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    steve kim update july 2

    Welps here's some new stuff since my last thread.


    40x60" oil on canvas (lms3r1 entry)


    moleskin - i like this one


    moleskin - not as much


    36x36" oil on canvas on panel


    30x40" oil on canvas

    For anyone in the greater LA area, my school's open studios is this sunday, 11am to 6pm. Lot's of interesting artists and art to be had.

    You can preview work at: www.cguart.com

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    wished i lived in LA to check this stuffs out. nice pieces indeed

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    Lovely colors you've used here and the hands on the second piece are so nice

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    wow, i just love your style! thanks for the inspiration!

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    i love your oil paintings, they're beautiful.

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    sketchbook: http://conceptart.org/forums/showthr...=1#post2075513
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    Absolutely love that first painting Steve. I like the other stuff too but the first image really is quite wonderful. You seem to be forging a method that allows you to speak directly of what concerns you in the image yet link it to the rectangle in a highly expressive way. It's a hard nut to crack but your persistence is really begining to pay off. This shows real imaginative courage, 5 stars from me!

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    some new stuff since the last post:

    i have a new blog at: http://www.stevekim.com



    a long in-progress thingy of the painting above here: http://picasaweb.google.com/stevekim...rama#slideshow









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    Seen all these before at yer blog...still enjoying them as much as i was , then.
    Nice lines and edges....and great use of white...

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    awww they are soo niiiice yummy

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhanu View Post
    ....and great use of white...
    That is right on the money!

    The 'work in progress thingy' on the foxes painting is a marvelous document. The directness of your comments and constant policing to keep bullshit out of things have resulted in a fascinating and lucid account of the kind of thing that goes through a painter's mind. What appears to most people as esoteric, neurotic concerns you have demystified and made tangible for onlookers to relate to without loosing any of the fascination of the strange magic that is the business of messing about with paints.

    To give an actual 2D shape to a thought rather than thoughts about a shape seems to be what painting is about. To this end we edit, leaving stuff out, simplifying, tightening, loosening....yet always fearful of 'loosing the baby with the bathwater'. And the nagging doubt that all we are doing is deciding to stop somewhere between an egg and the most literal portrait and calling the process 'a distillation'. But there is something about when a painting is 'right' that burns these doubts like a newspaper on the fire. Your work in progress on the foxes painting catches this moment almost as it happens....

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    Impressive , livelly !Great stile man

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    nice! love your work man

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    nice, very nice

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    Truly inspiring stuff. Different and interesting. Perfect lines. Plains of colour. Winner.

    Thanks for sharing

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    Strong oil paintings! I like

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    Hey Chris sorry for the tardy response but I really appreciate your comments. You really make it sound like I know what I'm doing . I'm glad people find it useful because I like to do it, and I will do more, and there is something about it that i really believe in, but at the same time there is always that feeling in the back of the head that it's all a great waste of time and effort. Because all that time spent photographing and organizing and photoshopping and commenting, well, that's time that could be spent painting right?

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    That is right on the money!

    The 'work in progress thingy' on the foxes painting is a marvelous document. The directness of your comments and constant policing to keep bullshit out of things have resulted in a fascinating and lucid account of the kind of thing that goes through a painter's mind. What appears to most people as esoteric, neurotic concerns you have demystified and made tangible for onlookers to relate to without loosing any of the fascination of the strange magic that is the business of messing about with paints.

    To give an actual 2D shape to a thought rather than thoughts about a shape seems to be what painting is about. To this end we edit, leaving stuff out, simplifying, tightening, loosening....yet always fearful of 'loosing the baby with the bathwater'. And the nagging doubt that all we are doing is deciding to stop somewhere between an egg and the most literal portrait and calling the process 'a distillation'. But there is something about when a painting is 'right' that burns these doubts like a newspaper on the fire. Your work in progress on the foxes painting catches this moment almost as it happens....


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    Quote Originally Posted by psychoboy View Post

    This is my favorite of the pieces too, but I don't feel a lot of the pieces you have posted belong here. This feels more like a sketchbook thread than a finally finished thread... and that might have something to do with the fact that half of the pieces are scanned sketches from your sketchbook.

    Also, you might not want to post your phone number (first page of your moleskin) on the net for anyone to get a hold of.

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    Obsessive-compulsive me has uploaded in-progress photos for my last six paintings. Some with lots of commentary and others not so much. From newest to oldest:

    Mom and Me

    Dolly and Burt

    Kitsune Noir Diorama

    Octobaby

    Leashed Dogs

    Underneath

    and some drawings





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    Best post on Cenceptart.org ever! I love you!

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    this stuff is going in my inspiration folder, thaaaaaank you.

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    Steve! Love the progress shots, and the li'l commentary underneath; your sketches have a great line and form quality- really niiice work, thanks for sharing!

    Mx

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    Loved the undreneath painting and nice to see it build up.

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    Steve, thanks for these - your comments and decisions are uncannily close to what goes through my own mind when building paintings. The process is like trying to keep a litter of kittens from climbing out of a cardboard box, or trying to remember something you have forgotten, or hammering on the door to a room that if opened would alow you to move and play free at last.

    My favourite paintings of yours so far are 'Mom and Me' and 'Underneath', they seem to have found an overall silhouette gesture for the multiple pictures and variations and 'meanings' that blow through ones mind when staring at something, be it a puddle in the street of a snapshot of the family.

    Best of all, your your approach really spells out how one should MAKE SOMETHING out of what one is looking at rather than putting down something as if seen out of the corner of the eye. Making something out of rather than like. What's the point of 'like', where's the 'added value'? Naturalism makes complete sense when painting fantasy worlds because the idea is to make an unreal world as present and convincing as possible. But when painting the 'world about us' we require a way to transmit the poetry that occurs to us upon doing this into something concrete and formal. This is how we make it 'real'. The more 'real' the painting is as a painting - colours, shapes lines etc doing work as colours shapes lines, the more 'real' and affecting we can make this poetry. In this sense we do not 'illustrate' the ideas we have upon looking at something, we make them manifest as physical shapes and marks on a flat surface. A metaphoric see-saw between what a shape represents and what it is as a shape. This is what those process shots and comments make so clear.

    How did you do with that on the CA competion by-the-way?

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    Hey Chris, I'm quick on the draw this time!

    Once again I very much appreciate your comments. Though I have to say, and not that you're implying this or anything, but I guess I want to make it clear how important 'naturalism' or the real world or whatever... is to me. So-called academic studies are always on my mind but it's so easy to get swept up with other stuff. I think I like painting as much as I do because I like the world/life/everything as much as I do.

    Anyhow to answer your question underneath was for the first round of lms3 which I won, so I guess people liked it enough. I got knocked out in the second round, my own laziness and ineptitude to blame! I'm going to participate in the girl vs guy tds though to redeem myself

    I am glad people are finding the progress stuff useful instead of simply self-indulgent. It certainly makes the effort worth it!

    steeeve

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    3 new paintings since the last post:


    printing mom - 36x48


    fight - 36x48


    24x34

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    Great thread!
    In the last post, i cant say i like "trio" and that purple face, but however i really love this one.
    I remember seeing the photo in your blog, id thought to myself it was nice but now i think it just doesnt hold a candle to the painting.
    Thanks for showing.

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    S.M.> There's always a funny 'what's the point' feeling when working with inherently strong reference material. But now I think a lot about what makes said reference so compelling--extracting and exploiting it and learning from it.

    aaaaaand something random:

    When I was working on my favorite Moleskine drawing of Julie I somehow had the wherewithal to take a photo in case I wanted to paint it in photoshop later. Well instead of painting, since I can't be bothered to take out my tablet from the closet, I wondered what it would look like with the photo manipulated to fit within the confines of the drawing. I also like the way it looks without the linework. Oh sweet illegitimate Photoshop art!







    not sure which i like!

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