Tuesday, May 1, 2012


I heard an analogy somewhere about how creating and exhibiting a painting is like launching an arrow. A work may wind up across the country or down the street (or back in your own inventory). Wherever my paintings land, I am happy to send them "out there" and I am grateful for the opportunities to do so. It's a lot of work to prepare for shows, but who wants to make paintings only to keep them? (I am sure there are some painters who do just that...but I can't relate).  For me, I don't have a paintings that I can't part with. My favorite painting? To quote Ansel Adams (who was asked which of his was his favorite photo) ....."The next one".

Painting: Celeste Bergin, Haybales, oil on 8x8 canvas panel


martinealison said...

J'ai toujours trouvé très fascinant dans les prés les rouleaux ou les bottes de foin... Il y a toujours un jeu somptueux avec la lumière et les ombres... Une sorte de cache-cache qui a pour cadre une nature souvent magnifique... Telle est votre oeuvre.

Peindre est une chose et organiser les expositions est un lourd travail... je confirme.
Gros bisous

Ralph said...

I feel so honoured when somebody wants one of my paintings. I never paint them for myself in the first place although I do get a tremendous pleasure out of painting most of them.

John Simlett said...

REM ACU TANGERE (Latin: The Arrow hits the target)

When you are putting on an exhibition, I sometimes think producing the artwork in the first place, is the 'easiest' part.

But the reward for me isn't the money, its in watching a complete stranger buy your stuff.

I'm sure there will be many strangers buying such beautiful paintings as this one.

May your cup runneth over, and your quiver be soon emptied.

CrimsonLeaves said...

This is beautiful, Celeste! I used to think I couldn't part with a painting but my mind is changing as I get older. Not that I have anywhere to send any of them! LOL

Jani Lori said...

I agree!!!!!!!!!!!

L.W.Roth, said...

Yes, the best painting is the next one.

I haven't figured out how to get my paintings out there yet.You made me feel a bit guilty that I haven't taken any steps in that direction.And it really is time. What did you do first?

Nancy Van Blaricom said...

Excellent landscape Celeste. I feel like I'm there ... My eyes travel to the distant hills. I am enjoying the brush work in this one.

Linda Popple said...

Celeste, I LOVE this painting!! I would so much like to see it in person. The subtle color shifts are lovely. And I like your subject matter. Well done!!

Michael Lindstrom said...

This is an outstanding painting Celeste. Great subjects, great lines leading me in. The foreground hay bail is awesome! Wonderfully composed, love it. I can tell this was a well thought out painting. Thanks for sharing your superb talents with the rest of us.
I do have paintings i can't part with, but i am more excited when someone else connects with a piece.

hw (hallie) farber said...

Haybales is beautiful.

I just managed (a bit of pleading)to buy a couple of my paintings back; I guess I launch boomerangs?