Friday, January 22, 2010

Cool Painting Video!


Our son, David Palumbo, made this video of himself painting one of his "Postcard Nudes" from start to finish. He's done over 100 pieces like this now (50 of them featured in his first book, "Quickie"; more in an upcoming book yet to be titled) and still manages to stay enthusiastic about painting nude ladies. How does he do it?

28 comments:

A. Jaye Williams said...

Nicely done, David! Thanks for sharing. I love seeing an artist at work. And to have such a wonderful result as your painting. Very well done! And thanks for posting, Boris and Julie!

Boris and Julie said...

Thanks A. Jaye! We're glad you enjoyed it as much as we did.

Javier B.V said...

Buen video!

Gene Snyder said...

Very cool! I love how you think an area is close to completion, then he goes in and reworks it, bringing it out more. Thanks for sharing!

Boris and Julie said...

Thanks Javier and Gene!

Luciano said...

Guau... frenetico el pincel de David, me encanta!
Me gustaría mucho (de hecho, seria maravilloso) ver alguna de las pinturas de sus geniales padres reducidas a un video de 10 min... Se que se suelen tardar mas de 90 min (4 dias si no mal recuerdo) pero insisto: Seria maravilloso

D Palumbo said...

Thanks everyone! Glad to hear that people have been enjoying the video :D

JenniferGOliver said...

This is great! Beautiful work, very inspiring too. I hope that David will do more in the future!

niyado said...

Hi Boris and Julie, Im here to congratx both of you, you guys are my inspiration from the start, now im evolving my style, trying to create my own. So here is my questions, what you guys think is the best for draw stuff from my mind without looking to reference, I do a lot of self study doing life drawing, and using reference, but at the time of drawing from my mind, i feel so limited, and feel like i cant draw anymore :( can you guys tell me something to help me with this?

Sorry for my english, here is my portfolio http://niyado.com thx guys!!

niyado said...

And nice video David!! amazing work!

NomadSoul said...

Fantastic video! Thank you for sharing it with us. I would love to see more. What a beautiful painting, David - she's lovely!

:D

Boris and Julie said...

To Niyado:
Thank you for the nice commnents.
We feel that the best way to develop the ability to draw from your imagination is to do extensive work from life. The more you do it the more it gets engraved it in your memory. Think of what you draw in terms of shapes rather than noses, arms or whatever.
Have fun.
Boris and Julie

Studio M said...

What a great family of artist!!!
I´m just want to say that I´m feel very happy to see a family who belives and enjoy working on something they really love and believe: pure art.
Thanks for your attention and best regard for you all...
from Brasil
Marcelo Merola

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David Patel said...

cool video. i dont understand that palette tho. did he really use like 20 colors to paint a picture that could have been done with about 3?

D Palumbo said...

Thanks again for the additional comments! Jen and NomadSoul, there is certainly more to come :)

David Patel - the simple answer is no, I don't use twenty colors to do a picture which could be done with three.

With a couple exceptions, most of the colors on my palette are composed of unique pigments (as oppose to tubes of paint containing mixtures of pigments repeated elsewhere on my palette). When I use four different reds or four different greens, it's to add subtlety and complexity into my color which couldn't be achieved with a more limited palette. Mind you, I believe that one could create a painting just as successful with a limited palette, but it would be impossible to duplicate the colors in *this* painting. Of course, I don't use every color in every painting either, but I like to lay out my standard range so that I have those options available. I probably use about half of them in a typical study, and maybe dip into a few more for specific accents. My goal is to achieve a rich, natural spectrum and not a garish indulgence of every color. Whether your palette contains three colors or twenty three, I feel that a harmonious picture is the goal. Personally, I'm not really interested in doing limited color studies. I don't get much satisfaction out of it. I prefer to explore the subtleties of a highly prismatic palette used in a very controlled manner.

Though youtube compression certainly simplifies the color gamut and tonal range (like photography and web compression isn't bad enough!) every artist or art lover should be aware the big difference between seeing a reproduction and seeing the actual pigment. I think just looking at the jpeg linked below the video shows much more detail and subtlety than the youtube format is capable of delivering.

David Patel said...

That was possibly the best explanation anyone could have given. Thanks man, and sorry if i offended you or anyone else. that was probably just the art student in me talking

D Palumbo said...

no worries David ;)

Edward Halmurzaev said...

Super and a very interestring video, thanks for sharing it.The music is also exciting but litlle bit strange.Is the music was especcially selected for the video? Great inspirational succusses David! Thank you again for video!

Rty said...

Absolutely amazing i'm a huge fan of all your work and looks like your son David has got the same great skills as Boris and Julie...
My own work cannot hope to come upto your standards but I keep trying..
check out my blog if you want to see...

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Boris and Julie said...

Thanks Edward! We're curious (because we don't speak Russian) about what is strange about the music? We don't know what she is singing about. The music is played by a band called The Blazing Cherries and they are friends of David's in Philadelphia. This song was used in a burlesque show.

To Rty: Thanks for your comments! Keep working hard on your art. Your Andrea McClean portrait has some good stuff going on!

Rty said...

Thank You so much for your kind words Boris and Julie..
It's really appreciated....

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Preste Juan said...

¡Maravilloso! ¡Wonderful!

Susan Rodio said...

So great to discover that you have a blog. Love the time lapse painting by David, brilliant!

Raul Avila said...

excelente !

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