|For our April general membership meeting it was our good fortune to hear from wildlife artist, Carel Pieter Brest van Kempen.
Carel showed a power point presentation in which he explained his approach to compositions for various examples of his work. He surprised the audience with some personal philosophies in which he likes to break art “rules”. For instance, he likes the drama of more elongated dimensions than we usually see. And pointed out the location of where he placed his center of interest to produce added tension in some scenes. One of his beautiful nature scenes included a human skull.
Do to the detail and intricacy of his style, completing a demo piece in the allotted time would be impossible. Carel can take as much as an hour and a half to complete just one square inch of his piece. However, he in essence did provide us with a demo utilizing two time-lapse photography films he had produced. They were fascinating. They showed his process of building with multiple layers of acrylic paint, diluted with enough water to be used like watercolor.
Lastly, Carel actually did provide us with a live demonstration of his methods. He worked on a painting that he brought that was already in progress. Using a tiny brush, he brought a small bird to life.
We enjoyed yet another evening of sharing by another fabulous Utah artist!