Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Life painting session --Dancer

Confession: In our life painting session today I painted this entire figure, including her feet and ballet slippers, but the image is cropped to exclude the "indecisive" legs. The more I paint, the more I understand that each and every stroke requires deliberate intention. Things can not be fudged, people! (I know you know that). Well,  I consider the painting a 70% success and send up a silent thanks to the people who developed Photoshop.
 (Fortunately, I can use this painting together with the photos I took today to paint her again).
Hey, and what about you....how did you spend your day?

Painting: Celeste Bergin, Tying her Skirt, oil on 12 x 16 canvas panel

14 comments:

William Cook said...

Hi Celeste--One of the first things I learned in art is that the figure doesn't lie. Spent most of my student years drawing the figure, and babe, you're right--can't be fudged. It's either correct or it's soooo wrong. That said. Your dancer is not that bad. There's some good stuff going on in the brushwork, and the skin tones. I spent the better part of the day trying to write something intelligent about the relationship of Yoga and painting, in a comment for Katherine Tyrrell at MAKING A MARK (highly recommended weblog for artist's issues). Around 4:30 I gave up, but saved it all in my rough draft dump. Maybe I'll try again tomorrow. Started taking on booshwa proportions. These blog essays are a full time job! sheesh! As always, best regards, Wm

Celeste Bergin said...

right, William...I am happy with the part that I posted...not happy with the part I cropped out. Thanks for the comment. My "problem" is that I have developed a habit of posting nearly every day...(and I suffer when the work isn't up to my standards...hence the CROP).

Dave Starr said...

Celeste, yer killing me! Your so called failed painting is way better than my best painting would be. If I painted one. that is. Oh, let me know when you get the legs right. :eyeroll

Dave Starr said...

where do you get these beautiful models

Celeste Bergin said...

Hey Dave, just to be clear, I don't view this as a failure. I like most of it. Actually, the rest of it isn't "horrible", either. I just really liked it a lot better with the crop.
I hope to see your paintings...when will you blog them?
The models are acquired/hired by a private artist group I'm in on Wednesdays. :) Thanks for the comment!

Sharon Wright said...

It is a wonderful study! the light and colours are just glorious!

nouvelles couleurs - vienna atelier said...

I like this Celeste, I would like to see the all figure to see if you are right

AutumnLeaves said...

She is looking beautiful to me, Celeste. But I have to agree, can't fudge it when it comes to figures. In fact, flowers are the only thing I've been able to successfully fudge and I suspect that is because they are each unique and an odd stroke here or there isn't always out of the realm of reality.

Ralph said...

Should a man my age say they love this painting ?

Mariano Zucchi said...

Hi Celeste,
nice colors and feeling.

L.W.Roth, said...

Well it seems you're the only one who has complaints about this painting. This section sure looks fine to me. Did you ever think of actually dropping the panel--a good saw can do wonders. The frame would take care of the rough edge.

Plum Gallery News said...

Nice "save," and actually a good idea to crop the work for posting. It looks great now.

hw (hallie) farber said...

I like the part I see--from a great angle.

Frank Zweegers said...

Beautiful work!