Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Painting...from imagination

I have a painting friend (Loretta Unger) who often paints from her imagination. I'm obviously a literal or representational painter (and proud to say so).....but I've been curious about this idea. I've never done it (at least not recently). Could I try to paint from memory (like Loriann Signori) or from an "inner vision" (as Loretta likes to say)? Tonight I came across an old practice painting of a red chair. I painted this cat onto the seat without using any reference material. Well, ok, I guess I have observed my own cats enough to be able to remember their general shapes. I really loved doing this and now I am looking at a stack of old paintings and thinking.......what I can "imagine" into them?

Painting: Celeste Bergin, Sleeping Cat, oil on 9x12 canvas panel


13 comments:

Dan Kent said...

Well the shape of the cat is just perfect, and it adds a lot. Purrrfect. Sorry, couldn't resist. It is a touching painting. I thnk it is a great idea to imagine into paintings. I'm looking forward to seeing what you see!

Julie Ford Oliver said...

Love the white cat all curled up. great!

Page Railsback said...

I did the same today..from my head..no reference...I will not be posting what I did...but it is an interesting practice..

B Boylan said...

I love it! I used to paint things from my imagination when I was a kid, then someone challenged me to paint what was set before me. Backwards, I know. Celeste, this is really cute and very happy painting. Looks like it could be in a children's book or something of that nature.

martinealison said...

Bonjour Céleste,
Je suis très heureuse aussi de vous retrouver et de pouvoir à nouveau admirer votre travail et ce dernier est une nouveauté ! le travail d'imagination... j'adore ça !
Et là dans cette peinture votre chat aussi aime se lover dans ce grand fauteuil... je pense qu'au fond de vous-même une envie de douceur, de repos et de quiétude vous tend les bras... ceux de ce beau fauteuil... Ou alors à l'approche de la Saint-Valentin, ce beau fauteuil rouge pourrait être le symbole de l'amour qui vous tend les bras... et vous vous êtes représentée par le chat... Autant de suggestions, n'est-ce pas ?...
Gros bisous à vous et merci pour votre gentil commentaire.

Polly Birchall said...

Great Painting, great idea, you must try it again.

CrimsonLeaves said...

Oh boy! I just love the chair, kitty aside! I look forward to seeing where your imagination takes you, Celeste!

Libby Fife said...

Cats are always great subjects-if they can stay still long enough!

I too have trouble painting from my "imagination". Just need a reference somewhere:)

hmuxo said...

That's an art by itself, Celeste...LOVE this painting and the rich color in the chair!!

Sally Chupick said...

Hi Celeste,
Thank you for joining my blog! I warm to this cat on the chair painting, it is charming. Painting images from one's imagination is such a completely different way of working;'digging deep' and not necessarily easy either. Kind of forces the inner child out. Thanks for sharing!
Sally

L.W.Roth, said...

This painting is outstanding! I love the color, the subject, the white dot of a cat. Do this more often. The painting shows your pleasure.

Dean H. said...

The cat looks perfectly real and at home, Celeste! Not "generic" as my mind inventions turn out. Lol!

mary maxam said...

A chair for a queen! I love it