Thursday, February 3, 2011

Strong values

<---This is a detail of a value study for something I am working on. It is 36 x 48. Fingers crossed that it will go according to plan. If it doesn't fly, this may be all you'll see of it. Black and white always makes everything seem stronger. When I was a girl, television was all in black and white and my favorite shows were the scary ones. The music from "One Step Beyond" always gave me a chill. No matter where they used it in the story...it always "worked". To this day I still find it very creepy..see if you agree, click the video below:

Value Study (Detail), Celeste Bergin, Black & White, gesso on canvas


15 comments:

Tim Robinson said...

Interesting study and musical score.

Linda Popple said...

Creepy and beautiful at the same time. I loved those shows - I saw them as repeats on cable, of course! Just to clear things up. Anyway, Twilight Zone, Alfred Hitchcock and all those shows were favorites. And remember I saw them on cable ..... got it?!!

Linda Popple said...

P.S. or should that be P.C. (Post Comment) - I like your value study. You MUST share your painting. I'm quite sure it is going to be great .... always is!!

SamArtDog said...

ooo-OOO-ooo .....

Candace X. Moore said...

I remember that melody, don't remember any of the actual episodes...however, I do remember b&W TV. TV Noir.

Very strong abstract pattern in that value study. Nice contrasts and shapes. Gotta be able to do something with that. Looking forward to the outcome.

rajasekharan said...

always mesmeric....great

AutumnLeaves said...

Can't wait to see what becomes of this piece, Celeste. I rather enjoyed the music and didn't think of it as creepy at all. I guess I've not heard it in any movies or tv shows though. We used to have something called "Creature Features" on Friday nights and they always played two scary movies in a row. I always loved Friday nights! Not long ago I had to buy the original Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein. Can't believe I'm going to say this, but something comforting in those two old movies! LOL

RH Carpenter said...

This good, strong value study could be a painting in itself - I can't imagine the large painting not going well with this foundation.

Caio Fern said...

this work is really really fantastic and beautiful !!!!!

ohhh Celeste .
love .

Caio Fern said...

this work is really really fantastic and beautiful !!!!!

ohhh Celeste .
love .

hw (hallie) farber said...

I'm betting this large painting will be a winner--a cemetary? I definitely remember small black & white TV screens--Twilight Zone and Hitchcock. (I even recall before-TV times.) I don't remember "One Step Beyond"--I'll have to google it.

billspaintingmn said...

Do you see how it sets the mood! It taps into the imagination and you're ready for fun! Spooky fun, scarey fun, weird fun! All the time waiting for what's around the corner.
(Almost has a star trek sound) I was always into this stuff ")

Strong values get attention. Your study has the ability to be anyting to the viewer. I like it!
The fact you did not define anything keeps it mysterious.
You got alot going on here Celeste!
I may have to pop some popcorn!

William Cook said...

I don't remember the show at all. The music does have a weirdness to it in a tetched sort of way. Nice start on the painting. I'm thinking Batman. Wm

Virginia Floyd said...

This value study is interesting enough to be a painting all by itself! Can't wait to see the rest.

Dan Kent said...

I have been very busy so have not commented on your posts, but I have been peaking every day because I love your work.

I think it is so cool that you are doing a value study. This is because when I look at your work I am always reminded to depart from those middle values that I rely upon too much.

One day I printed out one of your posts, of a lady with an umbrella in the rain. The resulting black and white print of the painting was so value driven that I was really taken with it and I sketched your painting in ink next to it, trying to incorporate the strong values I saw.

So study, my child, and I will too. Eventually I will try to snatch the pebble from your hand with mysterious music playing in the background.