Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Grand Opera


Sometimes you just have to paint something that is a bit "much". What's the point of being an oil painter if you don't go for the occasional big over-the-top scene? It is a rite of passage..yes?



Painting: Celeste Bergin, Sunset, Oil on gessoed hardboard, 9x12 inches. ©2010.



21 comments:

Mariano Zucchi said...

Hi Celeste,
very very sweet, love the sun coming trough. A great impression. Also i love the title you gave it. And you are absolutly right! You have to put your feeling to it! Let the cips fall where they may you have done your job!

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

Sometimes life is operatic! Like this bold scene. I like the brazen color, interesting shapes, and eye-poppingness of it. But, I also like opera! Well done!

-Don said...

Rich, big, and over the top! Love it.

-Don

Kaylyn said...

I think the 'bit much' is just right. This is beautiful, Celeste. I think the strong colors that may feel a bit much are balanced by the values and composition so they sing without overwhelming.

Is is sort of operatic. A little Wagnerian in his lighter moments!

Mary Jane said...

I love it. This painting gives me a feeling in my gut. The feeling one feels when spotting a rainbow. You know you could never paint it but you want to.

Ralph said...

Wow Celeste this for me is the best I have seen from you in all the great works I have seen. What a marvellous sky that is. I could lie and look at the sky for hours.

Art with Liz said...

Terrific! Absolute love the way this works.

Kathy said...

You're right!! Say it BIG and say it with STYLE. You did both.

AutumnLeaves said...

Celeste, I can only say, "Oh wow!" These colors are magnificent and I love landscapes at any time. This is a top favorite. Just absolutely beautiful.

Susan Roux said...

Paint over the top more! This is so striking.

Caio Fernandes said...

oh my God !! this is really epic !!!
doesn't matter the size of the board , i bet it takes all the room when you hang on the wall !!

perfect .
just perfect .

billspaintingmn said...

Love the colors! Over the top is an exuberation(?spllng) we all want to experence. And you've done that here!
I can hear the high note!

ArtSparker said...

This pushes up against abstraction I think - Wonderful expansiveness.

Mary Jane said...

I do love this you know. It is so beautiful. I'd hang it on my wall and look at it every day and feel so good about being alive.

Dean H. said...

I'm in total agreement, Celeste!
Bravo to your color crescendo!

hwfarber said...

This is grand!

Carol Anne Brown said...

Why not go 'over the top'? We know what 'realism' looks like already! Show us how you 'felt' it.
I love it. Drew me right in.

Elizabeth Seaver said...

It is more in the nature of a challenge, no pun intended. It is dramatic and lovely, Celeste.

Perry Brown said...

Great interpretation-love the color!

Pam Holnback said...

Love the drama of this.

Linda said...

Everyone has said it - FANTASTIC!! Well done!