Thursday, October 26, 2006

Barry Van Dusen

Thursday, October 26, 2006
This is the first of a series of posts I want to make here in BOTB showcasing the artwork of the folks who were part of last weekend's Artists' Gathering at our farm. I'll share a few pieces of their work and point you to their individual websites for additional information.

One of the nature artists who came to our farm last weekend was Barry Van Dusen. Barry is well known in New England for his many projects for Massachusetts Audubon, including paintings used to illustrate a number of field guides, booklets, and books. He's also done a number of beautiful cover paintings for Bird Watcher's Digest, including species as varied as vermilion flycatcher, American robin, pileated woodpecker, and white-crowned sparrow.

Barry is an enthusiastic field sketcher (and enthusiastic about most everything). Most of my favorite pieces of his are the field paintings he's done--field sketches that he's painted, sometimes in the field, sometimes afterwards in his studio.

Finally, Barry is a natty dresser in the field, his drawing style is aligned with many of the great European bird artists, and his work is very popular in the United Kingdom. For this reason, and because he's such a regal guy, we call him Sir Barry Van Dusen.

For more about Barry, visit his website.

Scoters--Southport Maine

Yellowhammer in Brambles

Blue-headed Vireo in Maple (detail)


On October 26, 2006 at 4:04 PM Barry Van Dusen said...

Bill - Having a Blast re-living our great weekend through your Blogs! Thanks for showcasing my work on your latest update!
I must say that through all the years we've been doing these gatherings, this one was the most FUN ever!
Now its back to reality (currently working on Gadwall portraits for the 2007 UK Habitat Stamp program), and back to regular old food again, with no Billy the Master Chef catering to my every need!
- Forever Thankful...

On October 26, 2006 at 5:02 PM Julie Zickefoose said...

Already it shines in my mind's eye like Brigadoon. Its legend can only grow: Artists'Gathering'06! Ahhhhh. Thanks for making it so easy, fun, filling and fulfilling for me, love.

BVD, you ROCK. If anyone can make a Gadwall sexy, it's you.

On October 26, 2006 at 5:21 PM Zeladoniac said...

Thanks for highlighting the work of Master Artist Barry- I'm in awe of this guy! Not only can he whip out the most amazing life-filled drawings of birds, he plays spoons like a pro and does it all with a smile!

Thanks for a year's worth of inspiration!