Saturday, February 5, 2011

My Saturday was GREAT...how was yours?

I have been working for three days on my large (36" x 48") project and it is still not ready to photograph yet...so I'm sharing this 2008 painting with you instead.

I worked in my "outdoor studio" today (the back yard). I painted for at least two hours before it started sprinkling. I just LOVE painting outside (even when I am painting from a reference). It was overcast today (perfect!) and it is wonderful to be able to step waaaay back to look at my progress.

I am using a lot of Galkyd lite in an effort to get my large painting dry in a hurry. Now, I love the art supply store I've been Framed...(one can get lots of bargains there)..but I discovered that I paid too much for my 8 oz bottle of Galkyd Lite. They had it marked down from $15 to $14. I learned today that it is easy to find for $12 and under. Well, Buyer Beware and I'll get my Galkyd Lite at Art Media next time...(meanwhile, I've Been Framed will maintain my loyalty for their brushes).

Now, what about you, did you have a great Saturday?














(Top) Painting, Celeste Bergin, Winter Sunshine, 2008, Acyrlic on 18 x 24 canvas panel
Photo #2, Outdoor studio
Photo #3, "Marked down" Galkyd Lite

18 comments:

Linda Popple said...

I had a wonderful day! The ice is rapidly melting, it is sunny and I have two of my grandchildren here for a sleep over! Plus I didn't overpay for anything. :-) OK, I did fill my car with gas ......

Linda Popple said...

PS - I love your painting!

thejamesranch said...

Never knew that store was there...I'm gonna' have to check that out. Thanks for the tip. Oh, and my Saturday was awesome. Been enjoying keeping up with your art!

Hélène Glehen said...

My saturday went well. I did not work too much, just a few sketches..
You are courageous to work outside. It must be cold. Saturday was very windy and grey. No spirits to go out.
I am looking forward to see your large work.

Have a pleasant sunday.

-Don said...

You've got a really nice studio. Too bad it has a leaky roof...

I finished a painting, experimented with a mask, and gessoed some stuff. All-in-all a creative day.

-Don

AutumnLeaves said...

Love that painting with that light reflecting through the glass and the frosted bottle on the right. Your day reminds me of my prof's comments on a final drawing I did while at PLU for my drawing course. He had given us a list of five things that had to be incorporated into the piece and I was so proud of my idea for the final. Of course, I lived in WA (state) at the time and of course it rains quite a bit (which I didn't mind at all). I raced from the car to the building with my drawing and it ended up rain warped. I was resoundingly chastised for not protecting my work (and I had been trying so hard to keep the rain off of it with my body as I ran). I still have that drawing too.

hw (hallie) farber said...

Stepping waay back is an advantage--I use my reducing lens when I can find it. Winter Sunshine is great.

Kathy said...

Thanks for this valuable tip, Celeste. I use alkyds with my oils and this is useful info.

billspaintingmn said...

Saturday for me was not so productive. My attempt to clean the studio was interupted by wolves posing as sheep.
As I listened to their bleets, I saw snareling teeth.
Some people...
THANK YOU for your posts Celeste! They are encourageing to artists looking and hopeing for inspiration!
I may not always reply, but I like to stop by!

weekend et coup de brosse said...

C'est très agréable de peindre en extérieur ! J'aime beaucoup aussi. Hier j'ai passé un excellent samedi (lol) et oui c'était mon anniversaire!
Bon dimanche à vous.
cath. (on se connait sur Facebook)

Barbra Joan said...

Well thank you for asking Celeste! I've been posted on the Artist Showcase. so my day was just fine... Waiting to see your large work... bj

Dean H. said...

Love the painting, Celeste! A really inviting setup for the outdoor studio.
Lol at Don..."too bad it has a leaky roof."

Gary Keimig said...

Getting out in it is really great and how wonderul that you are taking advantage of it Celeste. good for you.
My day was really mixed but I put that on my blog and facebook.[how is that to get one to check out your sites.LOL]
The painting is really nice. good luck on that big project you are working on.

Caio Fern said...

huuummm... i really liked the opend air studio improvised there.

cool 2008 work ...
good luck with your new project ;)

PAMO said...

OOh LA LA! I love your "Winter Sunshine"! The reflection spilling from the glass just sends me. Beautiful.
Can't wait to see this latest masterpiece you are working on. Sounds grand!

Dan Kent said...

Obviously not as good as yours! I have an easel like yours that has seen far less use. Today would have been the perfect day to roll it outside - never thought of it. Next time I will.

I really like the unique perspective on this painting. Can't wait to see the big one!

Peter Tibbles said...

I had a fine Saturday (in spite of the rain that was the tale end of the cyclone up in Queensland). I cooked lunch for friends – ocean trout (an Australian invention, like salmon only more delicate) with a watercress sauce, sugar peas, beans and Brussel Sprouts quickly sautéed with sesame oil and mirin, potatoes extremely thinly sliced, cooked in oil and butter. With this several fine "Wild Dog" chardonnays from eastern Victoria. Listened to Haydn, Schubert and Van Morrison.

Celeste Bergin said...

Thanks ALL....! Peter Tibbles, thanks so much for stopping by, I enjoy your column in "As Time Goes By". You have such good taste in music (Van Morrison, esp!) :)