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My homage to one of my all-time favourite painters, Gustav Klimt, in particular his piece "Goldfish."
I cannot even begin to describe how long I spent on this...well, let's just say it was a long time. In the end, I had to "abandon" it, because I felt I had lost all sense of objectivity and reason and if I didn't leave it as is, then I could be working on it for an eternity.

Acrylic and gold paint.
Approx 20 x 20 inches.
Detail

Reference from Many thanks, Sofie. :hug:

Prints coming soon.
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:iconlucreciamortishia:
LucreciaMortishia Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful ! Magic colors :clap:
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OceanAtEndofTheLane Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2009
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impetere Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2007
Beautiful! I love Klimt and "Goldfish" is possibly my favourite of his works. It has an undercurrent of otherness that you have managed to capture here as well.
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nellmckellar Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2007
Thank you! :)
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sagar20 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2006
wonderful! I also like klimt.
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snailskin Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow beautiful!!!
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tigereyez13 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2006
beautiful. love the colours.
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:iconnellmckellar:
nellmckellar Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2006
Thanks :)
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Ludi-Price Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
There's certainly a touch of Klimt in there, especially with the judicious use of gold paint, but there's definitely more Nell in there, with the subject matter and the beautiful, sensitive application of the paint. And it just goes to show that you can turn your hand to virtually any medium you turn your hand to and still end up with a beautiful and haunting drawing that's been wonderfully executed and finished. The gold paint really gives what would normall be a rather dark picture a definite spalsh of vividness, and the red hair is simply gorgeous. And as for the deep greens and blues, well, I have a soft spot for that particular colour combo, so it's certainly no bad thing. :D The anatomy is beautiful, and the flesh tones are so lovingly rendered and warm that you could reach out and touch her. Super stuff, you really excel at the acrylics just as you do at the watercolours, I'd love to see more work in this vein from you. :heart:
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saryn Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2006
This is simply amazing!
The atmosphere of color in the cloth and skin tones is lovely and I'm amazed at the precision of the gold detailing.
Insta-fave! ;)
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twosilverstars Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
This is absolutely gorgeous Nell! I love the colour pallet, it really lends an air of murky beauty that i always associate with nymphs. All your hard work payed off :)
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nellmckellar Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2005
Ahhh, thanks so much, Rachel! :D
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Queenofchaoss Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2005
Beautiful
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gooberbrain Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2005
beautiful colors!:clap:
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PrincessArwen Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
oh you know i already i adore this one. :aww:


so beautiful.
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:iconnellmckellar:
nellmckellar Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2005
Thank you so much, Rie. :):)
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:iconmeggyb:
Meggyb Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2005  Professional Interface Designer
oh geez woman thats gorgeous!!!!
absolutely insane :)
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QuestingRaven Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautifully done. I love the classic feeling to this.
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Meisiluosi Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful. I love the colours and the satin-like smoothness of her skin...
And of course, her hair... You always paint/draw wonderful hair...:-)
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:iconnellmckellar:
nellmckellar Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2005
Painting hair is one of my favourite parts, I can spend so long working on hair sometimes. :) Thanks!
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:iconceylara:
ceylara Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2005
Nell. This is gorgeous. probably one of the best pieces you've done, maybe. The shading and detail is wonderful. and I have the gold paint. I can imagine it took a long time.
^-^
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:iconnellmckellar:
nellmckellar Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2005
Thank you! I am glad you like it. I do feel it was an achievement of sorts- if not because I battled so much with the acrlics. ;)
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Ainador Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow very nice work.
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ElvenstarArt Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
This is gorgeous! I love the colors, and the anatomy is great! Lovely work! :)
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BigFace Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2005
Top class. Klimt was extraordinary. Is he your number one?
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:iconnellmckellar:
nellmckellar Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2005
Well, he's certainly up there in the top three or something. ;)
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sarahmoule Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2005
HAWT DIGGADY DOWG!

NELL!

SHE IS ABSOLUTLY BEAUTIFUL! I normally dont really like acrollic paintings so much but THIS is just incredibal! It looks like an oil painting!
Klimt is my favourite artist aswell!!
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:iconnellmckellar:
nellmckellar Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2005
Klimt rocks my world. :D
Hope you are feeling better Sah-Sah. :hug:
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lockstock Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2005
The colors are perfect and so exquisitely painted. I love the gold accents. Very Klimt indeed!
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:iconnellmckellar:
nellmckellar Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2005
Thank you, Sophie. :)
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:iconqmab:
qmab Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*bounces* yay Nell art!!!!!!!!!!!! tis absolutely lovely, the colours are sumptious and she is beautiful :)
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angelsg33 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love this !!!!
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PickledPixie Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2005   Traditional Artist
Nell, you know I love this piece to bits!
I wouldn't do anything else to it - its perfect!
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RavenLady Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2005   Writer
Oh my, this is stunning. Absolutely beautiful. She gives me a dreamy wistful feeling . .
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:iconravenlady:
RavenLady Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2005   Writer
Oh my, this is stunning. Absolutely beautiful. She gives me a dreamy wistful feling . .
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siobata Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2005
Wow, Nell. This is really solid work. Nice pictorial softness. How've you been? Sorry I've been absent lately.
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:iconnellmckellar:
nellmckellar Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2005
Hi Jordan, nice to hear from you, and glad you like it. :) Me, well I've been alright. I'm caught up in the Christmas rush along with everyone else. :(
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Aoede Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2005
Aw, amazing Nell! She has red hair, like you. She is beautiful. Love her face, and her nose especially.
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donnaquinn Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is really lovely. The greenish tones in the skin are so wonderful and really make the entire painting united. I love how her hair has almsot a 'rippled' look to it- very well done. The time you spent on this piece has really paid off.
Sorry if this gets posted twice.
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donnaquinn Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is really lovely. The greenish tones in the skin are so wonderful and really make the entire painting united. I love how her hair has almsot a 'rippled' look to it- very well done. The time you spent on this piece has really paid off.
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verdant Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2005
Very nice work, nell! It hasn't ceased to amaze me that you do this thing with acrylic! :o
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
Superb piece of art. I love the shimmering, opalescent light and reflections, particularly on the hair and skin. The picture seems to glow from the inside out.
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Juditangelo Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2005
Full of cuteness as ever :clap:
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:iconaramn:
AramN Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2005
Fantastic work! So beautiful and sensual! I love it!!
not too often we see the human form in shades of green. :): Neat handed work!
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felixxkatt Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
beautiful and eerie. definitely has the Klimt feeling... although to really go Klimt you should add a pattern to the blanket. you know he painted red heads because symbolically they were "wild, untamed" and sort of anti-civilization. . .
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nellmckellar Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2005
Hey, I didn't know redheads symbolised that! Awesome! Yeah a pattern would have been cool, excpet there's too many folds and it would have been too hard- also I am really lazy. :lol:
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felixxkatt Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
yeah i have a big book of symbolist artists... klimt and others used a lot of the same imagery for the same reasons. i love the idea but i am dissappointed by the artists-- most of them were horribly mysoginistic and 90% of their art was either about women corrupting men, desiring women as sex objects (or how women tease men by being sexy), or how women were only "pure" and "good" as virgins and the rest of the time they were corrupters and temptresses. it's really negative for females. the art is beautiful. too bad about the symbolist mysogeny. sigh. :shrug:
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MeredithDillman Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow O_O
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jenely Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
LOVERLY!!! I love her hair!!!
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Mydian Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2005
This is so gorgeous. Just incredible. :) Very peace inducing with a gentle flow of the motion.
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