Monday, March 15, 2010

An encouraging word!

A new friend told me today that some of my floral paintings reminded her a bit of Manet's paintings. Whoa! First off, I do love Manet and secondly I respect her opinion... I know that she wouldn't say that if she didn't mean it. We painters can go through very long stretches without one honest word directed to us about what we do. Is it because people don't know what to say to us? I have a relative who sometimes says: "You still painting pictures?" When I respond affirmatively she moves quickly to the next subject. No problem, there are plenty of subjects that I am not drawn to...understood! However, from time to time I think one should make a point of saying something to a painter (or any creative type) that will hearten them! Art-making is a tough racket. Sometimes it takes a lot of mettle to keep going... I painted daffodils today... because I heard "your flowers remind me of Manet's flowers" reverberating around in my head.


oil on 9 x 12 canvas panel



P.S. In Eric Jacobsen's workshop handout there was a quote that reads something along the lines of: "Remember, you are never as good a painter or as bad a painter as you think."

22 comments:

Sheila said...

My encouraging world has been my blogging pals. Wonderful artists like you inspire and encourage me and it has helped make this entry dive into the art world so much less chilly than it could have been.

Kaylyn said...

WE artistic ones do tend to be sensitive types! (that's a good thing)

Your daffodil reminds me of a Celeste Bergin. She's one of my favorite artists.

martinealison said...

Je pense que chacun à sa propre écriture, chacun tente de jour en jour à l'améliorer. Au fond de notre coeur nous avons un maître de référence et inconsciemment nous en sommes imbibés...
Amitiés.

ArtSparker said...

That daffodil is smiling.

nouvelles couleurs - vienna atelier said...

Hi Celeste! Your friend has made you a wonderfull compliment!
Your flowers are wonderfull too :-)

see you

you have a grat talent Celeste

AutumnLeaves said...

Gosh, Celeste. Your comment hit home for me. Much as I love all my blogging buddies, no one will come right out and tell me that I really suck as an artist! LOL Then again I think they are just being nice because they like me. Then I think of myself when I leave comments and I have to say that I always have something good to say about the artists I follow. Why? Because I originally found their blogs by seeing their art or a link to their art (thumbnails) on another blog. I follow them because I like their work! Then too, even if a piece doesn't always appeal to me, I can still see the vision of the artist and their technique, their palette choices, etc.

Your pieces have a unique style and sometimes a darkness (as in this painting) that truly appeals to me and pulls me in. There is a bit of mystery, a bit of a sense of history that I love. This painting is no exception. I think the daffs are gorgeous and the difference is that they are not in your face but subdued. I like that alot! Color me a huge fan of Celeste Bergin art!

Kathy said...

Your friend spoke elements of the truth, there is a resemblance to Manet, but even more importantly the work is uniquely Celeste Bergin! It doesn't get any better than that. For me, I like viewing your paintings because they're both beautiful and meaningful. They connect with the viewer. You were born to paint.

Art with Liz said...

This is really soft and beautiful Celeste and I echo Sheila's comment totally about this incredible blogging circle.

Honor Martinez said...

You have made the daffodil the center of the show! The muted but colorful background just emphasizes it's beauty. You are so right about a word of encouragement and I know from experience you practice what you preach. Thanks for your support. Honor

Janelle Goodwin said...

I agree with Sheila. Art bloggers "get it". And you are very encouraging to other artists. Thank you!

Ralph said...

Celeste you are such a joy, such a wonderful person and you art touches my inner being like few artists do. This painting makes me alive with joy and gives me hope. I is just another marvellous work of art capturing all the beauty in such an undefined way. One day I hope I can leave just just a feeling with another human being as you have left with me.

PAMO said...

Celeste- Kathy hit the nail on the head- YOU were BORN to paint. It's just SO obvious. I'm glad you're still painting pictures. You are an artist's artist. Thank you.

hwfarber said...

The daffodil is my favorite flower. I agree that this is a beautiful Celeste Bergin and you were born to paint.

Caio Fernandes said...

your friend isn't blind .

Nancie Johnson said...

That single daffodil in the middle jumped out at me from a thumbnail of your work on another blog. Had to stop by to say I really like this piece.

rahina q.h. said...

so true Celeste! these flowers and the previous posts have been beautifully paintedwith atmosphere:)

-Don said...

I see the joy in this Celeste Bergin... Beautifully done!

I love everything about this, from the undefined suggestions of flower pot and flowers leading my eye to the center of interest, to the expressive strokes, to the raw colors, to the unblinking gaze of that lovely center of interest who somehow looks straight into my soul - making me ask myself, "am I as good or as bad as I think?".

AWESOME!

-Don

Marie Wise said...

Very 'Schmidish' if you ask me!

Linda said...

I agree with everyone else! This is a lovely painting!

Mary Jane said...

I come here to your blog to be inspired by your creativity and your skill and your wisdom. Please keep on painting daffodils and anything your heart desires because you are a fine artist and we like your stuff. And I thank you for your supportive comments to me. They keep me going.

Dean H. said...

This is a very accomplished painting!

Celeste, I have watched your art progress since 2004. So I know whereof I speak! I recall when you first tried oils. You have come a long,long way, my friend.
Plus your commentary is giving and informative. Your sense of humor brightens many days.

Well, that's enough for now. Look for another admiration session in around 6 more years. Lol

Kerri Settle said...

I'm so behind on my art blogs that I didn't even see this post until today, but I had to comment because it's honest, and true! Often my non-artist friends and family will only mention my art to ask how sales are going, so when I get a nugget of information from them on how they view the art itself, it's very motivating. I also enjoy the perspective that a non-artist brings when viewing my work.