Thursday, December 31, 2009

A selection from 2009


Blogger William K. Moore said...

Hey David.. first want to wish you the best on the incoming '10 event. This new collection posted here is a bombshell of visual delight. The range of technique and style and subject demonstrates your water-based mastery. The first oriental style landscapes are delicate and create an ethereal effect in space. Boat with orange canopy beautiful and the nude... well I just loves da pretty women au natural... and done with real flair as shown in the softened edges. Excellent all my friend.. onward!

December 31, 2009 at 9:22 AM  
Blogger perugina said...

Belli e bellissimi!
Say hello to 2010, may you give light to many other wonderful works David.
Thank you for your support last year, always a treat when Dake pops in! :)
Buon Anno

December 31, 2009 at 2:53 PM  
Blogger David Burge said...

G'day Bill, Thanks for your support mate!
Happy New year!

January 3, 2010 at 8:45 PM  
Blogger Clive said...

Wow, all lovely pieces. Also really really love the cloud painting in the post below. Happy new year.

January 6, 2010 at 7:47 PM  
Blogger David Burge said...

Hey Patricia, Thanks for your support too, always appreciated!

January 8, 2010 at 7:08 AM  
Blogger David Burge said...

Cheers Clive, Happy New Year !

January 8, 2010 at 7:14 AM  
Blogger Nick said...

Love the third one especially and the nude is great...I'm afraid to paint in a high key like that, need to suck up some nerve. The squiggly calligraphy looks very Z-friendly, takes confidence and discipline to do that and then leave it alone. Figure it's getting hot there, a good test to see if you can finish a plein air before the water evaporates.

January 9, 2010 at 10:13 AM  
Blogger David Burge said...

G'day Nick, I guess there's a coupe of major influences affecting my tides. I've always had a thing for the bravura approach because it can't be attained from a step by step approach. It has to be immediate and reactive to the moment. That's the prize for me. Being able to produce a fresh vital painting with a minimum of effort, and to be able to out-art a camera.

Hey so far so good with the Shanghai event, fingers crossed for step 2.

January 10, 2010 at 3:49 AM  
Blogger Tonya Vollertsen said...

My favs are the the last three! Wow, love them, the colors and the great watercolor technique. The nude is especially nicely done.

January 10, 2010 at 7:40 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

You're right, it can only be achieved quickly...AK talks about the speed and immediacy of watercolor, and how it's too fast for most. Impossible to do a large watercolor fast, I have to plan to make it look that way.
Looking forward to seeing a DB original for the first time, even if I have to go to China to do so!

January 11, 2010 at 8:21 AM  
Blogger joel said...

wow! i aspire to such brilliant immediacy! it is intimidatingly exciting!

i know what it is like to thrill out a fast one and have no idea where it came from - but i don't know how to start or predict when it will happen!

these are all beautiful. the tree landscapes are masterly.

i have much joy in seeing these and hoping one day to achieve such alla prima brilliance...

good luck with Shanghai! i guess it is an achievement to even get past stage 1 - yeah? but i do dream of a multi-way water-street party involving several well known protagonists, some cuban cigars and a fine pinot noir...

January 12, 2010 at 7:00 PM  
Blogger David Burge said...

Tonya, thrilled to read your comments. Thanks for taking the time.

Hey Nick, I have seen some large fast watercolours done in the manner of the traditional chinese style. It takes a tremendously confident and inspired effort to look at 40 x30inch sheet of expensive paper with a large dripping squirrel brush in hand. Then to cover the length and breadth in one stroke and breath.
Eric Fischl works big and fast. In fact I think these figures in this style have to be at least 40 inches to work. Not sweet an neat but they have energy and movement.

Hi Joel, It's encouraging to get positive feedback on the more traditional watercolours. I find they do maintain a presence despite their simplicity.
Can do hundreds of them without losing any sleep worrying about a painting. They're like time, never pausing to look back. A few strokes then move on leaving only one decision to make; frame or bin?

January 12, 2010 at 10:06 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

Great post from Joel..nothing would make me happier than to meet up with my Oz friends in China! You guys, Wayne & Z, hopefully Janine (and Jenine!), anyone who can make it. Couldn't get the fischl link to work, darn.

January 25, 2010 at 9:31 AM  
Blogger wayne said...

Hi David,
I seem to have missed out on commenting on these superb 2009 watercolours.. please accept my sincere apologies.
They're all brilliant watercolours without question.

Watercolours of the North (esp English), West (The Americas), East (The Orient), ...all these (imo) seem to find a significant if subtle degree of resonance in your works, from this land of Oz, down under. And yet with your own ever-emerging distinctive touch. Brilliant, and congrats!

February 16, 2010 at 3:20 AM  
Blogger David Burge said...

Wayne, you're a gracious fellow to be sure~! Sincere thanks.
I wish I could remain focused on a theme for a while, but if one thing is becoming an affirmation in 2010; it's that I can only paint to please one person.

February 16, 2010 at 8:51 AM  
Anonymous Jean Burman said...

Hi David :-)

We recently became friends on Facebook and I'm a little late arriving into this conversation... but just wanted to add my nod of appreciation for your collection of wonderful artwork here. I've recently done some rather large fast and furious watercolour nudes that were so much fun to do... but yes... no time to stop and smell the roses while the washes went down that's for sure. Gotta love that about watercolour though!

I very much enjoyed the most recent work you put up on Facebook. Very enigmatic. Totally competent. And entirely awesome! Great work.

That's all for now... basically just wanted to throw my hat in and say hello. So hello... oh and also best of luck for Shanghai... exciting times ahead!

February 20, 2010 at 1:36 AM  
Blogger David Burge said...

Jean, thanks for coming over. Your
nod is very much appreciated.

February 20, 2010 at 8:06 PM  

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