Art: Mood & Wonder

Painter Karl Knaths never uses models, for the elementary reason that a model would only hamper him. "Before I start a painting," he explains, "I have an idea—or a motif—in mind. It could be a piece of a landscape or maybe a still life. From the motif you break into planes to create spaces." In the spaces he paints the objects and figures central to the motif, at the same time building up an architectural structure usually made of heavy black lines. As the painting progresses, he keeps forms and colors in key with...

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