Wednesday, February 1, 2012

In progress

I read somewhere that Georgia O'Keeffe often had three paintings going at once. I've never worked that way, but I currently have two paintings in the works and tomorrow (or the next day) I will have to decide to tackle one or the other ......or both.

(Detail) Painting, Celeste Bergin, Rain in the City, oil on 10x10 cradled panel

14 comments:

Jane said...

I love the colors in this one, and i love umbrella paintings.

-Don said...

Oh! I really like your detail here. Those blues are sweet! I'm like you. I rarely have more than one or two paintings going at once, although I'm often designing many other pieces while painting those one or two. Gotta' keep the momentum going forward...

-Don

CrimsonLeaves said...

The silhouettes against the gritty but primary palette is quite powerful, Celeste. There is always an air of mystery to silhouetted figures. Throw in the rain and I begin to imagine Hitchcock at work, despite the primary colors! Comes together for a fun piece that makes you wonder just what they are talking about...?!

Dan Gliubizzi said...

As usual, I love your umbrella pieces and I can see that Portland could easily curate a show of your " Liquid Sunshine" paintings.
I work on several paintings at a time, since, when I work,I find the ideas flow faster than I can get them out and I get impatient waiting for oil paint to dry.

Casey Klahn said...

The thumbnail, as cropped, is so satisfying. Is it really in 10 x 10 in actuality?

This may be one of my all time faves, even in it's WIP stage!

Carrie H. said...

I know where this is!! It's in the parking lot at hipbone!

Right?

Linda Popple said...

I can feel the rain and chill! Love the reflections! Really is a beautiful piece. I like it just the way it is!

L.W.Roth, said...

Working a number of paintings has been good for me. It stops me from over-working any of them and allows me to choose with whom I care to spend my day. I love your "in the rain" paintings; I think they are your best work--although I can still recall your ketchup bottle still life.

Michael Lindstrom said...

Wow, love the variation in colors, makes for a fun energetic painting. Love the blue!

Dan Kent said...

The splashes of colorful are inspiring!! I just love the freedom you show in this tantalizing glimpse - and those colors!! (I also sure am glad it rains a lot in Portland.)

I have 2 going now. 3 if you count the blue acrylic one that I am trying to figure out what to do with. One is in the en plein air conditioning - a larger, more complex, watercolor piece than usual (and I've made it far too complicated), and the other is in actually on canvas on the easel. Yes, really. And more, if you count all of the sketchbook drawings that are yet to be colored.

I work on what I have enthusiasm for at the time.

hw (hallie) farber said...

I love the reflections in this one.

Sara Mathewson said...

i love this one too Celeste! You can do so much with so few colors.

As for working with more than one thing at a time, when I am able to paint, I like to be able to have a couple of things going at the same time or more but i don't have my big easel set up yet so only have smaller ones like my french easel and other plein air kind of easels. So, I have been working small doing studies and switching them out to work on the other. But when my studio is completely up and running i hope to be able to work in different mediums at the same time. Having a table for watercolor and an easel for pastel and I am learning oils so either switching out the pastel board or using two different easels. i'm primarily a pastelist but watercolor was my first love and now I am teaching myself oils. I know how I want my stuff to look now it's a matter of figuring out how to get there! I find that one medium helps with the other in terms of not getting too bogged down with one painting and also seeing how value relates to all subjects etc. i might have a break through in watercolor and it then also works for the pastels. and from what i have heard oils and pastels go well together. I was just reading a few of Micheal Chelsey Johnsons posts on working in both pastel and oils. I think it can make for a well rounded artist if that makes any sense. plus, it never gets boring!

I love to read your posts Celeste. Even if they are short, i always learn something but not only that you have a wonderful sense of humor that comes through and I love that!

Sara

nouvelles couleurs - vienna atelier said...

this one become a beautifull one...

Virginia Floyd said...

I like this just as it is, but it will be fun to see what your vision is. Love the blue on the umbrella and street. It looks like the reflection of neon lights somewhere. Beautiful painting!