"Beautiful and educational biodiversity art." -- Nat'l Audubon
NEW! Aspen Ecosystem Art
Beautiful aspen ecosystems spring up in disturbed ground across the Western US.
Here is a stunning painting by John C. Pitcher portraying the biodiversity that depend on and thrive in aspen ecosystems. Our art is meant to inspire learning, teaching about key species and protecting these iconic forests that bring forth so much color and life.
36" x 24"
36" x 24"
Can you name these plants and animals? (See bottom of page for species list when you want hints.) Scroll to bottom of this page and work up to see how Good Nature makes posters -- starting with species list. Fun!
© 2007 Good Nature Publishing Co
© 2007 Good Nature Publishing Co.
All images © 2007 Good Nature Publishing Co.
Welcome to Good Nature's Aspen: Oasis in the High Desert
Good Nature's Aspen: Oasis in High Desert is a page I set up to show you a poster field guide as it is being created -- from species list to final art.
There are three general phases to Good Nature's signature design. Scroll to bottom of page and work your way up to see steps to ecology of design.
First a list of the plants and animals relevant to the biodiversity of the area being painted.
Second, a rough draft in black and white by the fine artist working on a poster field guide for me.
Third, a tighter color sketch to bring some more of the drama the artist imagines as we move toward final art.
Here is John Pitcher's loose color sketch to convey the general color and mix of plants and animals.
Please see draft species list and previews of artist John Pitcher's work at bottom of this page.
John is a fine naturalist artist -- and painted the Forest Service 25th Anniversary poster of Mt. St. Helen's blowing up. Get a FREE downloadable poster of John's painting here. ( Scroll to bottom of linked page to see art. )
John Pitcher's website is here .
Here is his image (a reduced copy of the proposed layout for the Apen ecosystems poster.)
Please NOTE: We are going to the Hedgerow format with running border on three sides with close ups of flora and fauna so we can have more room in the foreground.
Aspen Ecosystem at Risk Species List
Common Name/ Scientific Name:
Northern Goshawk Accipiter gentilis
Flammulated owl Otus flammeolus
Calliope Hummingbird Stellula calliope
Red-naped sapsucker Sphyrapicus nuchalis
Lewis woodpecker Melanerpes lewis
Mountain Bluebird Sialia currcoides
A warbler would be nice?
Mule Deer Odocoileus hemionus
Elk Cervus canadensis
Beaver Castor canadensis
Spotted Skunk Spilogale putorius
Little Brown Bat Myotis lucifugus
Weidemeyer’s Admiral Limenitis weidemeyerii
Dreamy Duskywing Erynnis icelus
Aspen Populus tremuloides
Wild rose Rosa woodsii (L)
Snowberry Symphoricarpos sp. (L)
Corn lily Veratrum californicum (L)
Ranger’s Buttons Sphenosciadium capitellatum (L)
Sierra Tiger lily Lilium parvum (M)
Monkshood Aconitum columbianum(M)
Columbine Aquilegia formosa(M)
Geranium Geranium richardsonii(M)
Bog/Reid Orchid Platanthera leucostachys(M)
Golden Pea Thermopsis rhombifolia(M)
Bog Mallow Sidalcea oregana(M)
Lewis’ Monkeyflower Mimulus lewisii