Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Life painting session --Jennifer


Well, 3/4's of the way through this portrait I felt I made Jennifer look pretty heroic..and tres rouge! Maybe I can hit her with a green layer after she dries to kill all that red. Nah, I never revisit these things.
Her hair is accurate for color--her skin, er--no.
P.S. Personal Direct Message to Theo/Nyko--do not write to me to tell me that she is too red! cut me slack, man! I'll do better next time, I swear.
Painting: Celeste Bergin, Jennifer, Oil on canvas panel, 16 x 20 inches. ©2010.
Oil sketch: Celeste Bergin, Seated Jennifer, Oil on canvas panel, 11 x 14 inches. ©2010.
Have you seen some of Picasso's very early 1900's females? They were magnificent!

11 comments:

Caio Fernandes one more Lord's lamb said...

incredible , see what are references ;
i can't look at this and see the best of the Giacommetti's painting . that i had a huge influence in my life and was definitive for my way to see and produce art .
i think it is a powerful work , and poetic at the same time .

( you posted earlier today !! i like to catch your posts still fresh )

hugs and kisses my dear friend .

Kitty Wallis said...

I was admiring the portrait of Jennifer, the strength, the colors, the feeling, loving the force of it... until I read that it's too red, needing a wash of green but you 'never revisit these things'...

Oh... 'thing'?

Dan Kent said...

I like it. You can never be too red or too green.

lilasvb said...

beautifull

Rachel Harvey said...

very evocative. someone used the word "strength," and I agree. No revisit necessary!

Gary Keimig said...

its great Celeste. Loved your Thalo Blue. Mistakes are born to be made with me. So much fun and look what we learn. Anyway they can sure build character.

Harry Kent said...

don't you dare touch that hair!! if your itching to add green, put a soild dab nearby to make even REDDER! - fire on her head, fire in your brush

i absolutely agree, never revisit these things ... like "love is never having to say youre sorry" (was that Ali MacGraw and Ryan O'Neal's line?)

she is heroic indeed ... it's the only way to live

AutumnLeaves said...

Hi Celeste; I think she is beautiful! Quite regal looking too. I went to a Picasso show at the Tacoma Art Museum on a PLU night (I am an alum) and it was fabulous. I was blown away by Picasso's earlier works. They are much more beautiful to my eyes than his later and more abstract pieces. Gorgeous stuff! (Loved your personal direct message too!) I never revisit pieces either...

Dean H. said...

She is a powerful presence...and red is an exciting color...my fav.

Also like the phthalo blue painting. Excellent discovery!

hwfarber said...

Another great painting. I was a redhead--when I got mad I could feel the red creeping up my neck to my face. She's a redhead trying to control her anger--perfect. (This is when everyone around should take cover.)

Though my hair is now white, the red still creeps up.

Kerri Settle said...

You've captured a definite strength of character in both. I especially like the way the green plays up her red hair in "Seated Jennifer," and the spots of red in the background.