“Kiss” by Gustav Klimt

891. “Kiss” by Gustav Klimt_blog

“891. Kiss by Gustav Klimt” Watercolor painting by Mariko Irie

I always fascinate Gust Klimt works.

His early works are very academic realistic paintings. He was a master painter.

Then He started his very original symbolist paintings including using gold leaves.

According Wikipedia:Among the artists of the Vienna Secession, Klimt was the most influenced by Japanese art and its methods.

After I learned realistic painting technique from Bill Martin who was surrealism painter, I wanted to combine 2 dimension and 3 dimension harmoniously in a painting. So I painted Japonica series in last year, 2016.


“850. Koi & Waterfall” Watercolor painting by Mariko Irie

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“848. Koi” Watercolor painting by Mariko Irie


“848. Morning Glory & Firework” Watercolor painting by Mariko Irie


I’ve read that before Klimt painted, he sketched more than 100, and then he started to paint. Wow. His line of bodies are so alive and sexy.

Before I painted this painting, I searched about Gustav Klimt. Now internet has a lot of information. I had a great time.

Especially https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kk5YNt6Q4Z8 Whatever Happened to Klimt’s Golden Lady? with E. Randol Schoenberg — UC San Diego Library Channel

is very interesting documentary. From this one I learned the history of Vienna and jews, which I never learned in schools.

This speaker, E. Randol Schoenberg is the attorney to get the painting “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I” by Gustav Klimt back from Vienna in Austria.

I’m not interested in who or which country owns the painting. But Randol speech is excellent so I watched whole this documentary.

Just listening what he has done, I felt what a time consuming and energy.

I say that Randol Schoenberg has great passion for his job, attorney with a good heart.

I’m happy that I copied Gustav Klimt “Kiss” very much. I could learn Klimt way of seeing and expression a little bit.

I’m planning to show this painting next month at the Northeast Artists in February. February is Valentin month, why not?

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“Waiting” by Edgar Degas

I love Degas paintings since my high school student.

I fascinate his colors all the time. He uses different colors even bright colors in shadow. They are surprisingly effective.


Edgar Degas (US /deɪˈɡɑː/ or UK /ˈdeɪɡɑː/; born Hilaire-Germain-Edgar De Gas, French: [ilɛːʁ ʒɛʁmɛ̃ ɛdɡaʁ də ɡɑ]; 19 July 1834 – 27 September 1917) was a French artist famous for his paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings. He is especially identified with the subject of dance; more than half of his works depict dancers. He is regarded as one of the founders of Impressionism, although he rejected the term, preferring to be called a realist. He was a superb draftsman, and particularly masterly in depicting movement, as can be seen in his rendition of dancers, racecourse subjects and female nudes. His portraits are notable for their psychological complexity and for their portrayal of human isolation.

At the beginning of his career, Degas wanted to be a history painter, a calling for which he was well prepared by his rigorous academic training and close study of classic art. In his early thirties, he changed course, and by bringing the traditional methods of a history painter to bear on contemporary subject matter, he became a classical painter of modern life.


“890. Waiting by Edgar Degas” Watercolor painting by Mariko Irie

The title of the painting in this image is “Waiting” by Edgar Degas.

These figures are not moving but his composition is dynamic and excellent, therefore the painting is so powerful.

His expression of body language is marvelous, isn’t it?

Edgar Degas/Quotes:

Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.

Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do.

Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things.

What do you think?

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The Young Shepherdess


“889. The Young Shepherdess” Watercolor painting by Mariko Irie

This scene was at San Diego Art Museum.

Every time I go to San Diego, I visit this museum in the Balboa Park and visit this painting as well.

This painting is The Young Shepherdess by William Bouguereau.

According to Wikipedia:

William-Adolphe Bouguereau (French: [buɡ(ə)ʁo]; November 30, 1825 – August 19, 1905) was a French academic painter and traditionalist. In his realistic genre paintings he used mythological themes, making modern interpretations of classical subjects, with an emphasis on the female human body. During his life he enjoyed significant popularity in France and the United States, was given numerous official honors, and received top prices for his work.[2] As the quintessential salon painter of his generation, he was reviled by the Impressionist avant-garde. By the early twentieth century, Bouguereau and his art fell out of favor with the public, due in part to changing tastes. In the 1980s, a revival of interest in figure painting led to a rediscovery of Bouguereau and his work. Throughout the course of his life, Bouguereau executed 822 known finished paintings, although the whereabouts of many are still unknown.

He painted skin color of women is fantastic.

It’s transparent, very fresh looking so on. I alway stand in front of the painting and gaze the painting just like he is doing.

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Cheerful Morning


“888. Cheerful Morning” Oil painting by Mariko Irie

This location is MacKerricher State Park, CA.

I wanted to have other cheerful exiting morning.

Here it is.

Good morning!!

This painting is also 6” x 6” in oil.

The painting is so small. So each stroke is a part of this painting, which means each stroke is very important. You know oil paint is gooey stuff. It’s easy to get mushy and muddy painting.

When I paint on 6” x 6”, I paint wet on wet. I work fast, I start painting till completed without a break.

I hope you are having a cheerful morning to start a day,

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Sunny Morning


“877. Sunny Morning” Oil painting by Mariko Irie

This location is MacKerricher State Park.

I wanted to capture Fresh air and light of cheerful morning at the beach.

Waves are dancing around and having good energy.

It’s a great start, isn’t it?

Are you smiling?

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