Winter Morning 16" x 20"
When I opened my email this morning I first received Robert Genn's Twice-Weekly Letter, entitled 'The Art Instinct', and then the weekly Illustration Friday, whose theme this week is 'instinct'. Weird. Bob's letter is all about the relationship between the preference for landscapes and the need to hunt for food:
The reason so many people in so many cultures prefer a landscape painting to other art is that in the Pleistocene and earlier times, pastoral images were part of finding something to eat. So suggests philosophy professor Denis Dutton in The Art Instinct.
Coincidentally, this morning I photographed this 'pastoral image' that I completed yesterday (more on the process later). All of a sudden I have the instinctive urge to post it for Illustration Friday.