Monday, May 23, 2011

Blocking in the girl on the fence


 All daily painters owe Duane Keiser a debt for coming up with the A-Painting-a-Day concept. I subscribe to Keiser's blog and (inexplicably) a post of his from 2008 showed up in my mailbox yesterday(?) Keiser's new/old post was about re-thinking the whole A-Painting-a-day thing. So why not.. I'll take that as a sign and paint what I'm painting... in stages! (Weird concept, eh?)

(Top photo): Block in, Celeste Bergin, On the Fence, oil on 11 x 14 stretched canvas

(Bottom photo): Keiser blog post (click to enlarge)

14 comments:

Casey Klahn said...

She is well modeled, Celeste. I like watching the slow process.

Dave Starr said...

I like this exactly where it is. Where does it go next, do you paint colors over this? Does it have to dry first?

Dave Starr said...

word verification: daftly <-- who r they calling daft!

Celeste Bergin said...

Thanks Casey and Dave! Dave, I will paint on top of this and I don't have to wait for it to be dry. It is transparent red oxide, painted thinnly. I would have painted this painting in one sitting, except I am trying to do it in stages (just for drill). Thanks for the comments!

Celeste Bergin said...

HAHAHA (daftly) !

Manel said...

Very good work.

-Don said...

Thanks for sharing Duane's post. I found it quite enlightening. Even though I'm not a subscriber to the PAD philosophy I plan to follow his blog from now on.

As for your 'slow build', I have a feeling she'll be a raging beauty since you're laying in such a strong foundation. I look forward to seeing where you go from here...

-Don

AutumnLeaves said...

I could never commit to a painting a day myself. It takes me a minimum of two weeks to do anything. I so labor over the drawing. When I was young, the drawing was the easy part for me. Now it is the painting part that is easier. I've lost whatever drawing talent I had. I keep plugging away at it, but so far, nada. At any rate, I am so glad to see a bit of ground under her feet. No sweaty palms today! This is looking so marvelous and I'm dying to see more!

hw (hallie) farber said...

I got the same 2008 post from Keiser. I followed A-Painting-a-day for quite a while--wonderful little paintings--then I actually needed a break from looking at them.

On the Fence will be great and can mean many things.

Crystal Cook said...

Beautiful beginning! So much energy. I really love it. And I'm glad you posted Duane's blog, thought provoking. I find it difficult to commit to finishing a painting every day (finding time is a challenge for one) because I'm not sure that it fits in with my vision of who I am as an artist. Anyway, enjoyed the post and your work. :)

BrandNewStudio said...

Excellente
Work
Tank you for sharing

Linda Popple said...

I am looking forward to seeing your final version of Girl on the Fence. Your block in looks great. Will you post the next steps .... (hint!)? I enjoy seeing your process on this.

Duane Keiser's post is very interesting and points to more than one way to succeed with painting. I've had to step back at times and remind myself that it's the art I love and the blog is just a way to follow this journey. Another good reminder. Thanks, Celeste!

Kitty Wallis said...

Each thing you do shows growth. You are sprouting like a tree!

Dan Kent said...

Yup, that's a beginning all right. :)

Thanks for the new blog reference - I just subscribed because the painter I most admires subscribes (now who might that be?)