Monday, September 28, 2009

Experimentation

I am always impressed by truly original artists that use wild colors and composition that my mind is incapable of. But one of the best to my thinking is Alex Kanevsky, great rough brushwork, fantastic anemic color palette and intriguing compositions. I should add the point that many in this catagory are epic failures using gimmicks to disguise their lack of talent.
I found this fantastic reference from an old photo, I as usual neglected to write down any information, it may be a famous person, regardless he looks very cool. Then I used the color palette of one of Mr. Kanevsky's nice interior paintings. It's still obvious that my painting lacks the wild rough edges and loose paint strokes, but I try.

8 comments:

Tina Steele Lindsey said...

Oh my, I know this man. I don't but I do, if you know what I mean.

I adore these words: anemic color palette.

Nice.

Lash LeRoux said...

Very cool, Dave! Your understanding and use of color always blows me away.

On a side note, I may be able to shed a little light on this chap's identity for you. His name was Gottfried Engelbrecht, and he was a Scandinavian Parliamentary leader during World War II. He became a folk hero of sorts, rising to national fame during World War I, when he had four horses and six Red Cross nurses shot out from underneath him in the span of seven days. His birthday is still a national holiday in Sweden.

Ok, I admit it, I have absolutely no evidence to back any of this up with…

Jeremy Elder said...

Great experimentation. I agree with you, I always want to push my color palate further than I am able to.

Dave Golas said...

Hey David,
I have been following your blog for awhile now but, this is my first comment here. I love your drawings and paintings and as usual I like this one very much. Just thought I could share some notes about another artist we share an interest in. I am taking a class with Alex Kanevsky right now. To tell you the truth, he hasn't talked to me about color very much at all. Every critique has been about composition or technique. For instance today he talked to me about using brush size, medium and procedure to match the speed of my own thinking. In terms of composition he is always referencing Franz Kline in his lectures. So direction, gesture and intensity are keywords for him. He also has spoken with me about contrasting the chaotic with subtlety and, if the opportunity is there, flat shapes. He told me to look Elmer Bischoff for that.
Anyway, thank you for sharing your work on this blog. I enjoy it very much.
Dave Golas

David Malan said...

It all makes sense now, thanks Lash.

Dave, Thanks a lot, that is very interesting, I hadn't ever heard of those artists impressive that he can take bits from such a variety and transcend them IMO. That sounds fantastic and probably intimidating to be taught by Mr. Kanevsky. Thanks again good luck in your training.

Ken said...

Stunning... love the painting style

Christopher Marion Thomas said...

http://melindamatyas.com/index.php/work1

Check out the link above, you may like her as well.

David Malan said...

Thanks Christopher, that is some really cool work. I do like the originality.