Thursday, December 9, 2010

Thursday!

Time for something serendipitious while I wait for yesterday's grisaille to dry. I ripped a random page from an Art in America magazine to paint on. The page is mostly text and within it was this subhead: "Artists are like romantic heroes engaged with towering crises or like prophets of a gauzy future". Oh really? Typical heady Art in America type stuff! Well, painting on a printed page is very unusual...and I love how the type shows through the image. It is liberating to paint on something that is an untypical support.

Painting: Celeste Bergin, Prophet of a gauzy future, oil on 8.5 x11 magazine page (Update: SOLD!)




20 comments:

Sharon Wright said...

LOVE this!

-Don said...

Now THAT is what I'm talking about... This is outstanding. And, the title is perfect. A gauzy future, indeed...

-Don

Dan Kent said...

This is so excellent! Thank you for - again - showing your steps. I was amazed at the initial blotch of dark color you put in the first sketch! I will learn someday. I will not be afraid of values..I will not be afraid of values.

Kathy said...

Very cool!! Myrna Wacknov paints on calendars, yellow pages, book pages, etc. I think the effect is great and I love the layers of meaning.

Robin said...

Seeing this develop is so cool - will you mount this onto something more "supportive"? love your "headiness"!

RHCarpenter said...

I think you're onto something, here!!

Linda Popple said...

Fantastic, Celeste! I LOVE it! Not only the portrait is beautifully done, but I like that you did it on a page from Art in America with the type showing through.

Dan Gliubizzi said...

One of your nicest heads. I think that there is more to this painting on a tear-out, including and beyond the "art in america" text. Actually very "Rauschenberg of you!

B Boylan said...

Celeste, I see the graphic designer in you coming through in this wildly cool piece! Way cool, just way too cool!

Roberto said...

Wonderful, Celeste, the letters can be seen under the paint will stiffen out your work. I like your brush strokes "free"! (That is something that is achieved only when you know very well what you do)

Casey Klahn said...

Coool. And heroic.

SamArtDog said...

Do I love this? Do I think this is one of your best? Is Santa Claus real? Yes yes yes.

Harry Kent said...

interesting to see how you built up the painting (i'm always curious about process) ... love your confident attack and love the result - a cross between Don and Jim Morrison

Machelle Blankenship said...

That is sooooo cool!
machelle

PAMO said...

Very cool! Love it!
I subscribe to Art in America... I rarely get through it.
However, I'll continue to look for a much needed feature on Celeste Bergin- that's worth subscribing to!

GretaMichelle Joachim said...

Inspiring Celeste! I love the use of unusual canvas but I really like how the canvas becomes so much a part of the art.

Cathleen Rehfeld said...

WOW what an inspiration! very nice!

SUSAN RODEN said...

Unique Celeste! Love your imagination and the base is so apropos.

raena said...

This is fantastic! Great details in that face!

billspaintingmn said...

Wow! Art is a statement!