Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Wednesday--!

This is an oil sketch (from a photo reference) painted on black gessoed paper. About half way through it I was thinking--man, this is an uphill battle...(the black gesso sucked up the paint, making it a different painting experience)...In the end I've decided to chalk it up to as a valuable experiment. It was kind of fun to think some of this out "in reverse".

(Here's how it started out):
(Top photo) Painting: Celeste Bergin, Street thug, oil on gessoed paper 11 x 14

16 comments:

martinealison said...

Une progression intéressante... Un regard ténébreux, presque mélancolique et profond...
Gros bisous

Mariano Zucchi said...

Hi Celeste,
this is funny I had today the same experience, super quick drying oil. The trick has to be on preparing the paper for gesso. Maybe rabbit skin glue first? Happy painting

Dave Starr said...

I really like how black the black is and I don't know think I know how to think in reverse

Dave Starr said...

what is the reference

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

I think it's a successful experiment. You're figures and portraits are so strong, Miss Celeste. Beautifully done! Kvan

Sharon Wright said...

Love that look in the eyes! I so admire your sense of adventure and that you always manage to make it work. It's a gorgeous study.

-Don said...

I LOVE black gesso! I think your experiment went quite well.

-Don

Manel said...

It reminds me a self-portrait of Van Gogh. Good work!

Manel said...

It reminds me a self-portrait of Van Gogh. Good work!

Gillian said...

Well, if this was a battle I'd love to see those that came easily. It's a fantastic portrait!

Susan Roux said...

NIce. I can imagine working backwards could have been a fun experience. I like making my mind work in different ways.

CrimsonLeaves said...

Wow, Celeste! I think this is a fabulous portrait! I love the black gesso look myself. Maybe it is this man's hat, but something in this piece just sets a mood. Is he a guy from the early 1900's? A newspaper vendor? A taxi cab driver? A gambler or a thug? What is his story?! I really want to know. You truly are a master at setting mood in your pieces for me. Many make me think and wonder (as your own works also do), but not too many set a mood for me. I love this.

SamArtDog said...

Wow! Broody and powerful. The black worked!

L.W.Roth, said...

Celeste you should try to paint a black and white portrait on glass to make a photographic contact print on photographic paper. It's a real challenge--all highlights are black; all shadows are left clear. For gray tones, you water down your black paint or dry brush. When exposed to light under the enlarger for a predetermined time, everything reverses and you have normal black and white portrait. Fascinating process. As much trouble as it was, I like your experiment. It's got an old world flavor--The boy is the velvet cap--or some such title?

Roberto said...

looks perfect, Celeste, congratulations
(the sketch with which you began it is a work of art!)

Virginia Floyd said...

I really like the effects that painting on black gives to this painting...how the black shows through in the background and in the figure. I can imagine how challenging it must be to think backwards. Sort of like a watercolor, except they leave the whites, not the darks. Well done!