Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Sun setting over wetlands (Brent Cotton study)

This is a complex scene that I did battle* with today. The difficulty was in staving off weird shapes happening here and there. The strong shape in the water looked like the state of Texas for awhile...and after a day or so I will probably go back and try to break up a couple other "oddities" shape-wise. *I always remember Eric Jacobsen saying during a plein air workshop: "You are at war". To the uninitiated that may sound overly dramatic...but painting can feel like the enemy at times! This is a practice painting from a Cotton reference, but still.. I felt like I had to "fight" all the way for correct relationships, values, shapes and temperatures. I'm not sure I won...but I fought..


Oil on 6x6 gessoed hardboard

28 comments:

Kaylyn said...

Well I'm glad you were able to massage Texas out. Now it looks like..(just kidding) I know what you mean about wrestling with a painting. For me it comes about halfway through where my 'final' approach turns into a choatic mess. Just have to slowly sort it out and its usually a better painting for the effort.

CARMELINA LOUNSBURY said...

You have definately won, darling Celeste! Don't get so hung up on your photo comparisons...to the onlooker it is a beautiful painting, a successful and romantic one too!

I know what it's like to personaly not be satisfied with your own work...but trust me,,,,it's be-gorgeous :D

ciao

ArtSparker said...

I remember that from art school that oils seemed like something alive...

-Don said...

The legend of your brave battle will be told around campfires for years to come. You stayed the course and live to fight another day. Gorgeous!

-Don

Jasmine said...

You did win this one. I love it and all the play with light and reflection. The picture has an amazing warmth to it. Very beautiful.

Mariano Zucchi said...

Hi Celeste,
I love your fight! Very romantic colors. Happy pasinting

billspaintingmn said...

Ha! I like the way Don puts it :)
The colors and rythem in this piece makes you a Kung-Fu Priest.

Carolina Moon Arts Studio said...

Celeste, just when i think i've found my favorite you post another one!! Beautiful. worth the "battle"!

AutumnLeaves said...

Golly, Celeste. I can so relate to your words as I am in much the same situation with my Ashcan painting. But I do not have the facility of you professional artists, nor the skill. Kind of like going into battle without a gun! LOLOL I think this is a beautiful painting, truly. I love the autumn-y colors and those trees on the right in the distance? Mysterious and I am wanting to walk along the waterway and right on into them to explore and to hear and smell the leaves beneath my feet. I see nothing amiss with the shapes, though vaguely can see something close to the state of TX. Still and yet, isn't that the fun part of life? Much like seeing shapes in the clouds...(which I still do).

Carol Schiff Studio said...

Celeste, You won the war! It is beautiful and I love the warm tones. Don't touch it again.

Cathyann said...

Robert Henri said the same thing...what often belies a seemingly simple effort is a battlefield...
your efforts have paid off. This has a wonderful feeling to it, Celeste.

Kathy said...

Sometimes it's the struggle that brings out the best in us. Nice work!

Caio Fernandes said...

the lights are so well balanced ....
wonderful ...i feel like to drink this image now .

Manon Doyle said...

Hey Celeste,
Thanks for your comment on my blog yesterday. I've seen you so many times around other blogs and I came here and couldn't believe I wasn't following you. Your art is incredible.
This painting is stunning!!

Ann Buckner said...

Love the impact this painting has - those lovely neutrals, the mix of color. Wonder what changes you will make (if any) and will be waiting to see.

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

Hi Celeste! Beautiful painting! I think that you've won the battle over difficult shapes, but you already more than succeeded with getting the color, values, and temperatures right! It must be a sign of progress when the battle is just on one front. Kvan

nouvelles couleurs - vienna atelier said...

wonderfull light celeste!!

Sheila said...

Well with all the wonderful feedback you've already received, I just want to add my own admiration for you sticking to your guns and working on this until you were happy with it. I saw this in the thumbnail and again I was amazed how much depth and feeling you are able to capture on a compact canvas. The colors you chose are so warm and inviting, I want to just in the painting and explore!

Julie Hill said...

Celeste...YOU Won!! this is a great painting the composition, the values, the colors...just love your color choices. Well done!

Dean H. said...

I agree with the "battle" comparison. I have long held that even a drawing was a battle to define proper shapes,angles, distances, etc. A painting is even more so.
Battle on, Celeste...you are winning!

Marie Theron said...

Celeste, you really write well. I giggled at your description! I once noticed a complete baby wearing a diving helmet in a beautiful watercolour abstract painting of mine!As you know, one cannot fiddle with watercolours. I framed the painting upside down to avoid seeing the baby! Thanks for the visit!

IronBear said...

I really like this, Celeste. It reminds me of some of the places that I have hiked in New Jersey. BTW, I think I am gonna start posting some of my daughter's art in my non training blog. I envy your talent. Thanks for the smiles.

PAMO said...

Beautiful colors- beautiful composition! Thank you so much for sharing your process. You have won the battle for sure!! The colors in this one really speak to me.

Lokelani Forrest said...

This is a beautiful painting. I love the colors you've chosen. Very well done...bravo.

Marie Wise said...

You definitely are the victor! Congratulations!

Michael Orwick, Orwick Arts said...

Nice image the size is so small.
http://www.cottonfinearts.com/slideshow2005.htm look at Brent Cotton's painting "Refuge". the design is similar. Your tonal work is coming along so nicely.

B Boylan said...

Damn! This is stunning! I almost missed this post, glad I perused the dashboard a bit longer!

Gwen Bell said...

Got lost in time staring at this gorgeous painting. The large view reveals so much color and detail. The areas where the reds meet the pinks and oranges is mesmerizing. You most definitely won the war!