Martin Dimitrov artist blog. 

Large-Scale Nocturnal on Location



A new project - painting a large nocturnal painting, on location. I loved the mood created by the warm street lights, the flickering distant city lights, and vast shadows. Since the lighting of the scene did not change much during the night, I was able to return to the scene for multiple sessions. There were some interesting challenges: 

1) Transporting the painting. It was too large to fit inside my car, so I made a wooden box, which attaches to the roof-racks. The canvas slides inside the box and is secured using bolts, so that it does not move during the ride. 

2) Lighting. A book light does not work for a large canvas. Thus, I decided to use battery powered furniture lights. The lights were held in position by a smart-phone "goose-neck" holder, and the smart-phone holder was secured to a telescoping stand. It was a strange contraption. 

3) Easel and wind. I used one of my studio easels - a basic 3-leg easel. The easel had a weight attached for stability. The canvas was additionally tied down with ropes to guard against the wind. 

On to the next one. 


Cotton Fields and a Happy Thanksgiving

8" x 8" Oil on canvas panel

8" x 8" Oil on canvas panel

8" x 10" Oil on canvas panel

8" x 10" Oil on canvas panel

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! The cotton fields are in full bloom right now, and they are beautiful. However, if you would like to see them you have to hurry, because the machines have started picking up the cotton. 

I started an 11" x 14" painting (planning to work on it for several days). Unfortunately, I was not able to complete the painting, because I did not realize how quickly the cotton plant would change. In just a couple of days what used to be a green bud, had turned into a big bowl of cotton. However, while working on my 11"x14" in the morning light, I was able to complete the 2 smaller paintings (see above) in the afternoons. 

I also worked on another small painting, trying to capture an entire field of cotton (and not just the individual flowers). However, as I started that painting, the machines swooped in and collected the cotton from right under my nose. 

While painting the cotton, a native-american man approached me and struck a conversation. From our conversation, I could gather that he had spent the majority of his life in prison. He was very appreciative and respectful of my work, but said that he lacked the patience to paint himself. It was a very memorable conversation, and I cherish those experiences.


A gentleman and his wife stopped by to see me paint. They were so kind to email me some photographs of myself painting. I included those in the gallery above. Thanks Matt. 

A Crescent Moon and a Poem

Pretty soon early mornings will get really really cold and unpleasant for painting, so I am going to take advantage of this weather as much as I can. This morning, I was captivated by the delicate shape of the crescent moon. 

Crescent Moon Before Sunrise, 8"x10" oil on panel

Crescent Moon Before Sunrise, 8"x10" oil on panel

And here is a beautiful poem by Friedrich Hölderlin. I came across this poem while watching YouTube lectures on philosophy. In it, the poet says: "Once I lived like the gods, and more is not needed" - arguing that in life, quality trumps quantity. Regardless of how much you agree, it is beautifully written. 


"To the Parcae"

A single summer grant me, great powers, and
a single autumn for fully ripened song
that, sated with the sweetness of my
playing, my heart may more willingly die.
The soul that, living, did not attain its divine
right cannot repose in the nether world.
But once what I am bent on, what is
holy, my poetry, is accomplished:
Be welcome then, stillness of the shadows’ world!
I shall be satisfied though my lyre will not
accompany me down there. Once I
lived like the gods, and more is not needed.” 
― Friedrich Hölderlin



This Morning at the Sunrise Spot

The weather could not be any better nowadays (especially in the mornings and evenings). So I am really enjoying coming back out to my sunset and sunrise spots (except that there still are a lot of mosquitoes at night)

Electric posts before sunrise 9"x12" oil on panel

Electric posts before sunrise 9"x12" oil on panel

And here are a couple of picture with my phone of my sunrise spot. How beautiful in that place for painting :)