GUEST DOODLEWASH: A Combination Of Planning And Intuition

#WorldWatercolorGroup - watercolor by Dalibor Popovic Miksa of city scene - #doodlewash

Hi, my name is Dalibor Popović Mikša (follow me on Facebook!), and I’m from Belgrade, Serbia. The medium I’ve used for the last 5 years is watercolor, but besides that, I use pencil, acrylic and wire-installations.

I graduated from the Academy of Art University of Banja Luka. A couple of years ago, I saw on the Internet watercolors done by Andrew Wyeth, Alvaro Castagnet and Joseph Zbukvic and under their influence I entered into the world of watercolor. From that moment, watercolor painting influenced my approach in other painting technique (mist, detail omission, connecting shapes, etc.)

LIGHT AND CONNECTING SHAPES

The light is probably the main theme of all my works. Considering that I prefer to paint in studio using photographs, instead of plein air painting, I developed the ability to recognize the right photography with expressed contrast of light and shadow.

#WorldWatercolorGroup - watercolor by Dalibor Popovic Miksa of sunset and boats - #doodlewash

This contrast could be strong and sharp or soft and discreet. In both cases it is important to paint connecting shapes before drying, because it is the good and easy way of making atmosphere in watercolor.

DRAWING AND GEOMETRY

The base of all of my paintings in watercolor or any other technique is a solid drawing which dictates the composition and dynamics of a painting.

One of the reasons I mainly choose urban landscapes is the strong presence of geometry and straight lines, as well as the contrast the lines make to irregularly shaped objects. I also like to emphasise tram overhead lines and other electrical installations that can be seen in the streets. Playing with lines is an important part of my watercolor paintings.

COLOR

The palette of colors in my watercolor paintings is generally dim and mostly comprised of various shades of grey with a tendency towards warmer or cooler nuances.

#WorldWatercolorGroup - watercolor by Dalibor Popovic Miksa of seaside village - #doodlewash

I often get those shades of grey from burnt sienna and ultramarine. As opposed to darkness, brightly colored accents appear on pedestrians, traffic lights, advertisements etc.

MATERIALS

I use Hahnemühle 300g watercolor cotton paper.  My watercolors are Schmincke Horadam and I use Escoda brushes.

UNFINISHED PAINTING

Except light, the basic idea of my expression is the unfinished part of the picture – the contrast between hyperrealism and total lack of details. The biggest challenge is finding a best way to do that, and recognize the moment to stop painting.

It is especially hard to achieve in watercolor because it does not allow mistakes. So, I try to plan in advanced but at the same time to let my intuition guide me.

#WorldWatercolorGroup - watercolor by Dalibor Popovic Miksa of Purple Converse Tennis Shoes - #doodlewash

I would like to say thanks to Charlie for featuring me and to support his idea to create dooodlewash.com.

Greetings from Belgrade

Dalibor Popović Mikša
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67 Comments
  1. John 1 year ago

    Really enjoyed this post and seeing these wonderful paintings! Thanks Dalibor and to Charlie, as ever, for the introduction!

  2. Arts & Rhymes 1 year ago

    Wow, amazing and inspiring work! Puno pozdrava iz Indijane!
    Sibella

  3. Jodi 1 year ago

    Wow! Beautiful work!

  4. ramaink 1 year ago

    Wonderful artwork!! I love the delicacy of your paintings! Thank you for sharing your artwork with us!

  5. Sarah 1 year ago

    Incredible artwork! So beautiful.. thanks for sharing your talent with us Dalibor 🙂

  6. Jessica Seacrest 1 year ago

    Amazing artistry Dalibor!

  7. Laura (PA Pict) 1 year ago

    Wow! Your handling of light is glorious.

  8. Snehal Kank 1 year ago

    Wow! What an inspiring work!

  9. Bill Jackson 1 year ago

    Your paintings are beautiful. I really enjoyed the post. Good fortune to you as you keep painting!

  10. Jen 1 year ago

    Wow, such beautiful work!

  11. marchescountrylady 1 year ago

    Just stunning

  12. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 1 year ago

    Dalibor, your delicate and expressive method of handling paint and incorporating negative space as an essential part of each painting showcase your extraordinary talent. I like how your philosophy of knowing when to stop, of knowing a work is complete even when part of the paper remains untouched or some of the paints appear smudged and unfinished, imbues your artwork with the feeling that we are seeing the scene at its moment of inception. Takes insight and courage to paint this way. Truly brilliant and gorgeous art.

  13. Lilia Rendon 1 year ago

    Wow, this is incredible.

  14. jiisand 1 year ago

    As someone who plays with graphics with nowhere the sensitivity and control you display I could only admire your adventures into depth with a firm expertise in value understanding. It’s a valuable lesson for me and invites exploration.

  15. waer882016 1 year ago

    wow,,,!!!
    amazing….

    • Emily Chalko 1 year ago

      Wow. You paint with such amazing delicacy and your handle on color and light are unreal. This inspired me to pull out my watercolors. I struggled with the same issues of knowing when I learned to oil paint. I prefer to leave pieces slightly underdone because I’ve ruined enough sketches and far more paintings from going too far and ruining them. Really brilliant body of work. Thanks for sharing!

  16. フレッド 1 year ago

    very cool.

  17. jaesguerra 1 year ago

    Wow! Thanks for sharing the photos with us

  18. sanjeetrathore 1 year ago

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  19. Es Marinsche kocht 1 year ago

    Great pics – the ship is my favourite 😊

  20. Rou5aTravels 1 year ago

    Love it..Specially the guy with one tooth, where did you get the inspiration for this face? looks very familiar…

  21. zico club 1 year ago

    good work

  22. bookwormsri 1 year ago

    The works almost have a magical light to it ! thanks for showing it ! its mesmerizing!

  23. littleblogs11 1 year ago

    That’s so cool!…….must’ve taken you ages to paint!

  24. geraldgordge 1 year ago

    Amazing work!

  25. winterwritesblog 1 year ago

    Dalibor Popović Mikša I think that your work is wonderful – the watercolors are so inviting and tell a story.

  26. Monsieur R. 1 year ago
  27. Kristen 1 year ago

    Very interesting!

  28. moorezart 1 year ago

    Reblogged this on From 1 Blogger 2 Another.

  29. Perkreations 1 year ago

    Lovely work.

  30. Amera I Solomon 1 year ago

    lovely….pictures portraying rain is so calming especially in watercolors…just lovely

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  32. Rodney Whitebread 1 year ago

    Reblogged this on Rodney Whitebread and commented:
    Beautiful and inspiring work , love the colors in the artwork. 🙂

  33. Happy 1 year ago

    Oh my! This is incredible!!

  34. vowww..stunning work..!! awesome i can say..!! would like to share some my photography work..Amazing Nature wallpaper http://birdandwildlifephotography.com/nature-wallpaper-desktop-mobile-background/

  35. Iriz Chan 1 year ago

    Oh my…I’m so in love with your work!

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  37. Beautiful work. I love Andrew Wyeth’s work too. Louise

  38. Alexithymia_Shubhi 1 year ago

    Wonderful work..amazing painting work..All the details are really interesting ones..I love art and this post really gives more knowledge .Thank you for sharing this post 🙂

  39. sharndeniz 1 year ago

    Wonderful work, I love it

  40. tbymallano 1 year ago

    So beautiful!

  41. Susan 1 year ago

    Beautiful work!

  42. Beautiful. I was married for an graduated artist. This is beautiful 💞

  43. Kcee_Rich 1 year ago

    Excellent work interesting concepts!

  44. Look good

  45. bella 1 year ago

    These are fantastic, you’re very talented! I love the sense of movement you convey in your style, it feels like it’s about to come to life!

  46. auroraviory 1 year ago

    Reblogged this on More-Than-A-Story.

  47. ujjwal666 1 year ago

    This is amazing !

  48. anyway what many like we are also involve good work

  49. The Leaky Inkpot 1 year ago

    To blend hyper realism and lack if detail… To know when to stop painting. That’s a beautiful lesson in itself.

  50. crazycraftsman26 1 year ago

    Amazing talent. Love your vision. ☺🙏

  51. yoshikawa marcia 1 year ago

    Beautiful paints!!!

  52. thirstfornature 1 year ago

    Interesting I love your work Dalibor… Your eye for paint is capturing.

  53. writegill 1 year ago

    You skill and talent combine to produce beauty.

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  55. ayesha724 1 year ago

    I love how the colors all combine, it gives the illustrations more feeling an emotion! Really Nice Work!!!!

  56. Riddhi Sharma 1 year ago

    Wonderful artwork..! You’ve got so much talent.I enjoyed this post. Thank you!

  57. ambujredefininglife 1 year ago

    Elegant piece of work!

  58. nidhiloveyourself 1 year ago

    Hie dalibor im amazed to see your work ! Its really stunning and speechless paintings !

  59. dreamywomanblog 1 year ago

    wow really wonderfull art

  60. Ron S. Hamilton 1 year ago

    Love your work. Cover art to post, ” comin’ home from Abbey Road.”

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  62. creationaquanell 12 months ago

    Beautiful work !

  63. jenpedwards 12 months ago

    Absolutely STUNNING work! Thank you for sharing it!

  64. artbeez 11 months ago

    Wow! I really liked this post. I also admire your work of paintings. I enjoyed reading how you do your paintings. -Bea 👍👍

  65. Aesthetics of Longing 9 months ago

    Your work is exceptionally beautiful!!!

  66. Sharon Nolfi 1 month ago

    The light in your work is stunning.

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