Thursday, February 24, 2011

"Paint over Thursday"

I really enjoy painting over paintings. The steps are simple:

1. Select an old bad painting (I have lots if you need any)
2. Sand away old paint (and wipe away sanded paint dust with a rag)
3. Rough in the simple shapes of your new painting (I used Ultramarine Blue & Alizarin Crimson)
4. Paint the darkest darks (in this case the dark green leaves)
5. Indicate the most obvious color (in this case Red)
6. Paint the lightest lights (the brightest part of the white flowers)
7. Paint the remaining middle range colors
8. Finish!

Painting: Celeste Bergin, White Flowers, oil on 9 x 12 hardboard panel











19 comments:

Casey Klahn said...

I hereby donate several for the overpaint process.

Actually, I did some of this today, too. Thursday has a new name.

Terrific. You are on fire in the studio, Celeste.

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

Thanks for taking the time to photograph the in-between shots -- it's inspiring to see your way to a beautiful painting. Great work!

Linda Popple said...

I love this painting! Thanks for sharing how to paint over old paintings - I have PLENTY!

Dan Kent said...

As though the directions weren't clear enough, the photos of stages of the painting are great! Thank you. You make it look so easy - if only it were, but then I probably wouldn't be interested. Don't paint over this one! It's very beautiful.

RH Carpenter said...

This is beautiful!

Mitzi Easley said...

Really great Celeste!

SUSAN RODEN said...

Love this Celeste! So elegant and rich.

Anthony Duce said...

Whatever the process the new image over the old looks great.

hw (hallie) farber said...

You make it seem so easy and the result is beautiful. I loved yesterday's painting, too.

And congratulations on the sale a couple of days ago--someone was smart to buy.

Nancy Van Blaricom said...

This one pops! The light is dazzling.
You don't do enough florals... you are wonderful at them. Was this from a reference or from memory?

B Boylan said...

As Nancy says above, you should do more florals. It so reminds me of Manet's florals. Nice transition from old to new.

Jane said...

Wow - beautiful, and VERY useful tip on how to get rid of old paint. Thank you.

AutumnLeaves said...

Wow, Celeste! I loved seeing this piece develop. And it sure is a beautiful painting too. I hope I can find this post again when I next feel like working in oil...

Susan Roux said...

It's so funny how you do this! I love your results, but I can't imagine I could just ignore the old staring at me. This is one of my favorites from you. Congrats!

Jani Lori said...

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing, Celeste!

-Don said...

These flowers are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing the process. It's fun to watch the phoenix rise from the ashes.

-Don

Joan Breckwoldt said...

Your painting is beautiful,thank you for posting your in progress steps, I always enjoy seeing a painting emerge!
It's hard to believe you have too many paintings that need painting over. :)
Joan

Mariano Zucchi said...

Hi Celeste,
You are really dedicated to Art , thank you for sharing the process with us. Actually altrough a bad photo i liked the oil you sended over. Absolutly great job,the new vase, but I have a serious concern and that is that that way you cannot really have thin darks(because of the old paint) on top of witch you play with the thick light colors! Cheers
Mariano

SamArtDog said...

Whoever said you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear didn't know Celeste.