Water Serpents11/ 1904-07 /Oil on canvas/80 x 145 cm

In Klimt’s work I like how you don’t immediately observe all the subtleties in the painting. These become evident as you look further.  I am fascinated how abstract patterns decorate the hair of the figures in the paintings and are woven into materials they wear, sometimes blending into the background and sometimes almost overriding the subject matter.  I like his methodology of using gold leaf within the decorative designs which accentuates the richness of the colours, giving the works radiance and reflecting light.  The overall effect and softness of the colours and the brush strokes used gives a romantic dreamy floating appearance.



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Mla close ready for his close up, art am 96 no3 Mr2008

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Dumas watch?v=9oJGwiEoj84


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Takashi Murakami’s methodology

Methodology from tutorial 2

Each creation begins as a sketch in one of numerous pocket-sized notebooks.

Full-sized drawings are then scanned into the computer.  From there, Murakami “paints” his work in Adobe illustrator, tweaking the composition and cycling through thousands of colours until at last he hands the finished versions off to his assistants.  His staff then print out the work on paper, silk screens the outline onto canvas, and commences painting.  Without this embrace of technology, Murakami says, “I could have never produced this many works this efficiently, and the work wouldn’t be as intense. Written by Jeff Howe quoting Murakami

Takashi  Murakami: Yoshiko and the Creatures from Planet 66

Yoshiko and the Creatures from Planet 66


Chuck Close -Part Essay

Big Self Portrait 1967-1968, a prime example of photorealism, was extremely realistic and meticulous taking Hyper-realism to a whole new level.

In this portrait he initiated his style which involves imposing grids onto his photographs.  At first the grids were very fine so they were not apparent to the viewer.  In Closes more recent work the gridded pattern has got bigger and remains in plain sight and is a feature of his work.  With abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock, there is no one focal point of the painting. Chuck Close’s painting is the same when up close. However, as you step back further from the enormous works, an image  emerges.

big self portrait 1968

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