Saturday, November 10, 2012

People practice

It's remarkable how few strokes can adequately describe a person. It's also remarkable how a figure in a  painting demands attention. I remember an art teacher counseling us: "whenever you put a person into a painting...we'll all look there first".  That seems 100% true.....doesn't it?

Oil study, Celeste Bergin, Around the corner, oil on 8x8 gessoed paper 

11 comments:

B Boylan said...

Nice one Celeste. I've also been told that words or letters become a focal point, too, as the viewer is seeking reason.

Dan Kent said...

Ok. I am in the middle of Watercolor I'd already dubbed Around the Corner where I was considering putting the suggestion of a person at a certain spot on the street as the focal point. How weird is that?! This painting has a geometry about it that I like. With the figure, there is also the feeling of a story.

Dean H. said...

Absolutely true, Celeste. Love your composition on this.

CrimsonLeaves said...

Ooh, I sure like this, Celeste! A few strokes, eh? I have to try it!

Lisa Graham Art said...

That is so true. And it is amazing how little it takes to paint a person. When I was first learning to paint I tried to copy a Monet piece with two figures in it. The surroundings were a house and a beautiful garden. I was thinking the people would be the most difficult to paint. But when I painted them last it was a swipe with the brush here and there and they turned out perfect...the rest of painting was far from it. That was when I learned how hard it is to paint flowers. I love this study you did.

martinealison said...

Je suis tout à fait d'accord avec l'avis de votre ancien professeur !...
Une jolie peinture... Votre personnage nous invite à la suivre.

Gros bisous

art by Michael Perchard said...

You are so right Celeste.
I love the brush strokes so very much.
Great texture.
Paint on!
Michael

Jane said...

Totally true, I will remember this !

Linda Popple said...

True and your figure is perfect with a few strokes. Very nice!

mary maxam said...

true true, true! We were just talking about this today.You've highlighted this figure beautifully with the supporting shapes and colors.

Kyla Hynes said...

Interesting post. Definitely true I will start noticing that more now! great painting as well :)