Monday, May 10, 2010

Young tree

Isn't it funny how when you look at an old painting you know exactly when you painted it and why you painted it? Is that just a plein air thing..or do studio painters remember all their painting circumstances too? Well, the day I painted this tree study I was at Catherine Creek. I painted this when my Gorge painting didn't go as planned. Tonight, just for fun, I added a little blue to the sky in a Galkyd layer. I remember that I liked how this young tree handled the wind. It really wouldn't be pushed around much. A gorge tree is like that. Resilient.

Oil Sketch: Celeste Bergin,Young tree, canvas panel, 12x6 inches.

16 comments:

ArtSparker said...

A good spirit to have.

susanroden said...

I love this Celeste! Really can feel the wind. Beautiful painting.

Dan Kent said...

Such movement in still blobs of paint! My hair blew when I viewed this. Beautiful!

Art with Liz said...

This is great Celeste. I find trees incredibly hard to paint to gaze in awe at paintings like this!

Kathy said...

I'm captivated by this brilliant painting! You've captured the resilience of the tree to the forces of the wind and made it the sole focus. I could study this for hours! I really like the way you edit.

-Don said...

Yes. I remember in almost every one of my paintings what I was feeling or dealing with in life at the time I painted them. But, then, a lot of my work is more autobiographical than I should probably admit, so I guess that would be case...

I love your "Young Tree". Resilient, indeed...

-Don

Caroline Bray Art said...

This is gorgeous, especially the colours! It has a great atmosphere about it and is almost like a memory or distant dream in itself.

I don't paint plein air so I don't recall scenes as such when I see an old painting, instead I vividly recall the music/news I was listening to while painting. It always comes back so clearly and never ceases to amaze me!

AutumnLeaves said...

What magnificent brush strokes, Celeste. They make my eyes dance over each section of the piece. I do love trees and who wouldn't love a resilient gem such as this one?

Dean H. said...

Great art and thoughts to go with it, Celeste!
Although I haven't done much plein air, the few that I've done do evoke exact memories when I view them years later.

Janelle Goodwin said...

Yes, this painting has such life! Gorgeous painting!

Camille LaRue Olsen said...

Love the message and the way it's conveyed, Celeste. :0)

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

You have captured the sculpting effects of the wind on that tree! The wind in the Gorge provides challenges for the artist painting the tree, too!

When I paint plein air, I feel an intimacy with the scene. I know it like a friend. It's face is familiar and welcome. And, when I look at older pieces, the experience from that moment of plein air painting comes back in a technicolored rush.

With all of that richness waiting to be experienced, why do people avoid plein air painting?

Sheila said...

Resilient and beautiful in its flexibility and strength against nature's challenges. Beautiful. I love how you place the tree to the left. I get the feeling the wind is pushing from the right.

Mandy Higgs said...

I enjoy your work very much!!
~toodles
Mandy

Linda said...

You definitely caught the wind in this strong tree!

I've only painted plein air a few times, but when I look at the paintings the memories are strong and vivid. They are always good, too! :-)

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Celeste, this is one of my favorites of your paintings so far. Love the movement and color and just the whole thing! Nice job.