Thursday, August 11, 2011

Thursday....a great day!

My day began at Jam on Hawthorne where I had a "business meeting". (Business is decidedly more fun when waffles are involved). After the meeting I got a tour at Gamblin Artist Colors. Scott Gellatly. the Product Manager, gave us a tour of the whole plant and in the end we discussed the new Fastmatte oil paints. Fastmatte dries quickly and that should make underpaintings a snap. Not only can you do an underpainting faster, you can do it with a variety of 8 colors. We got a gift of three paints to try out for ourselves and when I got home I painted the underpainting above. Tomorrow I will add color on top of the painting...it's all an experiment! (Special note to all my PPASP-er friends, Scott has not forgotten that he promised our group a tour! He is working on the date and I'll put it on our calendar as soon as I know). So that was my day....how was YOURS?!

Underpainting: Celeste Bergin, Villa, oil on 10x10 stretched canvas

Waffles at Jam
Batches of Yellow at Gamblin
A worker is making Ivory Black
Ahh, scads of paint!
Fastmatte! (Gamblin's new product)
This is a brand new structure, part of an overpass near Gamblin

16 comments:

Nancy Goldman said...

Hi Celeste, how funny that I saw this post. I'm visiting Portland (for the first time) next week and I'm also having a tour of the Gamblin factory. I've always been very impressed with how helpful their website is and I love their products so when I found out I was going to be in Portland, I contacted them to ask for a tour. I've been so excited about it and your photos make me even more excited.

Jenny Schouten Short said...

I've never heard of them so I'll check it out. Thanks for the info. I like your painting.

J. Kevin James said...

Wow! I like that underpainting. Can't wait to see more. Thomas Kitts plein air workshop starts Monday and hoping he's added a tour of the Gamblin factory to his workshop like he did last year!

Gary L. Everest said...

Hi Celeste,
I DIDN'T have waffles! Woe is me.
That, was my day.
Enjoy you Friday.
Gary.

AutumnLeaves said...

Wow!! What a fabulous day you had! Love the tour photos too. The painting you did is one of my new favorites. That palette is exquisite! I wish I could tour the plant with Nancy next week. What fun we would have and then to meet up with you would be awesome!!

Virginia Floyd said...

What a gorgeous underpainting! It looks finished to me. I'm looking forward to seeing where you go with it. Really enjoyed you post about touring the Gamblin factory. Thanks for sharing.

Libby Fife said...

What a great treat! You are lucky to be close by to that factory.

I really like the underpainting, just as is! And beer should be on the agenda for business meetings too. Not with waffles maybe, but somewhere along the line.

Janelle Goodwin said...

I use Gamblin paints exclusively so seeing the factory was of special interest to me! I love your underpainting and can't wait to see how you decide to go from here.

Casey Klahn said...

Congrats on your Honorable Mention Award.

Villa is a fine underpainting. Can't go wrong.

I had no idea Gamblin was in Portland. What a fun day for you.

Linda Popple said...

I'm surprised it is an underpainting! Looks great as is. Can't wait to see what you do with it next.

I like Gamblin paints so fun to see and hear about their new product. What a treat to take a tour!

ArtSparker said...

I like the almost abstract underpainting.

martinealison said...

C'est toujours extrêmement excitant de tester de nouvelles peintures. On est souvent porté par une nouvelle tonicité qui séduit agréablement.
La visite de l'entreprise devait être très intéressante.
Il est important de connaître la manière que naissent aussi la base de nos couleurs.
J'emploie les couleurs ou pigments Blockx et parfois CHARVIN chez qui j'avais eu l'opportunité de visiter leur entreprise dans le sud de la France.
Votre toile est bien engagée...
Et avec la gaufre ce fut certainement une belle façon d'apporter une belle touche de note sucrée à cette fabuleuse journée.
Gros bisous à vous ma chère Céleste.

Gary L. Everest said...

Hi Again, Celeste,
Almost forgot! Just between you and me, calling this an underpainting verges on the criminal.
It's WAY TOO GOOD for that. And, if it looks this good now, I can't wait to see how it turns out.
I'll stay tuned.
Sincerely,
Gary.

mirando algo allá said...

Hi Celeste.
I had long since come to see your art. Sorry.
Good job!
good food! ha ha!
good weekend

hw (hallie) farber said...

I love the painting and can't even imagine how great it will look when you add color.

What a waffle!

weekend et coup de brosse said...

Belle visite pleine de découvertes pour cette journée. Votre peinture est superbement commencée!
Très bon week-end
cath.