Friday, December 25, 2015

Jacob van Loon

It still happens ... I see a few pieces of art by an artist and I just immediately feel connected and want to know more about the artists and how they are producing this art, the techniques involved, the materials, the ideas behind the art. This is exactly what happened when I stumbled across the images created by Jacob van Loon. 

Jacob van Loon, Confluence, Watercolor, acrylic, and graphite on panel

Jacob van Loon, De Tonti, Watercolor and graphite on panel
It is amazing how precisely planned and executed the pictures are, while everything equally looks random and free. There are backwashes and blooms, splatter and drops of alcohol when still wet, and all this combined with highly accurately constructed design, squares, rectangles, straight lines. Together to me this is just exciting and new. 

Jacob van Loon, Mechanicsville, Watercolor and graphite on panel

Jacob van Loon, Quincy Station, 1946, Watercolor, acrylic, and graphite on paper

You can find several movies showing the painting process on his website. Here is one example:


I already started applying some of this to my most recent painting. Let's see how these "accidents" mix and match with my organic shapes and forms. 

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