Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Elio's painting from today


This is the painting that Elio did while we worked on our paintings during today's workshop. He took a short break (from instructing us and helping us all day long)...Off in a dark section of the room, for a very short while, suddenly he emerged with THIS. Elio has been telling us that those people who won't practice still life because they think it is "dull" are selling themselves short. All good artists will practice still life, he says, because it is a perfect opportunity to control your own environment and really engage in direct observation. All of us in the workshop agreed that his painting is proof positive that if you put down the right values, the right shapes, the right temperatures and colors...Voila! ....you'll have a really beautiful painting.

8 comments:

r garriott said...

Looks like a fantastic workshop. I like what Elio says about still life (and a marvelous demo as well). Looking forward to seeing what you do next!

Ann Buckner said...

Love this still life painting. What a great workshop you are taking.

Ann Buckner said...

I am enjoying reading about your workshop and seeing your work. That is a wonderful painting by Mr. Camacho.

Sherrie Russ Levine said...

Wow Celeste, this one is really loose and soft at the same time. Bravo!

Dean H. said...

I just went back and caught up on your posts about this workshop. Enjoyed following what you did. Elio sounds like quite a good teacher! Really liked his quick still life.

Jill Berry said...

Thanks so much for posting your workshop experience, it's the next best thing to being there. I enjoyed becoming familiar with his work as well as yours. Thanks for commenting on mine recently.
ps- I had a Triumph in college, a burgundy TR6. Guess that does not qualify me for the Spitfire group.

Janelle Goodwin said...

What a lively, happy painting. Wow!

Celeste Bergin said...

thanks for commenting all..Sherrie I wish this was my painting! I am *working* on getting as good as Elio...lol!