Sunday, April 4, 2010

Sunday's child

The lump of dark gray paint (in the first small photo below) is paint scraped up into a heap from last night's end-of-the-painting-session colors. Would it make a good background color for today's painting?
I began with a loose sketch in paint over an an old study. I added Titanium white to the gray and roughed in the background. The vase was established opaquely and in a medium-dark value. I placed darks adjacent to the main flower--to heighten the light value of the lily. Using that same lump of gray (and white) I placed some strokes over the dark vase to create the illusion of glass. This painting is entitled: "Sunday's child" in honor of Evangeline Ruth Hutchins, born today--Easter! (I remember when Evangeline's Mom was born..it seems like yesterday!---A bonus is that Evangeline is my dear friend Van W's first name. Congratulations to N&W, cofam, and Great Grandpa Dave!)


























Painting: Celeste Bergin, Sunday's child, Oil on canvas panel, 8 x 10 inches. ©2010.

18 comments:

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

What a great way to celebrate!! A new life. Thank you for sharing your joy and good news!

AutumnLeaves said...

Celeste, this is just a beautiful floral painting. The colors are just the type to draw me in and allow me to find my rest, so to speak. If you are remembering when Evangeline's mom was born (and it seems like yesterday), I can only assume that you have a new granddaughter in Evangeline? (And I love her name!) And if Evangeline's mom is your daughter (well, even if she is not), she is a beauty herself. Congratulations!!

Susan Roux said...

Its amazing how you can create out of a mess! Such a dreamy feeling...

Kathy said...

This painting is an amazing transformation that I really love. The cool colors and delicate subject, so sensitively rendered, are really appealing! Great title and cuuuuute baby!

Jani Lori said...

Wonderful...love the light, color and life in this!

Celeste Bergin said...

thank you Kvan, Sherry, Susan, Kathy, and Jan! Appreciate your comments...! Evangeline is my "great grandbaby"--as her Mom is my granddaughter through my first marriage. Everyone is so happy--it is a big thrill!

Sherrie Russ Levine said...

This is gorgeous, you can feel the joy!!

Tina Steele Lindsey said...

Wow, Celeste, I haven't been on your blog in a while to see all the new work, love it! Love your looseness and great sense of color.
Congrats on the work, and the new great-grandchild - Evangeline is such a beautiful name!

Mary Jane said...

I really like what you did with that fellow turned upside down canvas. It makes me want to take out my unwanted paintings that I have turned to the wall and I might give acrylic painting another try.
And having a new child in the family is such a gift!
Yesterday, my Easter treat was my two year old grandson running in delight across a lawn towards me. Nothing can match that kind of love and acceptance. You have good things in store

-Don said...

Congrats, Great-Grandma!

Wow! "Sunday's Child" is gorgeous. I always enjoy seeing your progressions. Great use of your palette scrapings. Love it!

-Don

Suzanne said...

What a lovely painting, Celeste! It's intriguing to see your step by step photos of the creativity. Always so different than how I imagine.
Beautiful thoughts for celebrating Easter.

Dean H. said...

Beautiful painting and post! Love those progress photos! Congrats Great Grandma! Lovely baby!

Caio Fernandes said...

oh Celesta my child .... you are always a master of the pictorial metamorphoses .
and God bless this beutiful baby .

Mary Paquet said...

Celeste, this piece is luscious. I loved seeing the stages. Amazingly done. You've given me some ideas as I just covered a small piece with paint scrapings and wondered way to go next. I joined your blog to keep up to date.

Thanks for visiting my blog entry about Wayne Thiebaud. He is a national treasure and I felt so fortunate to hear him speak in person. He is so very genuine and humble.

Mariano Zucchi said...

Hi Celeste,
a great presentation . I really liked your vase, and thanks for sharing good news. You always so busy ..... probably that's why you look so young.

Linda said...

Love this painting and the story!! What a beautiful baby!! Thanks for sharing!

Gregory Becker said...

This flower painting is absolutely beautiful.

becky joy said...

A great celebration. Beautiful colors and it looks like you really enjoyed doing this one.