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Le tableau de Martin by zancan Le tableau de Martin by zancan
Oil painting on canvas - 81x100cm ( 32x40" )

It is only a forest.
In the first place I met this painting in a book, thus it was fair to place a book in the painting. It owes its title to a protagonist of this novel, though the latter is only an alibi.
For the first time there is no character in it. However, the painting is far from being anonymous. In front of the blank canvas, it's difficult to know were exactly we're aiming at. We need to write the pages, we have to work our way.
One can learn a lot about oneself by painting a forest.

So this is a canvas that I've start in March and finished in December ( with a number of gaps in between, unfortunately ). After drifting toward warmer tones, urban material and a more contemporary feel in my works, at one point I felt this retrograde impulse to immerse into the lush again, and to make that dive alone. It was shortly after a two-months period when I invested my time in the frantic, yet unproductive job of organizing an exhibition in a gallery near home. Quite naturally this painting shows a path which is more driven toward the inside. I was expecting it to look peaceful and bright, but it turned out rather dark ( and obsessive, and stiff with some twists, but that's how far self-analysis will go ; ) ).
Note that no reference was used here _ this forest is purely fantasized.

You can watch some close ups on the canvas >here<.

I will also try to make a video montage of the painting at its various stages, since I have been taking photographs of it all the way through! (if i find time, knowing the man it could take a while )

Cheerrzzzzzz !
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keitone Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow so beautiful! It is intimidating and beautiful at the same time. 
Mythraill Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Student Artist

i already see this become reality

i see myself walking through a wonderfull forest like this

walking, untill i find the little red book on the ground and sit down

i start reading, what a wonderfull story the book has to tell.

and you caught the fantasy in a painting

see, thats a TRUE artist :iconfreeinternetplz::iconfreepremiumplz:

beachelf Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013
Awesome! :iconsquee-loveplz:
amycreammaxbrown Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013
Your work is superb, i don't know how you do it..
sira Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013   Digital Artist
Iglybo Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013
Wow I can't stop looking at it it's just soo brilliant. :)
jazzyj91 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
Its like every thing fell out of the book.
Looveel Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
Tableau qui m'a fait tilté que tu étais français je crois XD Et sans doute l'un de les préférés *^* (j'ai un faible pour les forêts ) 
C'est tout bonnement incroyable, je suis toujours impressionnée par le talent de beaucoup d'artistes français rencontrés sur la toile ( et qui te font toujours penser que tu es une vieille chaussette à côté mais tant pis, on ne peut tout simplement pas s'empêcher de baver sur leurs oeuvres).
J'aime les jeux d'ombres et de lumières dans ce tableau là, tous les petits détails, les branches, l'aspect féerique qu'apporte la simple présence du livre, et simplement, le regarder m’apaise et m'inspire :)
Ravie d'être tombée sur toi ce soir, ça a illuminé ma soirée ^v^ Et je t'admire vraiment pour la simple patience que tu possèdes vu le temps que tu mets à faire chaque tableau, je me sens ridicule à pleurer lorsque je prends plusieurs jours à faire un dessin XD (et désolée pour le pavé)
Saphronite Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful, but ominous. I feel like the person who was holding the book was dragged into the forest by living trees or something. Haha. I love it. Really beautifully done.
Feyjane Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
This is amazing!~~
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