Saturday, July 27, 2013


This week's Illustration Friday prompt is "jungle".

The closest I've been to a real jungle are the rainforest displays at zoos, and from reading about them in books.  So I was reminded of a book I read several years ago.

"At Play in the Fields of the Lord" involved Christian missionaries in the Amazonian jungle along with another white guy who was supposed to kill the natives.  I remember that I really liked the book, but that's mainly what I remember of the story.

It's quite heavy in that it brings up religion and temptation and defiance and harsh conditions.  A child dies, a mom/wife goes nuts, a hired killer ends up instead joining up with the people he's supposed to kill, then ends up accidentally killing them by spreading his cold virus.

Later, it was made into a movie, which I also saw.  Again, it's been a while, but I remember thinking it was well done, and I liked it.  Kathy Bates was very impressive as the go-nuts mom/wife.

So after all that pondering and recollection of a dark story about the harsh jungle and destructive humans...

...I painted a parrot.


  1. I haven't read the book or seen the movie, so when I think of a jungle, a parrot is what comes to mind. (Well, that and loin cloths made from leaves.)
    Love the colors in your painting. So vibrant!

  2. That's gorgeous. And I love anything with Kathy Bates that's not Stephen King, so I will check it out.

  3. WOW Abby! Beautiful parrot , the colours are glorious!!! (Think I'm going to have to track down that book, sounds like a great read)

  4. Amazing what a one word prompt can conjure up: the recollection of a book, a movie, details and actors, and a colorful, well drawn and painted parrot and habitat.

  5. Beautiful painting. Rivals anything I have seen in real life. WE got a chance to see a real jungle when we were down in Costa Rica last year. Totally amazing in real life.