Friday, May 14, 2010

Breaking some "rules"

A painter is taught to stay away from using too much white! White can kill a painting almost as quickly as black (we're cautioned about chalkiness). I used all kinds of white in this just for fun. So sue me! This is one time when too much white seemed ok.

Oil Sketch: Celeste Bergin, The white house, canvas panel, 5x7 inches.

12 comments:

-Don said...

You are such a rebel! You've proven that chalkiness isn't necessarily in order when too much white is used by the right person. Keep on breaking those rules, sister...

-Don

Kathy said...

Some of my favorite paintings are white on white (e.g. Sargent's "Fumer d'amber gris" and John's "American Flag"). Sometimes the "rules" make no sense at all, and nothing is absolute when it comes to art. Your painting is wonderfully enriched by the use of white!

Caroline Bray Art said...

Yup, rules were certainly made to be broken! And you've broken them brilliantly here as the white doesn't look chalky but adds mystery and atmosphere. Great stuff!

AutumnLeaves said...

Sigh...Celeste, this is so beautiful and I think one of my favorites of your paintings. There is such a serenity, such a sense of peace and calm. I would so love to live in this little gem. Gorgeous!

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Where would art be if artists didn't break rules? How boring! Keep pushing at those limits, Celeste.

Pam Holnback said...

Rules, once we know them, are made to be broken.

Michelle said...

Breaking the rules definitely worked in your favor! Has a wonderful dreamy, atmospheric quality!

Sheila said...

Never say never... you proved that correct. Love the light and bright feeling of this painting. You go Girl!

billspaintingmn said...

If the art police ever saw this, they would turn in their badges.
This reminds me of a summer cottage, somewhere in a dream. Heavenly.

Casey Klahn said...

A continual joy to read your blog. I like this one, and several others. Kira has great composition and you captured the model. You're well able to let your voice speak over technique.

hwfarber said...

Bill is right--it's like a cottage in a dream.

Gregory Becker said...

Screw the rules that is beautiful