Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The Poet

Did you know that the beret was the chosen hat of the French resistance movement? There is a legend among the French that the side you slant your beret to is an indication of your political stance (if your beret leans to the right, so you do - and vice versa). It wasn't until the 1920's that the beret became a unisex item, when it was adopted by Marlene Dietrich. I painted "The Poet" over an old landscape.
Painting: Celeste Bergin, The Poet, oil on 8 x 10 stretched canvas






14 comments:

Dan Kent said...

Wow I love it when you do this - paint over disparate subjects. Excellent!

SKIZO said...

Wonderful
work
Thank you for sharing

Erika Lee Sears said...

I love the progression :) it shows the depth of the painting. I would love to know your palette colors.

rajasekharan said...

wonderful work.....your painting style remembering me
Daniel F Gerhartz

hw (hallie) farber said...

I love seeing the stages, too.

Linda Popple said...

Fantastic portrait! Half in light and the remainder in dark gives your painting drama. Great job with the skin tones and beard, too!

martinealison said...

Le travail et les informations qui l'accompagnent sont intéressants...
Le français aujourd'hui est imagé par son béret posé en tourte sur la tête et sa baguette de pain sou le bras...
Bises

Art with Liz said...

Really great Celeste! Love the light and shadow and totally lost edges!

Virginia Floyd said...

Great portrait! Painting the face in half light adds mystery and draws the view in.

PAMO said...

He looks like a guy I know. Your portrait conveys such character. I always love your colors and composition. These things flow from you and I am in awe.

Sarah said...

Hi - Just found your blog and bookmarked it! Oregon painters unite!

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

A great non-red face. Lots of greens there and they are super!

SamArtDog said...

Hey, separated at birth from a gauzy prophet!

jgr said...

I love it too! Even the first step is very intriguing with the landscape in the background. I work with portraits, too but they are nothing as great as yours. Thank you for the inspiration!