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.


  1. Check out Clive's new blog chronicling his lessons at the Old School house in Qualicum. Just type in Clive Powsey blog and go from there...

  2. Hey thanks for that, Winston; I'll get performance anxiety now I know you're keeping and eye on my painting...Actually it's very observant about technique, I often, if applying brushstrokes, think of them as little planes, or fascets, like on a diamond or, better still, a disco ball... Sometimes it can get a little dauby, especially when doing opaque...but some of my stuff is wash based, so it doesn't apply so much then. Looking forward to some more of your paintings getting posted; Ron tell me you're back in Ont. Cheers again for the interest, Clive


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