Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Rouault-like expressionist portrait


The best thing about painting at The Canvas on Monday evenings is that the session is fairly short in duration, so one doesn't have much opportunity to dither..there is just enough time to throw something onto the support and call it a day.
I painted this at The Canvas a couple weeks ago. I didn't think I wanted to post it because it looked too rough to me. Tonight, upon reflection, I had a change of heart..because now, after a little consideration, I think she's acceptable in an expressionist way. She reminds me of paintings by Georges Rouault... I might paint over her someday, but in the meanwhile I will enjoy the fact that she emerged so Rouault-like.
How about you..do you ever wind up liking a painting that was initially considered (by you) to be a dog or a scraper?


Painting: Celeste Bergin, Untitled, 2010, Oil on hardboard 16x20

16 comments:

Ralph said...

She is just beautiful. Hope you are well and feeling as good as your art.

AutumnLeaves said...

I think this is one fabulous piece, Celeste. There is something of a masters feel to it (and of course, now I have to go look up Rouault). Anyway, as crappy as most of my pieces are, I always end up liking them. They have a tendency to grow on me! LOL

Casey Klahn said...

I vote keeper/not scraper. Your use of color is wonderful.

ArtSparker said...

This is one of my favorites...it has so much authority in its seeming roughness.

Todd Smith said...

Your colors make this a keeper for sure. What is it about time and distance that enables you (all of us) to see what we couldn't when you're close to a piece? Can't see the forest for the trees?

hwfarber said...

An interesting painting in such a different style--maybe you were channeling Rouault.

PAMO said...

Yes, Yes, Yes!!! A total keeper. I LOVE IT!!!!

Linda Popple said...

NO!! DO NOT paint over this one! (And this is a command!) I really like it. As hwfarber said I think you were channeling Rouault. I like the colors - actually I like it all.

I've had lots of "dogs" and some have grown on me, but there have been, and will continue to be, lots of scrapers/wipe outs. Just part of learning, I guess. :-)

Nancy B. Hartley said...

Celeste, This is wonderful, I love the rough quality, very confident, and not over worked. Many times I have not liked my own work. After, getting some sleep, and seeing it with fresh eyes, I was happy with it. I think sometimes, especially late at night, we become tired, and even negative. It is better to call it a night, and take another look in the morning. Whatever you do , do not paint over this piece! It is terrific! I'd love to see more! By the way , I enjoy your blog tremendously , even though this is first time I've left a comment. Thank you for sharing!

SKIZO said...

Fascinating work.
It has been delightful
to visit your gallery.
Good Creations

Joan Breckwoldt said...

I LOVE it and I think it's definitly an Expressionist painting. I would hold onto this one.
I usually like my paintings better after they sit a day or two and then get framed. :) Frames help a lot, I think!
Joan

Willy. said...

I like it, pico bello gallery!!
Grtngs, Willy

Stephen Parker said...

Celeste — I LOVE this piece. It is rough, and SO strong. You made some fabulous decisions in color, color harmony, value, paint texture, simplified shapes, etc. in the short time you were given. I keep telling myself to do more timed work and you've reminded me of its value.

Sorry to hear about your accident. Glad you weren't hurt. Thanks for the photos of you local art hangouts. Portland must be such a cool place to live.

Best,
Stephen

Harry Kent said...

Paint over it??? (cough, splutter). Celeste, maybe you don't realise how good this painting is. You are uncomfortable with what to you feels like 'unfished' and 'hurried' but to me feels vital and emotionally true. Rather than think "paint over", think "where else can i go with this style?". Fantastic work.

Dan Kent said...

I think this is excellent! - I love the color in the face (and all over), so that though your subject seems to be thinking, the painting is vibrant and interesting.

Lisa Daria said...

Please do not paint over this, it's beautiful.