Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Tuesday!

I had this old reference in my scrap file and got around to painting it tonight. I really enjoy the gigantic hat and the composition. It is always crazy-fun to paint with a lot of black. 

Painting, Celeste Bergin, Beacon Hill Woman, oil on 11x14 canvas panel

16 comments:

Lisa Graham Art said...

At first I thought it was crazy hair blowing in the wind (all proper like). Now I see it is a hat. Either way, I love this!

John Simlett said...

Shades of Toulouse-Lautrec.

Love the pose and the look in the eye! Why don't you do a full Moulin Rouge scene?

CrimsonLeaves said...

Oh so fabulous! Like Lisa, I also thought it was hair but with my monitor cannot see the edges. What a beauty and I love that the black and white and shades of gray are broken by her beautiful face. An amazing piece, Celeste. I love it!

Libby Fife said...

That was the first thing I said-I love that hat! A subtle color palette-very nice:)

Julie Ford Oliver said...

The hat makes a really dynamic shape. Love your edges too. The white on the far sleeve disappearing into the silver grey background made my heart beat faster with pleasure.

Rosemary said...

Love the look of Darkness and the expression on her face.

Linda Popple said...

fantastic! i love this. the hat is wonderful and looks like a lot of fun to paint!

Sheryl Anthony said...

That hat! What a statement! I agree, the black makes it.

hw (hallie) farber said...

I thought Toulouse Latrec, also. I didn't see a beauty like this when I visited Boston's Beacon Hill. Beautiful painting.

Connie said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

Dan Kent said...

You have such a talent for portraits. Love the skin tones and expression.

L.W.Roth, said...

OMG. What with this craze for black? I love this Latrecesque for sure sketch. Lovely.

loriann signori said...

Beautiful combination of the warm skin tones to the cool black. Nice!

Sharon Wright said...

Wowee, stunning painting. Wish I had painted this.It has everything I adore, b+w, unusual composition, a gorgeous hat...magic.

mary maxam said...

Dynamic, elegant and wonderful!!

art by Michael Perchard said...

Celeste!
Wow!
Stunning!
Very dramatic!