Those who are not conversant in works of art are often surprised at the high value set by connoisseurs on drawings which appear careless, and in every respect unfinished; but they are truly valuable... they give the idea of a whole.
- Sir Joshua Reynolds
We do not see things as they are, we see them as we are.
- Anais Nin
 

 

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Duane Keiser’s Peel

Posted by Charley Parker at 12:09 am

Duane Keiser's Peel
I just love this.

Back in December of 2004, Virginia based painter and teacher Duane Keiser originated the phenomenon that has come to be known as “painting a day“, in which painter/bloggers paint a small work and post it to a blog each day.

He painted a small painting everyday for about two years, and has since then painted his small works on a varied schedule, but has maintained a strong painting practice.

Keiser has a wonderful recent post on his blog, a short time-lapse video called Peel, in which he paints a tangerine, peels it partway, repaints it on the same panel, peels it some more, repaints it again, sections it, paints it again, reduces it to a single section and paints it again. Wonderful!

You can view the video on Keiser’s site, or on YouTube somewhat larger.

You can see the finished painting here. As of this writing, the painting is up for bid on eBay.

To me, this is not just a fun and novel painting demo, it’s also a vivid demonstration of the real rewards of a dedicated painting regimen.

The accumulated years of frequent practice grant him the skill with eye, hand and materials to not only repaint his subject multiple times on the same canvas, passing up multiple opportunities to say “finished”, but to consider an experiment like this in the first place, in which painting is the point, rather than a painting.

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  1. Comment by Steve PP
    Saturday, March 19, 2011 @ 9:43 am

    Excellent! Really very clever!

  2. Comment by Susan Scheid
    Saturday, March 19, 2011 @ 2:25 pm

    Remarkable. What a treasure to be able to watch such a fine artist at work, and what a clever idea he’s come up with here to show what he can do.

  3. Comment by John Philip
    Saturday, March 19, 2011 @ 4:18 pm

    This is really amazing!
    Thanks for sharing this.
    Been following your blog for a long time and want to say thanks for all the quality postings.

  4. Comment by Marilyn Miller
    Monday, March 21, 2011 @ 5:30 pm

    Truly a wonderful video on many levels. Love that thumb!

  5. Comment by Bennett
    Thursday, June 7, 2012 @ 5:35 am

    ‘Tis very cool! Love the transition. iUniverse

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