Sunday, January 16, 2011

"Linking" objects

I've been reading about John Singer Sargent. Sargent had lots of opposition from all sorts of critics. The impressionists weren't crazy about him and the non-impressionists (for lack of a better word) weren't always happy with him either. Well, *I* love everything about him (and most everyone else eventually came around too). This is an oil sketch of a detail of one of Sargent's paintings called "A Street in Venice". Sargent favored dark clothing in his paintings and sometimes he "linked" the darks into one shape.

Practice oil sketch: Celeste Bergin, After Sargent, oil on 9 x 12

12 comments:

graziano tessarolo said...

Very good pratice!!!
Ciao Graziano

AutumnLeaves said...

I love the darkness and the mystery of this piece, Celeste!

PAMO said...

Fabulous! Have you noticed how someone who is innovative and different is often not liked by their peers? Could be jealousy or fear or just simple misunderstanding.
I saw some of Sargent's earlier work in a local museum and it was fairly "run of the mill". I'm glad he found his voice- I'm sure through lots and lots of painting.
I think you've found your voice Celeste. I love your point of view.

Casey Klahn said...

I did a copy of a detail/Venice yesterday, too. Weird.

I am one in the camp of those who have warmed to Sargent. Also, I am hooked on linking masses, which is a powerful tool.

I would love to see you take on more JSS.

Candace X. Moore said...

Good post, Celeste. In a figure drawing class last week I was over-modeling the form, too many shapes going on. The instructor too one look and said "Peninsulas, not islands." That was my lesson for the day. Your post re-inforces.

martinealison said...

Je pense que son art doit parfaitement vous convenir, car vous travaillez parfaitement bien les silhouettes. Vous les animez avec grandeur dans vos toiles. Vous jouez de leurs ombres. Une sorte de pantomime picturale...
Bises

hw (hallie) farber said...

I learn from you; now I'll look for links.

shirley fachilla said...

Ohh, so very mysterious. I love that in a painting. And I agree linking shapes, making patterns is quite important.

billspaintingmn said...

Celeste! I know this painting and I think you captured the expression of these two!
Very good:)!

Pam Flanders said...

Great job, you are learning a lot from taking on the masters! I love reading about art and artists of that period. The book Elizabeth Sparhawk Jones; the Artist Who Lived Twice by Barbara Lehman Smith follows a woman artists' life during that period and all the controversies surrounding different schools of thought. Her Mentor was Wm Merritt Chase. I think you'd like it.

Dan Kent said...

Sargent. I had a poster of one of his paintings on the wall for years - The Fountain, Villa Torlonia, Frascati, Italy. I would stare at it as though it were the original. I lost myself in the water of the fountain and in the folds of painter's white gown. No one mastered the brush stroke better than John Singer Sargent.

I see him in your work.

coral may said...

Sargent was an amazing painter..I didnt give him much attention until i saw a show in Seattle in the 90's ..it blew my mind.