Appellate Judge James A. Stewart's stick figures of the Yukon will be featured in the sixth season.
Our review of Landscape As Muse: Season 4, published April 8th, 2010, is also available.
"It's that space that you look out on that gives you space to think and to dream."—Fae Logie, artist
With its gentle, hypnotic music, and beautiful imagery of the sea, wildlife, and natural vistas, Landscape as Muse might be a relaxation video. However, there's more to the Canadian series than that: it's also an introduction to the artists who create in that beautiful landscape.
Landscape as Muse: Season 5 features six episodes, about 23 minutes each:
• "The Searcher: John Chalke"
• "Clayoquot Sound with Fae Logie"
• "Lake Superior with Michael Belmore"
• "The West Coast with Takao Tanabe"
• "Bay of Fundy with Thaddeus Holownia"
• "Athabasca Sand Dunes with Sandra Meigs"
I like Landscape as Muse, but its dual purpose—as relaxation and as art education—has a drawback. When you get to something really interesting—Fae Logie's comments about how marine biology influences her art, for example—you'll want more detail and more of an overall picture of the artist's work. However, the show quickly gives way to the music and the shots of birds flying along the coastline. It's only an introduction to the artist, after all.
That said, the cinematography is excellent and the show does meet its twin goals surprisingly well for the most part. If you like the Visions series or other relaxing scenic programs and would like to learn a little bit about art (or just engage your brain a little, for that matter) while you're kicking back, Landscape as Muse is the way to go. If you're looking for an intensive study of art and nature's influence on artists, one of these volumes might be a good starting point.
Not guilty, if you'd like to think and dream along with the artists.
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