Friday, November 6, 2009
Clive Powsey Chisels his Landscape Successes
Every artist has is own style. Its as personal as a signature, or a fingerprint. In Clive Powsey's case, it the way he uses his brush to chisel his way to success. The rocks in the above picture are chunky and carved with irregular cuts, angles and shapes. Most painters stive to create simplifications and impressions. But Clive delights in using his brush as a chisel to cut the patterns he seeks.
Look, for instance at the foreground cliff, with its upper surface, its descending face, and its lower tableau. We find a complex interrelated network of angles, shapes and patterns designed to create the impression of a harsh and rugged environment.
Clive appies this same technique to painting shallow water, or in some cases dappled light at the bottom of a canyon. This is a recognizable Clive Powsey signature.
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