BIrd Artist Karl Martens

January 31, 2012

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I didn't have a post set up for today but I just received an email from reader Kelly who recommended the website of Karl Martens. His bird paintings are exquisite and you need to check them out. I thought about saving this note for a weekend for visual eye-candy, but you really need to start checking them out now. There are some wonderful magpie-ish birds and a raven and some wonderful ducks and, and, and…It is truly amazing what someone who understands both bird form and watercolor can do. Martens also knows just when to focus on detail and fade away into a splatter of paint.

His duck, which is image 11 of 95, is a perfect example of this, with detailed eye and bill, but body softened by using the rough texture of his watercolor paper. Go look now.

There is an artist statement from Martens that captures his intent very clearly here.

    • j.long
    • January 31, 2012

    Thanks for the urge to see Karl Martens work. Economical elegance. Wow! Thanks so much, Roz.

    • mimi
    • January 31, 2012

    These are wonderful. So much here… but no feet! no legs!

    • Kelly
    • January 31, 2012

    I’m so glad you like Martens’ work, Roz. I had a feeling you would 🙂 I stalk him on the internet when I’m low and in need of inspiration – he always sends me scurrying back to my paints…

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    Wow. Just wow.

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    I’ll be stalking you as well I think, just like kelly, Gosh, it’s really great to be at your blog.

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    j.long: thanks to Kelly, for spotting his work and passing it along. I can’t wait to look again at his stuff today!

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    Mimi, yep with a lot of them there are no feet. I seem to remember with some raptors and geese or swans there were some feet. That doesn’t bother me tough because he has created his birds in such a way with the splashes that the eye fills in the rest of the bird and that fits, for me with the concepts he mentions about calligraphy.They totally work for me.

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    Kelly, thank you again! I hope to see his work in person some day (aren’t the images at the end of the gallery showing his display great—you don’t realize, or at least I didn’t, how large these paintings are!). If you hear of his work coming to the US for a show please keep me posted. Thanks for thinking of me!

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    Melly, wow is right!

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    Kassandra, I’m glad you enjoyed Martens’ work and that you enjoy this blog too. I’m fortunate that people like Kelly keep me informed!

    • Carol
    • February 1, 2012

    A wow from me, too …

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    Carol, I know I’ll keep going back to look again and again.

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    Very inspiring! Thanks for featuring this!

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