Thursday, January 6, 2011

At the Beach

After a big discussion about Mary Cassatt at PPASP breakfast today I thought it might be fun to paint a Mother & child. This is done in the style of Dan McCaw...a contemporary impressionist artist who uses a "less is more" approach.

Practice painting: Celeste Bergin, At the Beach, 2011, oil on 9x12

15 comments:

Nancy Van Blaricom said...

Before reading your post I saw the painting and thought Oh, a Dan McCaw. I think he does awesome work. (Wish I would have bought his book when it was affordable ...) You've done a bang up job on this ... and it looks like you enjoyed painting it. Lovely work.

-Don said...

You can paint so much with so little. What you accomplished in the child made my jaw drop.

-Don

AutumnLeaves said...

Cassatt! Oh yes indeed. This is more powerful than her work, at least for me, Celeste. I'm not sure how but you seem to have captured that elusive passage of time in this one. It is truly a stunning painting, my friend. I think it has to be one of my favorites!

Anthony Duce said...

I like the painting a lot.

RH Carpenter said...

I'll have to search out Dan McCaw's work. This is just beautiful! It reminded me of Joaquin Sorolla when I saw the icon on my sidebar - and that's high praise, as he was a master at capturing and playing with light.

billspaintingmn said...

Your painting tells a wonderful story. I can feel the sun, and a breeze.
You must have a fun group. All of you supporting each other in what to paint, draw, create.
Very enjoyable!

Linda Popple said...

This is beautiful and so much like Dan McCaw! He is one of my favorite artists. As you said his approach is less is more and he does a beutiful job capturing the light - as you did! Well done!

loriann said...

Beautiful feel. The thumbnail caught my eye and directed me immediately in.

Casey Klahn said...

First time I've seen Dan McCaw, I think. Maybe I need to read Artist's Mag more often!

I liked his deep blue work very much. I get a better feeling out of yours - I really hope you do a "finished" one, if this is the practice piece!

I just finished, or "practiced," a piece and I am dreading seeing it in the studio later. I love it, but the actual angles of this Italian building don't look "real."

Glad to see you using practice as a phrase. I needed that. Also love the W Thiebaud quote about copying. I needed that message, too.

SKIZO said...

Thank you for sharing
those amazing work
good creations

SamArtDog said...

Like others here, a glance before reading told me you were up to Cassatt, then yes, Dan McCaw. Well, this one is a Bergin, and I like it as much for what it is in itself. You're an original! I like this very very much.

Pam Holnback said...

This pulled me right in. Great job w/ the white values. Practices are so helpful!

Kathy said...

Oh, this is absolutely gorgeous!!

Virginia Floyd said...

Very delicate and lovely. A beautiful painting!

rajasekharan said...

Beautiful work...