year running.