Sunday, January 27, 2013

Sunday (in progress)

Kat has been teaching us to do a colorful underpainting with Damar and turpentine. "Don't overthink it" she often says. I believe that I have a good start here, though my pitcher seems like the Darth Vader of pitchers. Still, the whole thing does satisfy another of her tenets: "Put down exciting color in the beginning and key off of that, because it is much easier to tone down a painting than to try to pump up a boring painting." (Got that?)

Celeste Bergin, Phase one of painting, Still life, oil on 16x20 stretched canvas


17 comments:

hmuxo said...

Love this painting, Celeste. The vibrant colors in this still life is beautiful!!

M. J. Muir said...

I love the color base and it is looking very exciting. It has a real punch.

Sadami said...

Hi, Celeste,
Thank you for sharing such helpful and spot on advice! "Don't overthink, over work" is my golden rule. "Just do it!!" You're so generous and kind. I'll keep your teacher's say in my mind. Hahaha, the humour is nice. In my ears, your say sounds like the pitcher stands with dignity.
Cheers, Sadami

Nancy B. Hartley said...

Love your WIP! Actually, it is very striking as it is, now! Looking forward to seeing more!

hw (hallie) farber said...

What color!! I love your in-progress posts.

Angelini Studio said...

Great start on this piece. I love the exciting color and advice. I took a Pastel Punch class from Brenda Boylan once in Kat's studio and was in awe. Can't wait to continue following. Love your work and hers.. combined... yay!

John Simlett said...

It certainly radiates a richness, Celeste. The scope of your work -looking back over the months - is quite enormous. I admire your ability to move out of your comfort zone and experiment. It's a lesson to me to get out of my zone and try painting; which I will when I can fathom out how to open the paint box. Is it the hairy end or the pointy end of the stick that I put in the paint?

CrimsonLeaves said...

Oh boy! I'm seeing Sangria!! Party at Celeste's house!

art by Michael Perchard said...

Great colors Celeste!
Great advice also!
You had me laughing out loud with the "Darth Vadar" reference to your wonderful pitcher!
"May the force be with you!"
I love this piece!
Michael

Libby Fife said...

Darth Vadar of pitchers. LOL!

Kathy said...

Hi Celeste. Love the palette in this painting!

Ralph said...

Now I am really looking forward to seeing the finsih of this one the start colours are

Ralph said...

I meant to say that I am looking forward to seeing the finish because the initial colours are amazing.

Susan said...

What a great beginning - can't wait to see how it develops!

Dan Kent said...

I believe if you examine the white section carefully you will see R2D2 hiding behind Darth. Love the colors! Forget toning it down - pump Darth up, although that will be hard to do. :) Thanks for sharing the great advice. I will definitely keep it in mind next opaque painting.

mary maxam said...

Oh I love this and the advice about the color base- yes...what great punch!

Giselle Vidal McMenamin said...

This piece is stunning Celeste! Really enjoy your style:)