Thursday, June 11, 2009


Today in the PPASP art discussion group at Bread & Ink we spent a fair amount of time talking about my workshop with Mitch Baird. Mitch is the hands-down crowned prince of green. We all talked about how green is a challenge for the beginner plein air artist as well as the veteran. We wondered..why do we insist on exaggerating nature? Yesterday I had to scrap a green painting (painted in my back yard). I had felt hurried and that's no way to go into a painting.  Today was different...I read through all my notes from the workshop before I painted this and I took my time..thinking about all the relationships and warm versus cool greens. I know this is world's better than my earlier green paintings. 

Oil on 6 x 8 canvas panel 


Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

Beautiful! The greens make sense and your painting looks lively and un-exaggerated. Good job!

Celeste Bergin said...

thanks Katherine! I agree--I managed to subdue the greeeeeens.

Chuck Dilmore said...

beautiful, Celeste!
incredible work!


Dean H. said...

You tamed those greens...cracked the whip and have 'em jumping through hoops! Great variety and movement.
I like that bit of yellow ochre in the tree.

Gary Keimig said...

Like the way you handled it all. Greens are definitely a hard one to work with and I think you are getting a handle on it. Liked those earlier posts too.
Good job.