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hypotaxis
11-30-2012, 05:01 PM
I am exploring this style. It's pencil and watercolours with a little post production in PShop

Brett


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D Akey
11-30-2012, 09:15 PM
Intriguing style. Looks like there are influences from many other styles. Eyes are haunting.

I looked up the meaning of your handle. It's a very curious word to choose to define ones self. Almost academic. Definitely cerebral, as if ordering and naming were a part of the process you're bringing to your work. Anybody quoting Meister Eckhart is already in that range of the esoteric. :)

I look at this piece and there is a hierarchy with the eyes as being the main focus by far, though the rest is still unified. I'm not sure, technique-wise, whether the washes, the line or the subject can be isolated from each other, even though they are distinct from each other. To my understanding, this bears a similarity to the concept of hypotaxis. Granted I'm reaching to get the concept because it's not a word I have ever had reason to use, let alone have a reason to know.

Anyway, it feels like a modern interpretation of a classical look. Nice stuff happening.

Caesar
11-30-2012, 09:48 PM
Dear Brett, I literally adore this painting in particular for the colorful, warm and rich dark tones You painted on its background to emphasize the figure, a palette very much appropriate to define the late Autumn season (in here at least, probably not in Canada or in New Zealand, for opposite reasons;)).

Dear D Akey, the rethorical speech discipline is much negliged in modern times and, maybe, English is a quite practical and direct language to use, but we, poor guys from the once classical world, we had to stumble also in the analysis of propositions, either in Latin or Italian (or ancient Greek too for some of us), so these terms (hypotasis, parataxis etc.) and other rethorical figures (let all the rest of the language analyzing cathegories) haunted us to some extent quite early in our lives ....:o
As You know Hypo is under (like hypogee for roots) and taxis is how You put things (like for taxonomy of plants). I share Your appreciation for these apparently obscure words, not to be cryptic, rather to have a name for complex concepts and a stimulus for thinking and evaluating, as You always most brilliantly do and I enjoy from Your comments. Thanks!

Zeropainter
12-01-2012, 01:53 AM
I love this picture, and the colors ;) awsome

gxhpainter2
12-01-2012, 05:09 AM
brilliant work here Brett.. I love the rich dark green and washes of color.. the green of the eyes and the sidelong glance are intriguing as well.. I love D Akey and Caesars comments as well...

hypotaxis
12-01-2012, 11:29 AM
Thank-you all for the comments.

You two gentlemen, Caesar and DAkey, are always so provocative and interesting. I value all your comments very much.

As to my username, I adopted it when the Internet was all run on a Unix command line and searching was done by Archie, Veronica and Gopher! Remember them back in 1989? I loved Gopher servers. Hypotaxis was one of those words I had heard of but, like you, never used except a long time ago in barely remembered English grammar classes. I picked it because it was obscure and there was never any conflict with other users using the same username ;)

And I have always been drawn to the mystical even as a small boy. I stumbled across Meister Eckhart at university studying science (more than 50 years ago now), and then I found Rudolf Otto and thenThomas Merton and so on ... and on! After that I drifted from the West to the East (what else!) and now I am held by the Tao Te Ching which I read most days.

Brett

coops
12-03-2012, 12:21 AM
I like this one very much, well done:)

hypotaxis
12-03-2012, 03:04 PM
Thanks Katie.

Brett