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Saturday, January 26, 2008

Half Dome

Here's an oldie. I have to say, I miss real paint...


And for those of you who like to see the brush strokes...


Shuku said...

Real paint is just...there's nothing like it, you're right. I can't paint digitally; I SUCK at that like vaccuum cleaners, but there's just something about the physicality of real paint that just...yeah.

Half-dome! Is it an actual mountain? I seem to recall having seen a picture of something similar ages ago, and I love the brush strokes and mood in this one!


Bojana said...

It's beautiful.
Yes... real paint takes more time, and therefore means less productivity...but nothing can replace the old school ways. Wacom tablet is perfect for me, but a real brush is always a challenge.
Maybe you should make some time in your life for "real" painting...:)

Nacho Molina said...

Genial Paul, conocia tu trabajo por tu participacion en El Señor de los Anillos y me parece una auntentica maravilla. Ahora que conozco tu blog te seguiré más amenudo. Un saludo desde España

Erwin Madrid said...

O yes, I remember seeing this beautiful piece! There's something about using real paint and knowing that there's an original out there somewhere..... but I guess there's little motivation to do a painting with real paint for a studio that ends up archiving it in some wearhouse forever huh....:(

Paul Lasaine said...

Yes, Half Dome is a the name of an amazing granite mountain in Yosemite National Park in California...or what's left of it anyway. I believe it was formed during the last ice age by glaciers. Some time later, half of it collapsed, leaving the signature "half dome" that exists today.

You know, I've been painting digitally for almost 20 years now, and I'm still struggling to do digitally, what I could do so easily with real paint. This painting, for instance, I did in about 5 hours. I know I would have taken me about twice as long to paint digitally.

Erwin wrote,
"...there's little motivation to do a painting with real paint for a studio that ends up archiving it in some warehouse forever..."

You said it!!!! I don't know how many of my originals are in some dark archive somewhere. It depresses me to even think about it. But you're right, there's something special about an original.

Jared Shear said...

Ahhh....the smell of paint, the feel of brush in hand, fingertips that look like they came out of a box of Lucky Charms. It's that adrenaline rush of riding your painting like an ocean wave, as you balance on the edge of success or failure....without an undo in the world to save you.

Your digital work is exceptional Paul, but it is your command of "real paint" that is by far some of the most impressive, and awe inspiring work I have laid eyes on.

If Sony had a brain they would paddle lock in you in a room with a box of Lucky Charms, a brush, and a couple tubes of paint, and let you work your magic!

Ben Mauro said...

Reminds me of the time i was up at Yosemite and drove to the lookout area early in the morning and watched the sunrise, incredible experience. you totally captured it.

Marc said...


I love seeing real paintings up close. The layers of paint, texture and characteristic brush strokes reveal something about the process that it took to create. Digital painting, no matter how beautiful,is still a collection of pixels and (for me) reveals much less of the "story" of its creation.

Steve Chon said...

man, i thought this was a photo. such great mood you capture in your paintings. i'm in awe, thank you sir.

Louis-Philippe said...

So amazing. Gosh it's inspiring to look at your stuff.

And yes, real paint is THE thing. I am literally hypnotized when I sit down and take some time to look at your acrylics.

GWhitehall said...

Fantastic work. Your traditional skills make me itch to pick up a brush again...

Marco Bucci said...

Just great. And yeah, pigment rules.

Joe Kresoja said...

Awesome Paul. There are so many bad habits and tricks with digital it's nice to see some of the real stuff.

kurtca said...

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I work for a small video game development studio up in northern california and wanted to know if you are available and/or interested in created some concept design art.
I couldn't find a contact phone number or email address thus my posting here.

If you could contact me at I would greatly appreciate it.

Thank You


Ramses said...

Fantastic paint! the light of the environment are great

bog_art said...

I need to work more in traditional media.. impressive!!..

Brian Yam said...

Hey Paul,

Thanks for visiting my blog. I am really blown away by your work. Really inspiring stuff.

Leighton Hickman said...

There’s nothing like splashing some paint on a canvas. I love the treatment of the clouds and the vastness of the valley. Inspiring.

Daniel said...

Thanks for posting this image Paul. It's a really inspiring piece, and it's been very helpful to see your brushstrokes and to learn from your technique.


Hao Wu said...

great blog =D

AlexTuis said...

It is amazing!
Anyway this rocky mountain is a source of inspiration.
Hope to see the top for real one day!

Louis-Philippe said...

Woah! Thanks for the close-up!
Awesome! Awesome! Awesome!

Alessandra Sorrentino said...

wow, bellissimo, paul!
i love the composition and the way you lead the eye towards the point using the light.

Louis-Philippe said...

Always the same question: What's the size of the original?

Leighton Hickman said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. I was elated to get your comment that, I must admit, is the best compliment/threat I have ever received! I am dually honored. I can’t wait for your next post!

Paul Lasaine said...

Louis Philippe asked: What's the size of the original?

It's approx 10" x 17"

Louis-Philippe said...

Thanks! ^_^

Justin said...

Jesus christ... look at those clouds.. and those rocks.. and those everything o_o

Wayne Lo said...


Luca Bonatti said...

This picture has a so strong mood I never get tired of watching it. The use of the colors is so beautiful and inspiring!

PS I wait for new stuff, I really love your stile.

william wray said...

Try the new Golden Open Acrylics they may bring you back to the canvas!

Erin Lamoreux said...

this is gorgeous!
I love the colors and the energy of the strokes.

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