Monday, September 19, 2011

Female portrait (Phase one)

"Direct Painting" or "Alla prima painting" suits my personality. I prefer to paint all-at-once and in one sitting. Sometimes, however, it is clear that a painting requires a 2nd pass. Such is the case here! I just had to walk away from this ...consider it a good start and vow to return to it tomorrow. We will see if I really do that, because I have been known to lose interest in phase two. In any case, it is a great pose for practice.

Painting: Celeste Bergin, Actrice de théâtre, oil on 18x24 canvas panel

18 comments:

Sadami said...

Hi,Celeste,
Very attractive work that catches my heart. Your style and methods tell me who you are, too. Enjoy paionting forever!!
Cheers,Sadami

suzannepaints said...

She is beautiful, definitely theatrical.

Sharon Wright said...

Such elegance! It is stunning just as it is.

Erik said...

This is beautiful Celeste, will be interesting to see how you develop this painting further.

Libby Fife said...

That neck and lighting! Very dramatic.

All in one pass is amazing to me. That would have taken me some time:)

Kim said...

I love as is! It's really dynamic and a great palette. Fresh!

BrandNewStudio said...

WOW

Casey Klahn said...

I hope you do continue.

Gary L. Everest said...

Good Morning Celeste,
Wow! Beautiful work and I'd leave it alone. I really don't see what you could add, or tweak, that would make this better.
Thanks for sharing it.
Sincerely,
Gary.

Michael Lindstrom said...

Great painting Celeste, i love the unfinished feel. You got the important things down. Less is more?......

Dean H. said...

Very tempting to simply calls this "completed"!

hw (hallie) farber said...

We haven't lost interest in Phase Two--you might have to keep going although she's already beautiful.

Carolyn Rondthaler said...

I'd call it "done." It reminds me of "Madame X" by Sargent! This is like a preview sketch of her.

Dan Kent said...

And this is why I am a groupie. How do you do it? One sitting - wow. The portrait is just beautiful, such personality captured. So well portrayed.

Bend forward - I whisper in your ear: Stick with this one..stick with this one..stick with this one..

Virginia Floyd said...

A classic pose. Very lovely as is!

Caio Fern said...

lovely and ellegant.

Dave Starr said...

wow!! wow! don't change it

Jane said...

Beautiful and elegant!