Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Fortuitous mistake

I have confessed to some of you that my basement studio where I do a lot of my paintings is ---well---at times-----kind of messy. There was a time in my life where I liked my art area to be "just so"--but recently I've allowed it to just get out of hand. (sue me! haha) Anyway, largely because of this "disarray" situation, I squeezed out phthalo blue instead of ultramarine blue (mistake). Phthalo blue is a ridiculously strong color, but I just went ahead and used it as if it were the more conservative Ultramarine. Hey! half way through I realized phthalo blue was a nifty error. Look how "Russian-impressionist" this painting looks. I might just use phthalo instead of ultramarine again! Now what about you..have you made an out-and-out error only to have it go more right than wrong?

Painting: Celeste Bergin, Flowers from the yard, Oil on canvas panel, 6 x 8 inches. ©2010.

18 comments:

thejamesranch said...

LOL...personally I think the blues are the highlight of that painting!! Very nice!

-Don said...

I LOVE phthalo blue! It's my favorite blue to use of them all...

When I saw the browse image of this beautiful painting I said out loud, "oh yeah". And I meant it.

-Don

nouvelles couleurs - vienna atelier said...

Celeste this one is very nice, very expressive

Kathy said...

Phthalo blue is so intense, and I really like the intensity it gives to your painting. It pops!! Mistakes - yes, I make them all the time and the best way to handle them is the way you do - use them to your advantage! Beautiful painting.

AutumnLeaves said...

In my ignorance, I didn't know there were Russian Impressionists, but I have to say that I can see what you mean anyway! LOL I got such a kick out of your story of the use of pthalo blue in error and could just picture you in your studio beginning to paint, paint tubes strewn all about in wild abandon!! LOLOL Gosh Celeste. You are so cool, truly. This painting is so beautiful and I really like the blue you chose, giving the vase a sense of heaviness and stolidity. Gorgeous!! (I can so see this over a buffet/sidebar in a fancy dining room in a gorgeous home!)

Dan Gliubizzi said...

I like the Phalo accident! Nice painting.
I once showed up at a Plein Aire location without brushes! I cut twigs off a tree and did the nicest loosest painting

Susan Roux said...

It reminded me of Nora Kasten's work. Now there's a compliment!

Ok, you convinced me. Good mistake...

Linda Popple said...

This is a gorgeous painting painting! The phthalo blue gives it so much saturation and depth!

Of course, I never make mistakes! LOL Actually, I make so many that it is hard to determine which ones are successful! This "mistake" of yours is awesome - must do it again! :-)

Carol DeMumbrum said...

I love it!! I would stick with the phthalo blue— I need to add that to my palette. Thanks for sharing—beautiful.

hwfarber said...

There are no mistakes--they're learning opportunities. Your studio is beginning to sound a bit like mine.

Beautiful painting.

Pam Holnback said...

I, too, just used thalo blue for backgrounds on several small pieces. It is fun, but oh so strong.

Marie Theron said...

Very alive, Celeste. Phthalo lies untouched in my paintbox...too scared to use it as it seems to take over. But using it with other strong colors you have created an electric work!

Gregory Becker said...

Celeste, I must say that this is probably the most beautiful piece I have ever seen from you. When I clicked on it, I honestly got goose bumps. It's art.
Make sure you get a good price for it.

Gregory Becker said...

Hi Celeste, I got goosebumps when I saw this. It is definitely one of the most beautiful pieces you've done. Be sure to get a good price for it.

Gregory Becker said...

Opps I thought my comment didn't go through and commented twice and now I've done it thrice. I'm not awake yet. More coffee

Dan Kent said...

I agree with your assessment. Da. (yes, in Russian). Or is it Dah? Beautiful. Love how you are so varied in subject.

Tina Steele Lindsey said...

The colors and the looseness are marvelous.

Cobalt Violet said...

FanTAStic!!! Go phthalo!!!
I love how loose it is. Just gorgeous.