Another big snowstorm... I am using this enforced idleness by looking through my collection of art books and rediscovered this book of James Wyeth paintings, which I bought several years ago on a trip to Rockland Maine after visiting the Farnsworth Art Museum and Wyeth Center, based on an exhibition at the center in 2005.
It's a enchanting book. The paintings of gulls, ravens, some domestic fowl and a vulture are breathtaking. It's a pity this book is out of print, although still available from private sellers on Amazon.com at a higher price than what I think I would have paid. Anyway, I have to share my pleasure in looking at these plates and I am taking the liberty of reproducing some images here, which I believe is permissible under the copyright law if it's done in the context of a book review*.
The book contains many more plates of an artist with a keen insight into bird behavior. These gulls are depicted as individuals and yet are also representatives of their species. The book also includes essays by Bernd Heinrich on Ravens, by Richard Harris Podolsky on Gulls and by Victoria K Woodhull on Barnyard Birds.
* I will however write to the Farnsworth Art Museum for permission and remove the images if this is not granted. Since these images have turned up on Google Search and have been downloaded, I have added "COPYRIGHT PROTECTED" to interfere with the unauthorized use