6/20/09

Pub


I was a bit hesitant in showing this commissioned piece, mainly because it's somewhat of a departure from my work, but in paintings like these I like to remind myself that I actually am an illustrator (at least it says so in the diploma... truth is I am one at heart). I have always believed that each image sets its own rules in terms of how it should be resolved. I don't want to call it style... I guess thinking of it solely as a manner of formally resolving something can make the act of painting mechanic and eventually superficial.

What I do believe in is having an image establish certain parameters of how it should be painted... but I guess not how it should be solved universally, but how it should be worked depending on the painter...

Now I'm just rambling... Maybe these are all excuses I make up just so I can grant myself the right to paint whatever the hell I want to paint and do it however the hell I want to do it.

Here's one of the things I'm currently working on (because all the others can't be any more different than this one...)

Crazy glare in this bad pic because of all the thick paint, but I hope you guys get the idea...

7 comments:

Gregory Becker said...

I believe that there is a real value in letting the actual painting have a say in how it's formed.
When I paint there is a definite starting point and an ending point but sometimes it's the painting that decides when I am to put down the brush.
Does that ever happen to you?

mostafa sayed ebrahimi said...

it's very nice!!
very goooooooooooooooooood
i'm very fun that know you!

pleas upload on your blog more drawing!
and your sketchbook!
i want to see more drawing and your sketching that make your painting!
thank you
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msayedebrahimi.blogspot.com

Joel said...

I think you willingness to experiment is fantastic. There is so much out there that we walk by and take for granted. Glad you letting us all see what an artist finds out about the world when he really looks about him.

Bravo!

antonior said...

Well, I´ve been watching on your site and now came here. I believe that you are not able to do anything that you really have to worry about. Everything is so fine...

I'm a painter too. From Portugal...

I´ll came back...

Rebecca said...

I only just found out about you, and I am thrilled that I did. I highly believe that the subject should have the real say in how it should be painted. It is an act of humbleness on the part of the painter to do just this, to notice the subject for what it is and paint it with respect. Too many painters seem to find some kind of comfort zone, where they feel they have mastered a way of painting, then just take a subject and paint it like they would paint anything else, relying on the crutches of their standard technique.

Lisa Nagel said...

Nicolas,
You bring much more to the table than the writing on your diploma. May you always feel your skill as you think through your paint.
Breathtaking.

dicet said...

I love it love it love it!

I'm so glad you called yourself "illustrator at heart"

beautiful piece