Sunday, January 24, 2010

Sunshower

My Mother would always say "the Devil is in his workshop" during a sunshower. (A sunshower is when rain is falling simultaneously while the sun is shining). Mom was Irish and the Irish seem to have an endless supply of colorful sayings and folklore. If the palm of your hand itches you will be coming into money! If your ear itches and it is red and hot, someone is talking about you... (I could go on and on!)

Oil on 5x7 gessoed board

22 comments:

-Don said...

I just went and rubbed the palms of both hands on some poison ivy. I hope it works...

Your sunshower is a gorgeous. I love when the sky is that bright of a blue. Adding the dark orange in the field makes the blue pop even more. Great job.

-Don

Gregory Becker said...

That is a beautiful painting. It would stand out in a room full of paintings.

Celeste Bergin said...

thanks Don and Gregory..! I worked extra on this painting to get the correct temperatures in the sky! Thanks a lot!

Janelle Goodwin said...

This is an especially beautiful luminous landscape. Love it! Sun showers are the best. I remember putting my bathing suit on and going outside during sun showers when I was about six years old.

Arte Sublime said...

How lovely .How beautiful Celeste!

AutumnLeaves said...

Ah, those lowering skies! I can almost feel the humidity. A lovely painting, Celeste! Thanks too for your comment I found this morning. Always makes my day! I grew up hearing that if your palm itched you were coming into money. As I got older, that particular adage got more specific. Apparently one palm (can't remember which) means money coming in; the other means money going out (alas and alack). LOL I love those old sayings!

Caio Fernandes said...

incredible !!
this sky has real light !!

billspaintingmn said...

This painting has that sunshower
feel. Love the sky colors.
I wish I were Irish!( I think there's some, but never enough!)

Kathy said...

Another gorgeous painting! Have you ever painted these on a large scale (5' or greater)? They'd be magnificent on a large scale, too. Also, love the Irish lore. My palms haven't itched in a long time, but my ears have ;-)

ArtSparker said...

Lovely landscape. Do you know the song?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knQuxZj9rTA&feature=related%22

jess said...

This is amazing! Once I saw this, I couldn't look away!

hwfarber said...

Another beautiful painting.

If your left hand itches, you'll come into money. If it's the right, you'll meet a stranger (and shake his hand).

Dean H. said...

Great focal point! Love the variances of color!

Karen E. Lewis said...

The dark bit in the back by the sun looks like a castle. I want to be there.

Roberto Marín said...

Celeste, the painting is beautiful.
and: in my cauntry when rain is falling and the sun also is in the sky, people said "an old woman is married".Sorry if I wrote bad this, I hope that you understand the phrase.
Roberto

Elizabeth Seaver said...

This is scrumptious, Celeste!

It is even more beautiful than the last day when "the devil was beating his wife" that I saw. That's what my grandmother used to say, and she was from old Virginia. Not sure where it comes from, but it's not as nice as your mom's saying.

Your title is lovely and appropriate.

rahina q.h. said...

beautiful colours Celeste! hey, being in Scotland and jsut a stone throw from Ireland, i have heard that if your right palm is itchy then money is coming and if your left then it's leaving... poor Don, he is going to be no better off than before except in a bit more pain:)

Kellie Marian Hill said...

such a beautiful painting! my grandma (lumbee indian) always said the devil was beating his wife during a sunshower :-/ you have to wonder how those sayings get started!

Julie Hill said...

Celeste,

The glow and light in this painting is just delicious! Would love to see a huge version of this.

Gary Keimig said...

We in Wyoming get a lot of those sun showers. At times in the summer with a few drops falling we call it the rainy season.
You did a great job on it. Nice painting.

Mary Jane said...

This is such a beauiful painting. It brings memories of moments like this. The second last time I walked my old dog, shortly before she died, there was a sunshower and I looked to see the rainbow. And it was there over the city like a promise of hope for the future. Your painting captures that feeling of hope and sense of something bigger and more wonderful than we can imagine. A deep spiritual aspect. Wow!

Suzanne said...

Beautiful painting, Celeste ! I thought of you when we had another sunshower yesterday afternoon.