Recently, I was in a discussion with some other painters about painting flowers with just 2 or 3 values. We agreed that it runs against our natural proclivity for detail, but "No petals--just large shapes" is the mantra of many successful floral painters! I often suffer from wanting to paint petals...so my objective was to do the 2-3 value thing...(and why not go ahead and paint over an old crappy painting while I am at it...yes, why not!)
Here are the steps:
1. This is a failed landscape on it's side. The white chunk lower left was a house. I indicated the overall new shape with a dark red paint.
2. I put down the two values and I'm aware that it doesn't look like this is going to work. I soldier on anyway.
3. I begin to add some detail (but not much) to the flowers.
4. Once I add darks all around what I've painted thus far...it is starting to look like something.
5. Just a few more large shapes and colors (No individual petals) and Voila! A good practice session that proves that large shapes and 2-3 values carries the day.
Painting: Celeste Bergin, Flowers in the sun, oil on 8x10 canvas panel
(honoring victims of the 2017 Las Vegas Concert shooting)
Art Institute of Portland
1122 NW Davis
Reception: Thursday, July 5, 5-8pm
Overall exhibition dates: July 5-July 27, 2018
Friends and Florals
NE Community Center
1630 NE 38th Ave
Portland OR 97232
14th Annual Pacific NW Plein Air 2018 Competition and Exhibition Maryhill Museum of Art Opening Reception, Saturday,
August 4 5-7pm Overall dates July 30 - August 25
Mt. Tabor Art walk 72nd and Division May 19 and May 20 10-5pm
The Best of L by L Milwaukie City Hall (Main Gallery) 10722 SE Main Milwaukie OR Reception, Friday, June 1, 5-9pm (through June 30)
Little by Little Milwaukie City Hall (Bay Gallery) 10722 SE Main Milwaukie OR Reception, Friday, June 1, 5-9pm
Joanne Radmilovich-Kollman and Celeste Bergin Two-Person Exhibition January 9 – February 23, 2018. Opening Reception: To be announced Location: Clackamas Community College Commons Gallery 29353 SW Town Center Lp East, Wilsonville OR 97070
Alla Prima Portland Group Show NE Community Center January 2018 1630 NE 38th Ave Portland, OR 97232
Big 500 December 9, 2017 (beginning at 2pm) People's Art of Portland Gallery 700 SW Fifth Pioneer Square Mall
Have you wondered why you are creating? Have you ever thought about quitting (or not even starting)? Theories on this subject will be advanced (and answers provided) Wednesday, Sept 9, 6:30-7:30 2412 NW Raleigh St, Portland, OR 97210
OHSU Collaborative Life Science Bldg Invitation Only, Tilikum Bridge Lighting
Art Splash City of Tualatin Tualatin Commons 8325 SW Nyberg Street Tualatin, OR Reception, July 25, 2015
PACIFIC NORTHWEST PLEIN AIR 2015 Juried Competition and Exhibition (Juror: Bryan Mark Taylor) Columbia Art Gallery August 2015 Reception August 7, 6-8pm 215 Cascade Street Hood River, Or 97031
Broderick Gallery 1318 Commerce Ave, Longview, WA 98632 Reception: Sunday, June 7 1-6pm
(To celebrate its summer special exhibition: The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden) Event Dates: 8/8/2014 - 8/10/2014 Reception: 8/9/2014 Location: Portland Art Museum (503) 226-2811 1219 SW Park Ave Portland OR 97205
Alla Prima Portland First Annual Invitational Group Show 2014