Sunday, October 9, 2011

Sunday .....!

I found an extra black gessoed canvas today, so I thought I might try a "think in reverse" thing again. I doubt that I will make a habit of painting on black, but once again, I enjoyed working in this unique way. I might paint this scene again in a larger version.

(P.S. Whenever I paint a "mudhead" with black hair..I can't help but think of Gene Simmons).

Oil Study: Celeste Bergin, Rain at the Market, oil on 8x8 stretched canvas.

Here are the steps involved:

1. General placements indicated

2. Lightest lights established, (Darkest darks "already there")

3. Color notes and shapes placed

4. Completed study

17 comments:

-Don said...

Cool progression. It's always a pleasure to see how another artist achieves creates. I find it interesting that you view painting on black gesso as "thinking in reverse". I never thought of it that way. I actually approach a painting on black quite similarly to the way I approach one on white.

-Don

Celeste Bergin said...

Hey Don, I probably should have written, thinking of the negative spaces, and you are correct, it is not that different than working on white really.

Sadami said...

Yahoo, Celeste,
I really love this work. Particularly, colours and composition are so eye catchy. Congrats!!
Cheers,Sadami

B Boylan said...

Celeste, this piece is KNOCKOUT and shares the graphic quality as Tony Allain's work. You share a common thread....simple, bold, striking!

Sharon Wright said...

Love how busy this is and you have captured it all brilliantly!

Libby Fife said...

Well, now you have me thinking about painting on black! Just in general, a darker underpaiting could be useful.

I do like the results of this one-just looks like a wonderful "snapshot" to me. Really relaxed.

Virginia Floyd said...

Wonderful painting. I love the stylized figures. The looseness of the brush strokes really gives the feeling of rain and reflections in water everywhere.

Thanks for sharing your process. Very interesting and informative.

Tati Karpa said...

wonderful!

Jane said...

Wonderful busy scene with lovely colors. I always love to see the steps getting there.

Julie Hill said...

Celeste...just fabulous...thanks so much for sharing your process...so completely opposite for a watercolorist...it taxes my brain. :)

HELENA said...

Wow, I really like this piece. Thanks for visiting here:)

Kind regards,

Helena

Linda Popple said...

Very nice, Celeste! I paint on black often and it works good for me. I think I see values more clearly.

Carrie H. said...

This one's a keeper!

Dave Starr said...

that guy looks nothing like gene simmons :) I like this colorful painting

Dean H. said...

Looks great, Celeste! Color is more radiant against the black.
I love painting on black gesso!

conservativelybohemian said...

This is just fabulous! I just don't know how you do it but I love it. And? You have me seeing Gene Simmons for the black haired guy now. LOL

Dean H. said...

I had another thought on this...so here's my second post.

What you're doing on black gesso that would seem so different from the white process, is basically painting negatively around the figures!!
Very enjoyable and worthwhile!