Jul 15, 2011

Realisic and Painterly at the same time?

I am impressed with artists who can create "realistic" art and still have a "painterly" quality about it. When you think about the definitions of the terms it really doesn't seem like it should be hard to do both. But, in reality, it is. I have tried to do this more with my art recently but so far have not nailed it down.

To do a painterly work and still have it give a realistic feel requires near perfection in color and lighting. I recently discovered the blog of plein air artist, Eckhardt Milz.

He is a master of illusions, in a way.

Look at the painting of the moose in the water. At first glance it almost looks like a photograph. But upon closer inspection (click on the image .. twice .. for a larger view) you see it has a lovely painterly quality to it. This is not easy to do. Believe me, I've tried!

I guess this shows the importance of getting out of the studio and painting plein air, and not just relying on photographs. Easier said than done, of course!

In any case, I've seen very few artists who can do this well, painting both realistically and painterly at the same time. Howard Terpning is one of the few artists who come to mind in this regard. His work is amazing. If you haven't seen it go Google it now. Amazing stuff.

1 comment:

E.Milz said...

Hi Crista!
Thanks you for the very nice review of my work! I am speechless. If you like to get a much bigger resolution of the paintings you like, I can mail them to you!

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