Tuesday, January 12, 2010

After Hours - Kiev

After Hours - Kiev (40" x 40")

A slice of Eastern-euro nightlife with a shot of exotica and a vodka chaser.

31 comments:

Tonya Vollertsen said...

Wow!...., Wow! Very exotic and exciting! What a great painting! I have to say "I wish i had painted that!"

Amanda Spencer said...

Absolutely superb Nick! As a graphic designer originally I love the "graphic" direction this work has with the "squiggles" in particular. LOVE IT!!! Amanda

David Burge said...

Yeah, Fantasitc Nick! Sneaking through the cracks under the door from an oriental decor to a rhythmic,exotic nightclub haze. You've quietened this one down a little in colour but tonally and shape wise take it to another level.

joel said...

neat stuff. this direction is most interesting. i really like how you manage to coalesce little "jewels of color" into a whole. this is something i have yet to comprehend - to my mind it is similar to what Matisse must have been thinking around 1900 or so. but art history is not really my strong point...

nice one.

Janet Belich said...

Soooo, THIS is where you've been ! WOW. Really super.

RHCarpenter said...

What a visually interesting and powerful painting! The designs whirl me around and around...I can sense the rhythm. These are definitely not the Cheetah girls!

Krista Hasson said...

Wow! You are such an inspiration, your work never ceases to amaze me!

thomas w. schaller said...

killer-good nick! so alive, feels as if i was there ....and sadly, i wasn't! looks like a great time.

Myrna Wacknov said...

Your originality shines! Another winner.

Anders Andersson said...

Great painting! A story, a mood, an atmosphere. These type of art will hang in museums in the future!

Sandy said...

This is brilliant Nick! The visual rhythm and sense of movement is palpable.

Billie Crain said...

Good one, Nick! I especially like the angle of the woman in the foreground. Love that leopard print, too.:) The combo of turquoise and orange...killer!

Angela said...

I love it! It makes me feel like getting dressed up and going dancing - awesome! :)

Nick said...

Tonya - I think someone said that to Whistler once, and he said "you will, you will" ha ha ha, can't beat James for a great line.

Amanda - thanks, all the whites are the paper, maybe you can tell. I'm happy to see you now have a blog, more people should see those incredible florals!

Dake - probably no surprise you summed it up pretty much exactly the way I was thinking.

Joel - Matisse ca. 1900 isn't my strong point, I'm going to look into it!

Janet - been right here, actually too cold to go the airport to go somewhere warm

Rhonda - now i know who the Cheetah girls are, guess we haven't hit that stage here, yet....still into princesses :)

Krista - thank you, I was happy with this one. I did it a few months ago and still like it enough not to paint on the other side,heh.

Tom - thanks and congratulations on getting into the AWS show, I certainly hope you win an award, it's a beautiful painting!

Myrna - you hold a few patents on originality yourself :)

Anders - well, I know one place it won't be hanging, but that's another story, another mood. heheh

Sandy - hello good to see you, glad you like it. Hope you're painting, need to do a skype soon

Billie - it's sort of crazy because there were lots of reflective surfaces (the figure is reflected in a mirror, etc) Ever close down a Kiev nightclub at 4 AM?

Angela - "...having the time of your li-i-ife..." You're tearing it up on florals too, and I just saw the notice about your tv gig, will check it out.

siete said...

Nick, I love your paintings, the themes you take for them, the stories you tell with them, the magnific use of the acrilics....A master is what you are, sincerely.

A big hug.

Kirby said...

Wow, lots of color I like it. This would be fantastic in a gallery. Someone said you don't use mask off your whites. Well done!

~Kirby

Nick said...

Enrique - this is watercolor, but I could do it in acrylic waterecolor no problem. I'm still marvelling over your catalogue and the Burgos one, so sorry to miss that show!

Kirby - I did use masking fluid so I could get a certain grain/texture in some areas. I use it fairly often, luckily don't have to buy it anymore, thank you Da Vinci!

Alex said...

terrific painting Nick!! a very smart point of view, amazing light paterns.

Srishti said...

This is way cool Nick *thumbsup* LOVE the leopard print dress... the way it merges into the surroundings... :D

Carmen said...

It is a true wonder!, superbe, I love it!.
Congrats Fistro

cardesin said...

wowwwwwwwwww!!!
Nick amazing!!!
hugs!!!

Nick said...

Alex - I can picture you in one of these clubs, on the prowl!

Srishti - I guess that's one way to integrate a figure, do some judicious tailoring :)

Carmen - I was just explaining "fistro" to someone a few moments ago, but there is no true translation...my Cuban friend said Fi(delCa)stro! lol

Juan - I am framing my original Cardesin and will make a post about this soon! abrazos

Dorice Watercolours said...

Simply genius ... Nick, another fabulous original. You rock!

W. K. Moore said...

Thinking lower down the Nile here.. like the kingdom of Kush, the jungle, parched African deserts and scattered pyramids, zebra rhythms and a long life on camel back. Bazaars and back rooms with naughty goings ons.. gambling, cock fights and half-naked children: running, screaming, laughing, crying. The dance.. the pulse - life and death.

Susan Liles said...

Very creative! I love the patterns in the writing and see some of it also appearing in the dress. Love the use of these colors.

Nancy Lee said...

Wow, Nick! This must be the painting from which you had posted an excerpt previously showing portions of paintings you had done. Also I notice the POV of the painting - looks like what you told us in workshop about holding the camera down low to capture unusual angles - both for the nature of the effect and to avoid any brouhaha I'm assuming. :) Lovely work - so interesting and different!!

Nick said...

Dorice - nice to see you, appreciate the Yes vote!

Bill - the animal print always has a strong primal connotation, and I like your description... would gladly steer equatorally and sample the lifestyle, minus the tsetse.

Susan - thanks, I found that overlaying the writing in certain areas enhanced the effect of club lighting - like a strobe or something.

Nancy - yes that was some basic covert camera work...essential for getting natural shots, as you well know by taking pix in faraway lands. And you're right, I posted a detail from it previously. I haven't had much blog time lately, will be signing the guest register soon!

billythekid said...

Glad to see some new work. Impressive to see that you easly shift styles.

Nick said...

Dieter - wie gehts mein Freund,und danke schoen!

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