Friday, April 8, 2011

Something....completely different (for fun!)

I've seen some art painted directly onto cigar boxes and I thought it might be fun to try it for myself.
One of the nice things about oil paint is that it will adhere to pretty much any surface, as long as the surface is primed. So, here are the steps for "my" cigar box (photos below):

1. I applied acrylic gesso to the box (I probably should have given it several coats, but this is an experiment and just only did one).
2. I sketched directly onto the box with charcoal and fixed it with spray fixative
3. I painted the darkest darks
4. Then the lightest lights were placed
5. The mid tones came next, paying attention to the light source
6. Done!
Aside from the preliminary drawing with charcoal, this was just like painting any painting for me. It was fun and I enjoy the "dimensionality" of it.






18 comments:

Linda Popple said...

Very nice - your cigar box, NOT me! Looks like fun!

PAMO said...

A Bergin original on a cigar box? Genius! I love it. What a treasure for treasures.

Carrie H. said...

I like that you set it on the easel to paint it. I wouldn't have thought of that.

-Don said...

Outstanding! I bet is was a lot of fun to paint around that recessed logo. :-)

-Don

Mariano Zucchi said...

Hi Celeste,
that was really nice! Thanks for the explanation. Now think what a great pochade box you made! Now when you are out everibody will stop and ask for your business card. Have a fantastic week end.

AutumnLeaves said...

An absolutely wow piece, Celeste! Quite honestly, I'd put a handle on this and make it a purse. What a statement that would make! Love this painting too and am a bit awed by the simplicity of the sketch turning into such a detailed and gorgeous painting!

Jani Lori said...

Very cool!I used colored markers to make gift boxes....hmmm...never thought about oil paint. Love the painting...sucker for checkboard and yellow flowers.

Casey Klahn said...

The only way to improve on this would be to add cigars. I suggest Cohiba, by Habanos S.A.

I kid. I admire your industry, and I want to do another project similar to this - maybe this is my kick in the rear.

Sonya Johnson said...

Great idea and final painting!

Thanks for posting the in-progress photos; I always love it when artists do that.

SUSAN RODEN said...

Fun and a wonderful keepsake Celeste.

Cindy Michaud said...

truely an original...attach a handle and carry it...too pretty to turn into a pochade box!

hw (hallie) farber said...

You make it look so easy.

Nancy Van Blaricom said...

That looks like it was fun to paint. Your floral turned out great. Also I really like how you took the time to photograph and explain your steps in creating this 'original' cigar box. You'll have to let us know if you do decide to make it into a pochade box.

Dan Kent said...

Well that's mighty interesting! And pretty cool to have on display. I remember Diebenkorn's cigar boxes - they were so cool.

Celeste Bergin said...

thanks, Linda, PAMO, Carrie, Don, Marinao, Sherry, Jani, Casey, Sonya, Susan, Cindy, Hallie, Nancy & Dan! It was cool to paint on a unique surface.

A couple of people asked if I would make this into a pochade. It actually was a pochade before I used it for this project. I used it for coffee shop painting expeditions. I learned that cigar boxes make pretty good pochades, but I have a lovely small Open M pochade now that I use for most plein air.

Thanks again for the great comments!

Celeste Bergin said...

oh and I wouldn't make this into a purse either..haha...people who know me know that I require a HUGE purse.

JOSÉ ROBERTO MINUCELLI said...

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Greetings from Brazil.
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Carol Lee Beckx said...

Loved the charcoal sketch - so dramatic and the final painting transforms the box completely.