Friday, October 15, 2010

Paintings I sanded down

When I first began painting I was enamored with bright, bold, expressive graphic-y stylized subjects. Over time, however, because I wanted to also learn traditional painting, I learned to love neutrals and natural looking subjects. There are still things I like about this early painting of mine..I like how you can sense there are eyes there, even though they are just suggested. This is one of the paintings I sanded away (so I can re-use the support). I took photos of everything for old time's sake.

Painting: Celeste Bergin, Gone, 2005, Acrylic on 12x12 stretched canvas

9 comments:

Kathy said...

Wow. I never would have guessed that this is one of yours! How long ago did you paint it?

Ralph said...

Celeste I love this picture more than any other you have ever shown on here. Now you know I love all your work but this one speaks to me.

Susan Roux said...

Yes I agree. There is a wonderful presence in the face of your figure. I almost wish you'd preserve the face and rework the rest... But its possibly too late, seeing you sanded it down.

hwfarber said...

Aww. I'm glad you photograph these before sanding away. This is good but your recent work is so much better.

I wish I'd seen this photo of you earlier--I could have used it as a model for my latest drawing.

SamArtDog said...

A-A-A-RGH!!! You SANDED this away?! What I said before about admiring how nothing's too precious? ..... I was wrong. Some things are landmarks. Granted, not every rock on the road, but landmarks are singular and can't be replaced. Though I guess it would devalue things, it's too bad giclee's aren't push-button cheap-n-easy.
Don't worry; I'll get over the loss of this gorgeous "Gauguin graphic". Knowing you create auspicious art as a matter of course helps. I guess. :0[ Thanks for at least posting it!

Dan Kent said...

How dare you!!

Dan Kent said...

Playing catch-up as always, I think it is so cool what you did with "The Neighborhood" - using the painting at a different orientation, wonderful idea I have to remember. And I like The Neighborhood II better than the first! 10/10/10 - I am always amazed at how you can capture the wet, so nicely done. And I like your sketches too. I could go on. What can I say? I love your style and almost always like what you do.

Jala Pfaff said...

Very cool!

-Don said...

"Gone" shows me a segue from the graphic artist to the fine artist. I feel you were finding your way to where you are today. I can relate to this when I look at some of my earlier mask paintings. I don't know that I could have sanded "Gone" down because it feels like an important piece of your past. You are a bold adventurer moving ever forward without leaving a blaze on your back trail...

-Don