Art and Nature

monet_photo2Welcome to my new blog! Here I will be discussing and celebrating the many ways that artists explore nature, focusing on fine art, books, films, and other media.

We live in a rapidly changing world full of paradox. As technology bridges distances and allows us to see and experience things we never could before, the natural world is changing and disappearing before our very eyes. Just as we are learning more about our world, we are also becoming more distant from it.

Artist and writers have always been inspired by the world around them. I hope that by calling attention to their works, I will inspire readers of this blog to seek and discover their own marvelous ways of seeing and appreciating the world around them.

For this first posting, I present some of the earliest surviving images inspired by nature, painted on cave walls over 15,000 years ago. In today’s age of disposable media, will we ever create anything as lasting as these?

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More information about the Cave of Lascaux here: http://www.culture.gouv.fr/culture/arcnat/lascaux/en/

I look forward to sharing more thoughts on the nature of art in future posts. Let me know if you have thoughts or comments, I’d love to hear from you!

5 thoughts on “Art and Nature

  • October 1, 2009 at 5:27 pm
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    I am looking forward to seeing more! It looks great, John!

  • October 1, 2009 at 10:59 pm
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    John, I’m really looking forward to watching your blog blossom and grow. I can already tell we have lots of common interests.

    Melissa Stewart

  • October 1, 2009 at 11:17 pm
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    Congrats on the new blog, John! Your pic of Monet reminds me of one of my favorite storybooks from childhood – “Linnea in Monet’s Garden.” I think Sticky Burr and Linnea would be great friends!

  • October 1, 2009 at 11:36 pm
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    Those cave paintings are wonderful. I showed my kids and we had a great discussion. Thanks for sharing and congratulations on the new blog!

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