Bato Dugarzhapov — this guy can out-Monet Monet

Sat, Nov 1, 2008

Larry Seiler, a fine artist in his own right, was the one who, via the internet first introduced me to the art of Bato Dugarzhapov. I encourage you to check out a gallery of Dugarzhapov’s work at Every few months or so I go back to that site and look at those paintings.

The other day, I got it into my head to try a quick little copy of one of his simpler paintings — at least it looked at first glance like it might be simple — just to try to educate myself and become a little bit better at painting. I did ok, but I’m no match for Dugarzhapov, that’s for sure. Here is my effort, 16×20, acrylic on canvas.

^^^ Note: the above is not a Dugarzhapov, it is only my lame attempt to copy his work.

You can view a photo of Dugarzhapov’s original here..
The aspect ratio of my canvas wasn’t quite right, and the colors in my painting are a little weird looking here as the photo I took of it is not the best. I used three brushes, a half-inch, 3/4ths inch, and a 1-inch brush. My palette was Titanium White, Ultramarine blue, Cad Red, and Cad. Yellow, and probably spent a couple hours on it.

Edit: Nov 6, 2008: Another painter on that site worth checking out is Alexi Zaitsev Some of his work which I particularly liked: Pond in Versailles, Place of our appointments, Warm September, Pontus-New. Paris, October.

Check out more of Alexi Zaitsev’s work here:

~ by scaryreasoner on November 1, 2008.

4 Responses to “Bato Dugarzhapov — this guy can out-Monet Monet”

  1. I agree, this guy is amazing. I’m a big fan.

  2. HUGE MASTER! One who can truly SEE. It’s great that he’s appreciated. Reminded me of a Bulgarian artist, Plamen Valtchev –!/album.php?aid=172788&id=216422095559

  3. Just found his work, it’s wonderful. Bursting with light and colour!

  4. Monet rules in design, brush work, movement, you want to live in his paintings you can feel the heat the breeze you feel young and you want to run in his poppy fields and when tired to rest under the shade of his poplar trees.The harmonies of his palette is like listening 100 Balalaikas playing the Dr dgivago theme.Gato is ok almost monochromatic living in his misty lively grays my favorite [Woman on the red okra beach] , but please do not compare him to Monet

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