Prolific artist Ken Karlic teamed up with Daniel Smith Watercolors to offer a comprehensive look into his creative process, a process he then applies to other media.
“I refer to my work as Sophisticated Chaos, where an accurate drawing gives way to an expressive painting to create a beautiful mess,” says artist Ken Karlic.
The talented, award-winning painter got together with his sponsor, Daniel Smith Watercolors, to offer readers a detailed look into the creation of one of his large-scale watercolor paintings: “Painting large-scale allows me to magnify my style to a whole new level—more is more.”
“Within a tight structure of the design and drawing, I find great freedom to expressively apply paint. I use lots of paint and lots of water, seeking to achieve as much action on the page. I build, create, define, modify, destroy, add, and subtract. I don’t paint in a traditional sense of light to dark, but rather light AND dark.”
In addition to watercolors, Karlic has been experimenting with other media, including oil and acrylic, seeking to find parallel pathways emanating from his artistic prism of sophisticated chaos.
Landscape Paintings by Ken Karlic:
“I consider my acrylics, in particular, to be similar to my watercolors—only on steroids,” he said. “Watercolor typically comes with a certain level of planning. But with oil and acrylic, I enjoy approaching a work with far less premeditation—I love the feeling of flying fast and low.
“Regardless of the media and scale, I’m still driven by the underlying premise of solid design, suggestive drawing, and expressive painting—in other words, Sophisticated Chaos.”
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