Monday, November 22, 2010

Downtown

You can see that I am on a bit of a dark and light kick. I was a little tempted to put an umbrella in this scene....but I resisted.
Painting: Celeste Bergin, Downtown, 2010, oil on canvas panel 12x9

11 comments:

Erika Lee Sears said...

I think in Portland- I never really noticed anyone using umbrellas. In NYC they are everywhere.

Lovely picture I think you captured the gray Portland perfectly.

Mary Paquet said...

Celeste, I especially like this piece. The abstracted light background against the dark figures is perfect. I conjure up stories for the figures as I think about where they are going and where they are in their life journey

shirley fachilla said...

Umbrellas are so hard to resist! But with this painting, I think you were wise to keep your figures strong and simple.

-Don said...

I think an umbrella would have put a 'roof' on the composition. I like that the light radiates out and up - like dreams and opportunities - and that it's reflected so warmly in the dark street - lighting the way. You made downtown feel like a very spiritual place.

-Don

martinealison said...

Tout le monde se croisent et ne se regardent pas... le contraste avec le fond clair renvoie davantage cette atmosphère d'indifférence.
Bises

Susan Roux said...

I like the light you brought on the gentleman's shoulders.

Janelle Goodwin said...

This painting really drew me in. There is beauty in the hustle bustle of this scene.

hwfarber said...

This is a great capture of a moment. Reminds me of Christmas shopping in D.C. long ago.

PAMO said...

Gorgeous! I love the mass of light. Your instincts are spot on.

rajasekharan said...

great work....

lifeartist said...

This dark and light is real handsome! I remember this guy from TV years ago who did a a painting show. He had a thick German accent. He'd say"Viss out daark, zere iss noo light!"

He was right of course.