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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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PhotosCrystalJones Featured By Owner May 26, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Lovely ! =^-^=
DeniseMartins Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
uau!!! lindo
evgeniabel Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful! The book gives a story to this painting :) very nice
Bri-Oliveira Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Student General Artist
It is amazing!
eydii Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
wonderful painting :)
keitone Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow so beautiful! It is intimidating and beautiful at the same time. 
Korwynze Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist General 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!~~
WontDieACopy71 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your art has always entranced me. This is just gorgeous. So surreal and dreamy, like a still from a fairytale. Just lovely!
BOYKINS Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you've been featured in my deviantart journal[link]
JaydenFiresparks Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
Amazing work! This forest is truely beautiful, yet it has also a scary side... I'm wondering if the reader of the abandonned book hasn't been swallowed by it, by this sea of intertwined roots...
SarienFhaine Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
Absolutely Amazing!! I love forests, the greenery and the beauty of them :)
ArtEiyachiou Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
is it just me or do the branches look like hands or arms reaching out? anyways, this is beautiful and at the same time it gives off a mysterious aura. :iconiloveitplz:
junglefeet Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
Spooky place :thumbsup:
oviedomedina Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
So beautiful....
Makes me smile!
3-WI5H3S Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist

amazing...ur just....amazing
ThornZfire Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful painting
puzzledpixel Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
love this. i think that a book in and by itself is a work of art, that's why i enjoy it more than e-books. hehe. this is exquisite, gives me a nostalgic feeling too. superior painting skills!
theheek Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
i love your paintings its amazing i love the colors the trees are so friendly i could happily live there just need fairy wings and a hollowed out tree
Seeknart Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful work!
Fliers Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Student General Artist
Magical and beautiful!:D Gives me a feeling of home:) Heh, my home is literally a giant forestx) And I mean literally! Trees only cease to appear when arriving the nearest cityx) They're EVERYWHERE, and especially at this time of year they're showering you with yellowness!xD
And I love the details here :heart:
CorinaWan Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Love, love this. Very fascinating the way your creative mind works
Artanisendra Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
Magical atmosphere...
ladyinna Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012
:heart: :heart: :heart: :heart: :heart: :heart: :heart: :heart: :heart: :heart: :heart: :heart: :heart: :heart:
R-o-z-e-t-t-a Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Student Artist
I LOVE your work!! It's really amazing!! :blowkiss:
My emotions are going wild! Detailing is incredible!:cries: ^^;
I'm waiting for new work!=)
UnaRama Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
it's just amazing! ur very talented!
spinMEromantic Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
How do you digitize your work? I tried scanning my oil paintings but the results weren't that great =/
NMartens Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm currently writing a concept for my exams this year and as a theme i started of with the fact there are so many works with the human being as leading role. I absolutely love this work, and especially the non excistence of humans with still having the feeling you can relate it to humans. haha, i think i can't explain it the right way in english. but anyhow, I love this work and i'm having a new idea flow so thank you for making it :heart:
zancan Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's interesting. I thought that, for a viewer, this book would be identified as the main character, that it'd do the storytelling by itself. But from the comments that were posted, the common question was "where is the reader gone ?" :)
NMartens Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes indeed, From my view We are so controlled by the tought of humans. i dunno, I'm hooked. This painting and the comments on it has made me think furter about the subject cause i actually wanted to skip it cause a few of my teachers thought it was not good enough of a subject. But i want to find a way to explore it. I just want to let all the humans dissapear and see what is there when it's gone. What will do the storytelling, Can we indeed let a book tell the story, can we live without a person wich is telling us how the story happens to him/her. Can we tell a story by just scenes so we can image ourselfs living it in our own form. I probably sound like a weirdo right now, but when i think of al the questions that come to mind, i just want to sit outside on a beautifull night and think while watching the sky.
walterzie Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
So fucking beautiful. Congratulations!!!!
TracyArt Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
This is truly beautiful.
Feeriee13 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
And what a magical forest that is...:star:
bearmountainbooks Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011
The detail is quite striking. Zooming in, I like it even more than at first glance. I should like to sit next to that book. The forest is either scary or protective. It depends upon whether one is running to it--or away from something within it! Excellent.
bearmountainbooks Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011
It's dark, but the light blue gives it a sense of hope--a sense that it can go either way. The book too could be a sign of peaceful reading or of a reader who was abruptly separated from that book. Lots of story in here. I like it!
adjustthemorgue Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011
Traditional paintings have sort of become a lost art these days (excuse the pun). Seeing your work is a breath of fresh air and a comfort :D
smsuho Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so much detail absolutely love it!!
Lucinhae Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Student Artist
Impressive!!! This is beautiful!!! :love:
fabala-the-artist Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I could look at this all day and keep seeing new beautiful details. And that book... oh wow.
emo-ninja-kid Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Mindblowingly detailed, and the book adds a very subtle but highly effective haunt. Beautiful work sir!
lgmac Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011
Peaceful and beautiful!!
CanveySue Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
whatareyoustaringat Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011
this is amazing... i love the dark colors. it's so much better that it turned out this way! the book is a really good detail. it feels like an entrance to a fairytale. it remindes me of tolkin...
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