Monday, September 26, 2011

Monday!


When I was a graphic designer it was a hard and fast rule that things (like logos) had to be created first and foremost in black and white. Color was never really thought of until everything was worked out (with no regard for color).  Now I am an oil painter, but I still very much admire beautiful shapes in black and white. This is a gesture done in nearly one stroke and there is no useless detail. I wanted to emulate a Sumi-E type painting...to "capture the unseen".

Painting: Celeste Bergin, In the rain, oil on 9x12 canvas panel

14 comments:

Michael Lindstrom said...

There is something wonderful about the absence of detail that let's ones thoughts wander and create our own story. For me this man has meandered around the downtown streets of Portland soaked to the bone in search of some inspiring fine art. I think he just found it....

Carolyn Rondthaler said...

It is "all Celeste" to me and I love it!! You just laid it down and left it. WTG!

Dave Starr said...

surprisingly zen it does say a lot

Rachel Harvey said...

this is very striking! I like.

-Don said...

Yep, it's official... We're fraternal twins functioning in parallel universes.

In the Rain is too freakin' cool. You just rock, girl!

-Don

Janelle Goodwin said...

I agree with Don. This painting is too freakin' cool!

billspaintingmn said...

And like a good logo, it's strong and reads at a glance.

This painting captures rainy days & Monday with a lift!

AutumnLeaves said...

Such a wow, piece, Celeste. I am not sure why but my mind goes to old B&W movies, Frankenstein, etc. Love that imaginative sense to this one.

Julie Hill said...

Celeste...the thumbnail captured me...then when on your blog...it just pulled me in. Thank you, its wonderful.

Kitty Wallis said...

Brilliant! This shows important, perhaps unplumbed, depths of perception/expression. WTG!indeed.

martinealison said...

C'est peut-être et très certainement aller à l'essentiel...
Ce personnage a quelque chose de distingué. Vous avez peint pour moi l'élégance.
Gros bisous

Libby Fife said...

There is just something about a silhouette; a simple image rendered simply. Very appealing and understandable I think.

hw (hallie) farber said...

I'm late to the blog. I have to agree with all the previous comments--wow.

Ruca said...

I bow wow down to your incredibly deft ability to paint so sparingly while speaking volumes.