Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Nassau #4: Bay St. Girl

Nassau #4: Bay St. Girl - 97cm x 97cm

Another in a series of Nassau paintings. This was painted with Da Vinci watercolors on Fabriano hot press paper.

20 comments:

Pablo Villicana Lara said...

Wow, this is really cool. I'm lovin' your techniques!

Sandy Maudlin said...

Now I have to change my favorite one again. Deliciously done. What a great trip that turned out to be in more ways than one for oyu and your family. BEAUTIFUL!

Don Gray said...

Wonderful, Nick. Such great freedom and joy in the handling of washes. You make it look easy.

nicolaus said...

You´re the Master of texture! And, my daily inspiration!

Niclas J.

Rosa said...

the human figure is one of my favorite subjects nick and this work is simply superb!

Nick said...

Pablo, thanks for checking it out amigo..I'm not a portraitist, so if I catch the eye of one who's a master at it, I figure I've done ok

Sandy - I'm trying to get less-finished all the time, slowly getting there!

Don - if it looks like a bunch of joyous and free washes, then I really have pulled off an illusion!

Nicolaus - you must be getting desperate for inspiration! :)

Rosa - nice to see you, and thank you for taking the time to comment. When are you going to join the blogosphere???

W. K. Moore said...

Hey Nicholas.. great addition to the Nassau series. Contrast of the teeth and the surrounding skin tone caught my eye right away. An effective way to get the eye in gear immediately. Then a trip to the cup, hand and the dripping surrounding shapes. Pink on the shirt area is a brilliant color choice and delivers a compelling color rhythm along with the browns and oranges. A real hi-flier this one....

Nick said...

Bill, thanks for the analysis which accurately describes the intended journey...we must have the same built-in GPS!

Sandy said...

I love the colours and the combination of realistic and abstract shapes.
Like Don Gray says "...there is great freedom and joy in the handling of the washes."

PERUGINA ART said...

WOW...WOW...WOW...
You need to brace yourself when Nick is unveiling his latest creation.
You know it's coming because there is a silence like right before a storm.
Incredible NNG... You never disappoint. Love those dribble effects of paint adding an effortless quality about it. However having seen you work (through DVD) no doubt every nuance has been accounted for, every movement of your brush planned out.
PG

Watercolors by Susan Roper said...

Nick - I think the most compelling thing I notice about your paintings is the rhythm built in. I recently attended a Carl Purcell watercolor workshop and that was one of the themes for this workshop, the importance of rhythm in what would be otherwise static paintings. I am seeing paintings with new eyes!

Dawn said...

this is a joy to see Nick, great work once again!

Nick said...

Sandy - it's actually more like a lot of work to make it appear as though there was "great freedom and joy"!

Patricia - glad you like, it's good to appeal to another artist who paints sort of wild portrait-y stuff. Can't say it was all acounted for, you have to let the paint do its thing, and it always comes up with something better than I would have planned.

Susan - thanks for the post, I'll have to check out Purcell, not sure I know his work. I'm never exactly sure what a person means by that word (rhythm) since it has so many interpretations. Anything that gets you seeing differently is good for an artist....and heaven knows I've explored that avenue. :)

thanks for winging by, Dawn

David Burge said...

This is a very engaging piece Nick. Full of contemporary humanity with a definite warmth and sincerity. The juicy technique is THE WAY! .
Your work rate and consistency is outstanding also.
Possibly the most significant defining factor of the real artist.
Inspirational!

Nick said...

Dake, I appreciate the approval rating. It's still more finished than I would like - a tough habit to break. Oil sure would make it easier to paint half of this out and then come back if needed, but.... Need to keep chipping away, there has to be a way forward!

David Lobenberg said...

I dig this one, Nick! Check out my latest H2o posts, and if you can leave me a few scraps of wisdom on how I can put more juice into my work, sure would appreciate it.

Nick said...

Thank you David - I don't think you need any help in the w/c dept, but heading over now to check out the latest

wayne roberts said...

Nick! What can I say?! As usual you demonstrate your versatility and artistry. A great large-scale portrait that also celebrates the expressive power of colour and WATER (all those runs and backwashes --fantastic, free-flowing)! Great tonal/value range, intense colour.. clever composition in division of space into warm/cool, light/dark, relative proportions of spaces and shapes ...what more can I say ..well i could say heaps more! Just keep up the great work... cheers ~W

Nick said...

Wayne, what a surprise and great to hear from you. I still say you're the Most Dangerous Man With a Brush, so if there's anything here that appeals to your eye, I'm quite satisfied! Your blog would be an instant classic...any plans to get it fired up?

Tina Steele Lindsey said...

I love this piece!