After talking about one of my new favorite artist’s earlier this week, I got to thinking about my other favorite artists. My list has grown over the years, and I can’t believe I have not mentioned Chuck Close before. Drawing faces was one of my great loves when I was a kid, and I think Close takes portraiture to the extreme. He takes ordinary faces and blows them up to this enormous size that just looms over you when you see his work in person. It leaves me awe-struck. I’ve especially liked the direction he has taken recently with the more “pixelized” faces. It is amazing how he can make each square unique without losing the integrity of the portrait. I’m looking forward to getting the retrospective of his work soon.