Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Srebnik-ing

I like painting these small floral "thumbnails". They are meant to be rough drafts...for ideas, possibly for something bigger and better, but this idea was fussy and stilted looking...until I Srebniked it. (Srebnik has taught us to drag a paper towel through the paint sometimes....to create a "dissipating light").  Breaking up the colors and shapes in this small painting relieved it instantly from looking uptight. I like it well enough now, I might even make some corrections later to see if it could fly as a little "real" painting on it's own.

Thumbnail sketch: Celeste Bergin, Sunflowers, oil on 5x5 panel

14 comments:

SamArtDog said...

You know you've made it when your name becomes a verb. Nice Srebnikking!

martinealison said...

Il n'y a pas de petites ou grandes peintures... Même petites, elles peuvent être puissantes et abouties...
Ce charmant bouquet de par ses nuances de couleurs jaunes perce notre regard et nous fige...
Gros bisous

Celeste Bergin said...

Martine wrote:

There are no small or large paintings ... Even small, they can be powerful and accomplished ...
This charming bouquet in shades of yellow color penetrates our eyes and we freeze ...
big kiss

(thank you, Martine!)

Sheryl Anthony said...

Where are the classes with Srebnik?
I love this little painting, and I agree with you, it should be considered a real painting, instead of a draft.

Sheryl

Casey Klahn said...

I was going to say you need to make a book out of all your terrific florals, then I saw the picasa slide show in the previous post.

Blurb book idea:
Celeste Bergin Flowers!

Jane said...

Lovely little painting.

CrimsonLeaves said...

Oh boy! This is fabulous!

Dan Kent said...

It already flies! I did the same thing once in a watercolor outdoor scene and got a wonderful haze through the trees. It is, however, called Kenting. Lol.

Mariano Zucchi said...

Hi Celeste,
the tonking effect worked reak well to bring out the personality of the flowers. Looks great!

L.W.Roth, said...

I had no idea that dragging paper toweling through the paint had a name--be it srebnikking or kenting. I like what the technique did for this painting. Nice hazy look. When I do it with acrylics, I call the drag palming or thumbing. LOL

diffident.bother said...

Lovely painting - and great instinct about blurring part of it. Seems like a pretty daring move, but, wow, it really turned out nice!

hw (hallie) farber said...

I definitely think it can fly.

Michael Lindstrom said...

Oh this is a lovely little painting. Only thing is, it doesn't know its little, it thinks its a big one. Big and bold!

Dean H. said...

I am drawn more to small studies than the large finished works. They connect much better to who the artist really is, and how he/she thinks.

Love the concept of Srebniking. Turns out I've been doing it for a long time but wrongfully called it smearing. Lol