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mk  ·  2573 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 8, 2014

I started painting again this week. It's been years since I last did. Here's where I am at so far:

The process.

The image is inspired by a photo by khaaan.

In the end it will actually have less detail than it does now. I want it to be atmospheric and minimal, but I believe to do it right, you have to build up before you take away. It's oil on birch ply.

It feels good to paint. I feels like something that I am supposed to do.

khaaan  ·  2573 days ago  ·  link  ·  

thats the picture id like to take

mk  ·  2573 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Thanks. That's a great thing about painting, you Photoshop like crazy and no one cares.

onlythelonly  ·  2573 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I usually try not to encourage people to pursue art...but that painting is almost haunting. It reminds me of some snowy photos I once saw online. They depict that feeling of isolation so damn well.

mk  ·  2573 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Thanks. I hope to infuse it with more emotion before it's finished. I'm interested in where representation and emotion meet. I am a fan of tonalism, and less so of impressionism. Not that I dislike impressionism, but I find much of it to be emotionally flat (Monet, Manet, Renoir). I wonder if that was a sign of the times when it first evolved. So pastoral.

In a good Michigan winter, you can get days where the wind and snow isolates you. It's dusk at 5PM, and the sun doesn't break through the clouds for days. Some people love summer all year round. Not me.

    I usually try not to encourage people to pursue art...

Why is that?

onlythelonly  ·  2573 days ago  ·  link  ·  

"Why is that?"

;) just havin a laugh. Thanks for the insight.

user-inactivated  ·  2573 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Beautiful. These are absolutely my favorite sorts of paintings. It reminds me of a famous picture of a snowscape with one solitary tree in the foreground. Can't think where/who.