Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Painting over an old painting....again


I recall seeing a brilliant book title: "Life is Goodbye, Life is Hello"...and I thought,  I don't even have to read that book.... the title is haiku enough.

I like painting over old paintings for the "Hello-Goodbye" aspects of it. (Steps below)

Painting: Celeste Bergin, Homestead (painted over "life model"), oil on 16x20 stretched canvas

1. Place the darkest darks directly over the old painting

2. Next, place the lightest lights (I used a palette knife)

3. Block in the other major shapes and approximate local colors

4. Add the sky (now the entire canvas is covered)

5. Strengthen the buildings and place final details ....finished!

15 comments:

conservativelybohemian said...

Look at the gorgeous way you've handled the sunlight!! I hate seeing good paintings painted over, but you always replace them with another beauty so color me happy!!!

Dean H. said...

This is a hugely successful landscape, Celeste!
Ya could have stopped at step#4! It has it's own beauty.
But, then again,#5 is a winner. Too bad they couldn't be two paintings hanging side by side!
Love your "paint over" process!

Nancy Van Blaricom said...

You do such a great job of painting over your old painting ... its like magic before my eyes.

I really like this with the sun hitting certain areas only. Really nice.

Kevin Neal said...

Thank you. That was helpful. I just began oil painting again and need as many tips as I can get.

nouvelles couleurs - vienna atelier said...

wow are both well done and beautifull, I love especially the first one... the light in this is magic, It seems to me like If I where inside this landscape in the evening sun... simply beautifull

Maritza said...

INCREÍBLE!

Abrazos,Celeste!

Y un buen año 2012 para ti.
;)

Jan Yates, SCA, Canada said...

oh Celeste i don't know if the tones in the previous painting added to this but the light is absolutely brilliant!

shirley fachilla said...

I have a stack of paintings that are crying to be painted over! Thanks for the encouragment and the step by step.
I just hope that a few of my paint overs are as successful as this one of yours. It's beautiful.

Candace X. Moore said...

Another great post, Celeste. Just leaving a comment to say I find your content and your commitment to blogging inspiring. You're always up to something, and that somehow motivates me, too. Thanks for all that energy. Best in 2012.

martinealison said...

Des âmes qui se mêlent...
il ne doit pas être simple de peindre sur une ancienne toile...
N'avez-vous jamais de regret ? Lorsque vous admirez la nouvelle, pensez-vous à l'ancienne ?...
A l'aube de cette nouvelle année, je vous renouvelle tous mes voeux afin que tout soit possible y compris le bonheur.
Gros bisous

SamArtDog said...

I see you do another one of these paint-overs and think of someone visiting your blog for the first time and how amazed they must be to see you nuke a perfectly good piece and willy-nilly paint a perfectly good one right over it.
You're a trip.

Dan Kent said...

Love this - it is so rich!! Love the contrast and the reds and oranges in the foreground. I have two "paintings" on canvas that are so very crappy, that I am going to do a Celeste Bergin, yeah!

Nancy Colella said...

That is a great post for some of us who can't seem to "let go" of old paintings! I love how you do that!

Virginia Floyd said...

What a beautiful landscape! I love all the colors in the trees and the muted colors in the hills.

Stephanie Berry said...

I like seeing your process here. I've been painting over so many "failed" paintings lately and loving the scatter of under-color. Don't you find it keeps you loose. Lovely landscape-don't paint over that one.