Sunday, March 21, 2010

Me---in black & white

I was so impressed by a self portrait I saw on a blog recently* I decided to do one myself. I was kind of pressed for time so I opted to "be" black & white. What I know for certain is that half glasses belong on no one except Benjamin Franklin...and even he didn't really pull it off.
I spent some time straightening out my studio today. I still have plenty more to do, but I made a dent.
One of my studio clean-up projects is sorting through all my paints. I have lots of paint--cheap paint, expensive paint and everything in between. I finally know what brand I really prefer. This (pictured below) is my practice stash (red). I will likely never run out of practice paint. (and oddly enough....practice is just as rewarding to me with only black & white as it is with a complete palette).

* Check out Camille Olsen

Self portrait, cheap student grade white & ivory black on 9 x 12 paper/foam core

Upon further reflection, I believe my self portrait bears a strong resemblance to Granny Clampett:

22 comments:

hwfarber said...

I like the self-portrait--your love of painting shows in everything you do. What a stash of red paint!!

IronBear said...

Nice! I have always liked Black and White art. It is more dramatic looking. Not sure if that is the right word. Can art be "dramatic"? Not quite the same thing but I have friends that won't get colored tats for the same reason. BTW, I also wear half glasses for reading. :)

Camille LaRue Olsen said...

What fun to be told I inspired you today, Celeste; that just makes me so very happy! I linked back to you here also in my self-portrait blog entry.

This painting of yours really puts your spirit across, I love it. Such an elegant yet unself-conscious and straightfoward feeling about it; it says "serious artist." So striking.


You made my week, doing this!

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

Hey! I know this lovely woman!

I like how you captured yourself in this loose but accurate way. Doesn't look stiff or overworked. Just like you sat down, and painted what you saw.

Super work, Celeste!

GretaMichelle Joachim said...

Nice self-portrait Celeste. Loose and effortless. All that red. I don't know if I'll ever have so many.

Mariano Zucchi said...

Hi Celeste,
The self portrait is expressive and i like it a lot. The oil paint as put down by you is not cheap student paint, but an artist accomplished expression. I get the impression you love red! You have some good one's! Vasari Cad Red Light is my favorite, Followed by Utrecht and Rembrandt Reds. Winsor&Newton Permanent Rose make some fabolus pinks

lilasvb said...

great portrait!

Art with Liz said...

Wow Celeste, don't think you'll ever run out of paint. I agree with you about the glasses, but this is one terrific portrait - great idea to do it in black and white!

AutumnLeaves said...

Gosh, Celeste! I love this! I am so loving all the black and white paintings I'm seeing on the blogs I follow of late! Ann Gorbett has done a few of amazing paintings herself in these hues and values. I have to say I think you look quite cute in your readers, darlin'! And that expression on your face is priceless and brought a smile to my own this a.m. Please do not paint over this one. It belongs over your desk or in your studio above your work station!

Dean H. said...

Love how expressive and painterly this is! Half glasses are great on you. I can easily envision this on the hundred dollar bill! The look in your eye says, "Straighten up, America!"
Your red hoard gave me a great laugh this morning! Thanks, Celeste! You're the best!

Kathy said...

Your self-portrait is wonderful! The half-glasses add to the intensity of your gaze, and you look lovely.

Perry Brown said...

Great study painting, Celeste! You achieved a lot of impact with few strokes.

Honor Martinez said...

Love the portrait! It shows how much can be accomplished with an economy of strokes. Great value exercise also. What brand did you finally come to prefer?

martinealison said...

Lovely and amazing self-portrait! Like photos i prefer white and black for a portrait. Good work.

Dan Gliubizzi said...

Good painting. With the glasses too! I like that kind of honesty in a self-portrait, though I hate having to actually wear the half glasses UGH!

Bill Sharp said...

Nice one, Celeste. I have a pair of glasses like that for the studio. I think they look great.

Kaia Thomas said...

I enjoy your paintings and your humor very much. Your posts never disappoint. Thank you so much for sharing your adventures in art! You capture personality in this piece, especially with the glasses and that's always key in portraits.

Stephen Parker said...

Celeste, I love the looseness of this, along with the candid expression and what appears to be a very good likeness, judging from your profile photo.

I want to mention that I enjoy your writing also. Each time I've visited, the writing exudes a wonderfully sardonic wit.

best regards,
Stephen

Karen E. Lewis said...

Oh my goodness, what a lot of paint!

Lokelani Forrest said...

What a wonderful SP. I love the B/W. Those half glasses add so much character to your great expression.

monajonescordell said...

Actually the glasses gives it an added humanistic hit. this piece is so fresh and fast looking. enjoy it very much.

L.Holm said...

Wow, Celeste, this is fantastic! It's so immediate and fresh.
I think you look pretty sharp in the ben frankies. :-D