Thursday, February 23, 2012

Thursday!


Every now and then I get started on something and I notice that it looks especially unusual or interesting with very few strokes. Sometimes I have the presence of mind to stop at that early stage...(like I did this time). It means allowing the simple beginning ..........to exist as the entire thing.  It's kind of an off-the-wall idea.

Painting: Celeste Bergin, Beginning, oil on 8x10 canvas panel

11 comments:

Sharon Wright said...

Less is more, Celeste, definitely! Love it.

CrimsonLeaves said...

Celeste, this is beautiful! And I don't think the idea is off the wall at all. I've noticed more than once on blog entries that show an artist's work in process that an earlier version looks gorgeous and could stand alone as a beautiful work. I think she looks almost like an alabaster sculpture, except for her hair. Ultimately there is a sense of fleeting...life?...for me. How do you convey such a mood into your work? Always amazing.

Colleen said...

It looks great and very interesting! Sometimes less is more with painting.:)

Jenny Schouten Short said...

I took a workshop this weekend with Judi Betts to learn to do this, stop and not overdo. I love your painting. xo Jenny

graziano tessarolo said...

Very interesting face essential and beautiful

Dan Gliubizzi said...

I like it!
It is good to know when to stop.
A combination of a personal decsion backed up with colleague approval,

Michael Lindstrom said...

I couldn't agree more C. The first thought i had when i saw the sketch is, Finished. It's one of those situations where simplicity speaks in volumes. Nice job and great video clip. Thanks for sharing.

Dean H. said...

Sorry to shout, but I LIKE this quick painting, Celeste!
It could very easily be considered a finished piece.
A painting in this stage really shows the artist as an individual. The artist's input is exhibited plainly!

L.W.Roth, said...

I know what you mean. This looks terrific! Caught my eye immediately as I am very much into portraiture these days as you well know. I came across a blog titled Bubblegum. The maybe old woman painted grotesque figures--very Baconesque. This isn't groteque, but reminds me of Michelangelo's slave sculptures where the figures are fighting their way out of the block of marble. I like this very much Celeste.

Page Railsback said...

No..as u can see from your other commenters...This is beautiful..any more work on it and this would have been lost..so many paintings are covered up and wrecked by over painting..When asked how long a painting took me to paint..I answer ..63 years

Julie Ford Oliver said...

I like the high contrast and simplicity of this. Very arty!