Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Urban blight and non-blight














I did some sketching today of urban scenes. One of the buildings I sketched was very dilapidated (it is located right behind the art store "I've Been Framed". What an interesting subject! "Gritty" landscape has been more appreciated over the last few years. Painters like William Wray have shown us that beauty is often where you least expect it. When I got around to painting tonight I painted over an old painting and opted to work from a photo of a street that is filled with water. It looked like the "wrong side of town"...and my mind was still on urban blight. I might tackle a plein air painting of that building behind the art supply store one day ...and if perchance I'd run low on titanium white, permanent rose and lemon yellow (colors I'd need for that building).. it would be a very short walk to get some at "I've been Framed".

Oil on 5 x 7 gessoed hardboard

21 comments:

Dan Kent said...

Blight never looked so beautiful! Love the colors and the hazy, impressionistic style..

ArtSparker said...

It's a luminous blight, though.

femminismo said...

Very nice sketches. I see you are a friend of Amanda Houston. She has a lot of work in Valley Art gallery, where I volunteer. Glad to stumble on you through ArtSparker. I'm also from Oregon.

rosedale's 4head said...

good lord that first piece is electrifying...! beautiful...luring.

Kathy said...

Another amazing transformation! Wonderful. Your drawings are very interesting and skillfully rendered, too. Thanks for sharing your unique process!

AutumnLeaves said...

So many beautiful pictures and pieces, Celeste. I love seeing your sketches and that painting is just amazing. Your palette lends so much. Gosh, I am so learning some nebulous (hard to articulate) lessons from your wonderful work!

billspaintingmn said...

These drawings are fun! That truck
is a strong composition.
I like the atmosphere in those color sketches, they are loose and
hold together beautifully!
You have the eyes to see the beauty, and the brains to put it down..
And the heart of gold to sing it so well to the rest of us!
Thank you for your posts Celeste,
they are encouraging.

Honor Martinez said...

Nice sketches!! Love the hazy look and colors. You have inspired me to try to sketch houses and cars. I think it will help me with perspective. I admire your versatility.

Dan Gliubizzi said...

Nice drawings, I like the the slight curve to the roof lines

Janelle Goodwin said...

I love how you show the build-up of one painting over the next. This scene absolutely glows!

Julie Hill said...

Celeste...this piece is striking yet so soothing. I love the colors and the looseness in it...and the glow too!

Manon Doyle said...

The mood and the light are so impressive! You are one uber talented woman.
Btw....I so enjoyed your comment on my blog yesterday.

Caio Fernandes said...

this post is incredible . i loved the sketches amd this really cool painting .
there is a truth in all this atitude of your eyes !!.

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

Gritty -- subject matter when you're accompanied by an armed guard, or fierce dog! Stay safe, friend!

-Don said...

Celeste, Your dedication to your craft is inspiring. And the work that comes from this dedication is a joy to behold. Thanks!

-Don

hwfarber said...

With your brush, everything becomes beautiful.

t_rAt said...

Beautiful atmospheric painting!

Marie Wise said...

I've always been fond of industrial scenes. The shapes and colors are always fascinating. You did a great job! I also like William Wray's work. He painted a backhoe once that was magnificent to behold! Thanks for sharing!

B Boylan said...

Love William Wray's work! More, I say, more!

Irina said...

Lovely!

Celeste Vaught said...

Excellent - especially like your sketches - really good work. Bill is definitely an inspiring painter!