Saturday, June 26, 2010

Inspired by Edouard Manet ♥


Edouard Manet’s flower paintings were painted at the end of his career and life. I like Manet's work so much because his paintings were fresh and simple ..completed with loose brush strokes. His concept rejected the careful shading and color transitions of botanical illustrations that were popular during his time. His works, including his flower paintings and other still-life images, employed the direct approach (no layers). I've painted my version of one of his simple rose paintings...to get a feel for the strokes he used.

Oil Sketch: Celeste Bergin, To paint like Manet, 2010, Oil on canvas panel, 12 x 9 inches.

9 comments:

Carrie H. said...

Celeste, I'm really likeing this, the look of the strokes and how the color seems to graduate to the areas of highlight from shadow. Nice simple background with soft transitions is nice too.

Art with Liz said...

Beautiful Celeste! The Impressionists continue to inspire!

AutumnLeaves said...

Simply and exquisitely beautiful, Celeste. Thank you too for the video of Manet's works. I wasn't familiar so this helped!

Susan Roux said...

You're such an inspiration Celeste. You jump into everything, completely fearless. You amaze me!

Inkpunk Artworks said...

Celeste,

The roses are blooming their heads off here in Boston, so this is perfect timing. Lovely!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend,
Brian

DJ said...

Beautifully done, Celeste!
Love the background and leaves, especially. You can really work those neutrals, kid.

Manon Doyle said...

Simply gorgeous!

hwfarber said...

The Farm yesterday and copying Manet today--both beautiful. I would not be surprised if future artists copy your brushstrokes.

TJ Lynde said...

These are an inspiration Celeste, and makes one want to paint a few flowers or small cluster of lilacs as well. Thanks for this yellow burst of life.