I was dissatisfied with what I painted earlier today...so I turned it over and painted this simple made-up portrait on the other side. I painted it directly onto the pressboard..and no matter..it's just a practice sketch in paint. (I was a little surprised that this came out better than some of the portraits I've toiled over)! Funny how that is. :)
Oil sketch, Celeste Bergin, Made-up-portrait, oil on pressboard, 10x8
This (semi)-nocturne of the Columbia River was painted with cad yellow, naples yellow, burnt sienna, ultramarine blue and white.
......And it just so happens that the art discussion group's topic last week was about clouds. Here I am taking John Carlson's advice and sketching clouds in pencil. He says that the best way to understand anything is to observe and sketch it. Well, doh! haha. I really love sketching and I never get tired of it. That is the new Tilikum Bridge in the distance. (Tilikum translates to bridge of the people)
To see what everyone brought to the art discussion meeting....go here. Now I am off to check out your blogs..to see what you have been doing.
Painting: Celeste Bergin, Rain over the River, oil on 8x8 canvas panel
There is a lot "wrong" with this start....but there are some right things too. At least I know what the issues are, which is what made me stop where I did. Even though I did another painting after this one...I wound up liking the energy in this one best. Did you have a happy Easter? I sure hope so. Oh, and I went to art discussion last week....to see what everyone brought go HERE
Oil Painting Start, Celeste Bergin, from Powell Butte, oil on 8x8 canvas panel
This is a made up diner sign...out of my head. I used only orange, blue and white acrylic and painted it on paper. Don't you love painting screwball things like this sometimes... just for the fun of it?
My plein air friend Cathleen Rehfeld told me about Liz Steele who provides some really great drawing tutorials...you can find one HERE.
And .....here's a shot from the parking lot where we had lunch today....just so you know what kind of weather we're having.
(Top Photo) "Idea" painting, Celeste Bergin, Diner Sign, acrylic on 6x6 paper
Evidence that I am a complete sap when it comes to cats and dogs...here I am photographing a neighbors orange cat (without his express permission, I might add). Hey kitty...Pictures, or it didn't happen.
This is yet a different orange cat...this is my neighbor's cat who is taking up residence on my porch. The blanket is there just for him.
Now that you are up-to-date on zee orange cats ...here is how my complements and notan experiment came out. It is done with just yellow and purple and white. Her face has kind of a kabuki look. I'm just going to leave it here (since it is just an experiment). Next I'll do an orange/blue experiment. For those who asked what is notan...here is a great video from Mitch Albala:
(Painting) Celeste Bergin, High Fashion, oil on 12x9 canvas panel
(To celebrate its summer special exhibition: The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden) Event Dates: 8/8/2014 - 8/10/2014 Reception: 8/9/2014 Location: Portland Art Museum (503) 226-2811 1219 SW Park Ave Portland OR 97205
Alla Prima Portland First Annual Invitational Group Show 2014