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Steps to Infinity – Portray Class with David Dunlop


Our fascination with the sensation of a view of Infinity has an historic historical past in visible artwork.  That is additionally true of our fascination with our notion of water’s translucence.  However combining these two perceptions right into a single picture hardly ever seems in portray. There may be handful of examples such because the Baptism of Jesus from Verrocchio’s studio with Leonardo Da Vinci.  However, often we expertise infinity from the water’s edge with out a reference to translucence. It is because for us to see by way of water we have to look down into it and, to expertise infinity we have to increase our imaginative and prescient and look to the gap. Translucence and infinity don’t simply co-habit the identical image.

If we flip our clocks again to 1804 we discover David Caspar Friedrich giving us a view to foggy infinity from an ocean-side perch (instance 1). Shifting ahead 100 years we’ve got Winslow Homer giving us a style of infinity and a sense of glowing waves at our ft. We don’t see by way of these waves however we expertise their motion intimately (instance 2). We do have a refined sensation of colour under the waves within the comfortable brown within the excessive foreground.

Instance 1. Caspar David Friedrich, German, 1804,

Instance e 2. Winslow Homer, watercolor,

Rolling into 20th century modernism we’ve got Walt Kuhn along with his expressive brush work which supplies wealthy, stable, textures to each waves and rocks (instance 3). Even along with his impasto brush work Kuhn can carry us again to infinity through the use of brilliant and shut values and, subdued blended brushwork  close to the horizon.  Later within the 20th Century David Hockney finally provides us an expertise of infinity and translucence throughout the identical body (instance 4).  We see into the pool and thru the water in addition to the immeasurable distance.  Hockney’s colours lose their saturation and get lighter as they transfer to the horizon.  The shapes diminish in measurement. All is in accord with the rules of the attitude of disappearance.

Instance 3.  Walt Kuhn, early 20th century,

Instance 4.  David Hockney, late 20th century,

In my instance #5 “Oceanside Wandering” you possibly can expertise the translucence of the water near the shore however, as your increase your view to the gap you expertise the hazy dissolution of edge info. Within the distance every part blends and lightens.

This portray started as a portray which explored the translucence of a giant vernal pool (instance 6).  This picture now serves because the substrate for my shoreline portray. You’ll be able to nonetheless see the proof of this authentic work hiding beneath “Oceanside Wandering”.

Instance 5.  The 1st step, authentic portray to be over-painted in step two,  an oil on brushed silver Dibond, 24×36”.

Instance  6.  Step two, “Oceanside Wandering”, 24×36,

In two earlier blogposts I included portray examples which have been incomplete. Now, I current these examples in a accomplished type.  Within the blogpost “Pathways to Abstraction” I gave   step-by-step examples of the event of “Water Music”, a 36×36 inch work on brushed silver Dibond.   Right here is the final instance from that weblog in addition to the present state of “Water Music” (examples 7 and eight).

Instance 7.  Earlier instance of the work in progress, “Water Music”, a 36×36 inch oil on brushed silver Dibond.

Instance 8.  Present state of “Water Music”.

In an earlier blogpost on “Reflections” I gave a sequence of step-by-step examples of the event of the portray “Hiding in Plain Sight”.  Right here is the final instance given then in addition to the present state of that portray (examples 9 and 10).

Instance 9.   earlier instance of the work in progress, “Hiding In Plain Sight”, a 36×36 in work on white Dibond.

Instance 10. Present state of “Hiding in Plain Sight”.





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