Wednesday, 21 February 2007

The Malayan Tapir

30x40 cm
Oil on Canvaspanel

Another Work in Progress (WIP)


René said...

Now i get it, you're stealing the museum!! :-D

Lovely Stefan, have you ever seen work from the Dutch artist Rien Poortvliet? He used light Ocker for his first sketches, I think it keeps more light in the painting.
Have a look:
(it's a little strange site)

W. K. Moore said...

Stephen great to stop your way again and be dazzled by the tapir work. You bring an edge to your subject matter which makes for a very interesting or mesmeric effect. Is it the highlight on the glass or the rendering of the animal - perhaps the case... hmmm

william wray said...

Home run on this one. I love it. When they have impact this simple, you know you have something going. Bravo. One day this will auction for big bucks.

Stefan Nuetzel said...

Hi René, I know Rien Poortvliet and I always wondered whether he used photos a lot. With living animals you have to, but here it is wonderful to paint on site and they don´t move. ;-)

And what do you mean by stealing the museum?

Stefan Nuetzel said...

William K. thanks! It is interesting to read the reactions to the paintings and I don´t know what gives one a bigger impact, but this one felt so good during painting. In the best moments one becomes pure visual instinct and then, it is good.

Stefan Nuetzel said...

Thanks William, I think you are right by the simplicity and this is the hardest thing to achieve. And believe it or not. I traded this one for a car. Isn´t that something?

René said...

And what do you mean by stealing the museum?

I mend that you run off with the real object and put the painting in the showcase. ;-) I bet no one will notice it until they take it out for cleaning, .... it's soo lifelike.

Rien Poortvliet said he had a photographic memory, he could paint an elephant on a glass plate just by imagination.

Jennifer McChristian said...

This is quite fetching Stefan!
Nice subtle indication of the reflected glass.
Love the looseness and solidity of this painting as well as the rich, buttery strokes and warm palette.

Stefan Nuetzel said...

Okay René, now I have got it. You are right with that Realism, which I didn´t intend. But judging from the photos it looks so real. The painting has more visible brushstrokes.

What you said about Poortvliet is amazing, cause I always wondered how he had painted these pictures. They are so lifelike.

Stefan Nuetzel said...

Thanks Jennifer, this was one of the painings that painted itself and it was fun doing it.