Sunday, December 19, 2010


And now, something completely different…!
My US publisher, John Fleskes,  recently commissioned me to do a drawing for his collection. When I asked him whether he had a particular theme on his mind he said: “I like the idea of a tree, a giant battling a valiant king, a beautiful woman...” In other words, he  wanted a kind of Steel Bashaw scene, a typical “Petar”, a current one.
There are people who spend a lot of time directing and composing a commission piece with an artist. I prefer to  work with people who say: “ The artist is an artist for a reason. We are not artists for a reason. Why get in the way of an artist’s vision. Give them a theme, then let them do their thing...”
The next day I presented the sketch of the composition to him.

The sketch

Upon seeing the sketch he commented: “ That is why you are the artist. I say tree, giant, girl, and noble hero and this is what you come up with - a splendid adventure scene of good vs. well-meaning giant just doing what comes naturally - except the damsel's husband objects. And you get a horse in there too... “
I wish more art buyers were so artist friendly and so insightful like John. His enthusiastic reaction was an extra stimulus for me to do my very best. I really enjoyed making this funny “UNK!” drawing, and because this is a piece conceived in joy and happiness, I thought it might be an appropriate Christmas/New Year’s present to all of you. Please consider this image as a small token of my gratitude for all your visits to my blog and for your kind comments.

UNK!, the detail



  1. Thank you and Merry Christmas to you too!!

  2. This is fantastic! Thank you for this blog Petar. The art is beautiful and your words insightful and generous. There are many painters out there who have the technical skills, but lack the artistic vision. You have both. Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!

  3. I can't think of a better present. Merry Christmas!

  4. ....UNK! is incredibly gorgeous in so many different ways.....!
    This piece breathes artistic freedom, and next to that a burning love for the medium, and a prolific mutual understanding between "commisioner" and "commissionee".
    Beautifully rendered work, and thank you so much for the thoughtful Season's gift...
    Anita and Petar, have a very happy Christmas, and a wonderful and positively surprising New Year. Thank you for the inspiration!!
    Best wishes, Mark

  5. Perhaps you could define the word UNK for us. Seriously beautiful drawing Petar. Have a wonderful holiday season.

  6. I'm really impressed by your art!
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you too :)

  7. Good question, Bill!
    I have to admit that I do not know the exact meaning of the word “UNK”. But what I do know is that it has to do something with a situation when one is hit in the lower-right corner of one’s jaw with an iron mace at least 10 kg (20 pounds) in weight…
    Thank you all!
    Mark – bedankt!

  8. Hi Petar,
    I've been loving your oil paintings for a long time but now that I can see your pencil drawings I can tell they are excepcional too. Your line is strong, dynamic and fluent.
    Congratulations and have a Great New Year 2011!

  9. Thanks Antonio! It is very kind of you to stop by and to leave a comment.
    Happy New Year to you, too!