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Art of the Close-up

Updated: Feb 22, 2021

We were given an informative brief for this challenge:-

Art of the Close-up

Your next challenge is to produce a work inspired by a close-up view of something familiar. Your work can be as large as you like, but should represent a close examination of its subject.

If you are looking for inspiration, an obvious place to start are the flower paintings of Georgia O'keeffe, whose painting Oriental Poppies has become an icon.

Other artists have looked at fruit for inspiration – see Dennis Wojtkiewiczartand Kamille Saabre.

You could also find your subject in the human body, such as this painting of a single eye by Thomas Saliot.

However, your inspiration doesn’t have to come from something organic, it could come from simple items around the home. Domenico Gnoli’s paintings frequently featured shoes, while Ellen Altfest’s often examine everyday fabrics in detail.

It would be great to see some semi-abstract images inspired by the unusually close view of familiar objects, such as Michael Craig Martin’s Full Life

Jason Smith

I have much Heart

Maple and Acrylic

Bowl 22 x 5cm

Angela Musil

Raindrops on a Leaf

Angela Musil


Clive Dand

Mother and Child


Judy Williams

Katherine's Mussel

Acrylic on Paper

Gunda Cannon

Apple halves

Watercolour, pen and ink

210 x 140 mm

Sally White


Susan Smith


Sheila Klein

Rain Drops on Plastic

Pat Lock

A Pine Cone

Acrylic on board

Michael Haynes


Kate Rundell



Chris Schalburg

Corner of the Kitchen

Watercolour and Pencil

Leelee Kock

Woodland Patch

Guiseppe Bertoli

A Vase of Flowers

Acrylic on board

Graham Lock


Alison Chandler


David Dixon


Drawn freehand on 300g paper with ink

Pencil and acrylic

40x30 cm

Caroline Anderson-Jones


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