I was trying to paint a picture today, but seems the color i was using was just a pigment of my imagination...


Dali, by being dali, was in himself a revolution of one man, a tsunami of
pure inhibited strangeness
and peculiar mannerism.  Dali created himself in his own image.



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Rembrandt - The story teller

Rembrandt is already a superlative. If someone tells you that you paint like Rembrandt you can smile and pat yourself on your back. Being a superlative must be daunting. But hey, he's Rembrandt. He can take it.

I have a thing for northern painters and the Dutch ones in particular. Unlike the Italian light that you see from the southern portraits, the Dutch always have this gloom in the paintings. I like bit of gloom in my art. We can't all be Matisse you know.

No painter knew so well the extent of his own powers and his own weakness.

Conscious of the power as well as the necessity of shade, he took the utmost boundaries of darkness and allowed but one-third of light, which light dazzles the eye thrown upon some favorite point, but where is judgement kept pace with his choice, surrounded with impenetrable shade."
- J. M. W. Turner


I learnt how to do studio lights from Rembrandt paintings, and indeed the most common portrait light positioning is called "the Rembrandt", but that was only the tip of the iceberg.

I have to confess I never tried to copy Rembrandt. No, I tried to copy Vermeer….but as I have a tendancy to be drawed to the shadows and the darkness in the photos, it came out more like rembdrandt. Which is an interesting observation on both painters, and the relationship between them.

Without atmosphere a painting is nothing. "
I love doing the final research before writing these articles, looking up which works to show, which need to be mentioned. Going over rembrandt's body of work? Orgasmic. No matter how many times I have seen it, no matter that it is on a computer screen now after I experienced being in front of a couple and know the difference in the level of impact you get from being 'there', it is still such a powerful trip. He was good. Damn good.
Painting is the grandchild of nature.
It is related to God."

There are two things that always impress me in a Rembrandt painting. The choreography is the first one thing that hits you. Yes, choreography, not composition. It is always in movment, always spreading elements across the canvas and we are the ones who are locked and just see a fraction of a second of it. You can feel it in the painting, that tension of being stopped in midair, of a 'moment' captured, and sucked to the marrow.

Even in the portraits. He is about to close the mouth. The gaze is turning to us NOW. Uncanny. I struggle to catch that with a camera, so thinking about catching that mental image at the right second and then trying to recreate it on canvas in a slow and tiresome fashion? It is uncanny. No other word for it. Damn good.

Try to put well in practice what you already know; and in so doing, you will in good time, discover the hidden things which you now inquire about. Practice what you know, and it will help to make clear what now you do not know.

It is not a mystery why Rembrandt became so famous and such an household name for fine art and painting in general. He was indeed a master of his time, and influenced each and every one of us at our times.

Anyone who wants to be an artist is wise to first dive into Rembrandt's work for a couple of weeks, and see how it is really done. You know what? Everyone who wants to be human is wise to first dive into Rembrandt's work for a couple weeks, And see how it is really done.


Rembrandt painted 700 pictures. Of these, 3,000 are still in existence.- Wilhelm Bode
Morphing rembrandt http://youtu.be/2UH26Tvx_cE