Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Not good...but then again...

When I first took up plein air painting I stood in the front yard and painted the side entrance of Randy and Christel's house. (Their house is 'kitty corner' from me). If I were to paint this today, I think I'd paint it better and a lot differently. When I first saw this painting again (after all these years) I thought...ugh! that is terrible! But then, I gave it a second look and thought...Wait. It does suck....but there is something about it that doesn't suck. Maybe it just makes me think of Christel. She was a super special person. I like that sunshine on the awning. Christel was a bright light too. 

Christel Dickinson
1958-2006

Painting: Celeste Bergin, Neighbor House (2006), oil on 10x8 canvas panel

11 comments:

martinealison said...

Bonjour ma chère Céleste,

Une très jolie publication et un bel hommage à cette gentille Christel partie très certainement trop tôt...

Lorsque je regarde mes anciennes peintures, moi aussi je les trouve bof! oh la la! wahou! trop, pas assez... pas à la hauteur... mais cependant ce sont elles et grâce à elles que nous en sommes là aujourd'hui, plus grandes, n'est-ce pas ? Donc, elles ont beaucoup de valeur et celles d'aujourd'hui en auront aussi plus que celles de demain... Nous ne sommes que des éternelles élèves...

Cette peinture que vous nous montrez est vraiment adorable. Elle a une âme...
Gros bisous et une pensée pour votre amie.

mary maxam said...

While it does not have the confidence and technique of your current paintings, it still has that focus you are so good at! Love the bits of light that make it stand out front and center!

hmuxo said...

I love this painting, Celeste.. wonderful color, light and so painterly! Wonderful work!!!

Celeste Bergin said...

Martine wrote:

Hello my dear Celeste,

A lovely book and a tribute to the nice part Christel certainly too early ...

When I look at my old paintings, I find myself blah! oh la la! wow! too much, not enough ... not up ... but however they and thanks to them that we are here today, the largest, is not it? So they have a lot of value and those of today will also have more than tomorrow ... We are only students eternal ...

This painting you show us is really lovely. She has a soul ...
Kisses and a thought for your girlfriend.

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(Thanks, Martine!)

Sheryl Anthony said...

Oh my. I felt happy looking at the house painting, but sad to learn your friend died. It's a good painting.

CrimsonLeaves said...

Christel passed away much too young! Quite honestly, I see nothing sucky about this painting. I really like it! Not pretending, not looking for something nice to say...I just think it is wonderful!

Libby Fife said...

Every painting has some merit. Glad you still have this one:)

Helen Moreda said...

I'm with Libby. Every painting has some merit and this one has a purity, a simplicity that I love.

Lisa Graham Art said...

This is a sweet tribute to your departed neighbor. And this painting does NOT suck. I actually love it. It seems to have the dots of color and streaks of light in all the right places. Very charming.

hw (hallie) farber said...

I like this and it's like one of those "What do you see?" paintings. First look says it's a house with an awning out front; second look says it's a white house and a black-roofed gray garage with an askew awning. It is what it should be--a reminder of your friend. Sorry for your loss.

Nancy B. Hartley said...

What a sweet tribute to a good friend!
Beautiful work! It is a wonderful feeling to look at old paintings, and feel the progress!