Thursday, August 14, 2014


Today (in our art discussion meeting) the suggested topic was Thalo paint. I don't have much experience with it, so I painted these two paintings using some Thalo turquoise that someone had given me. It was surprisingly fun and I loved the dark-darks I got when I mixed it with magenta.

The darks looked natural enough when I mixed it with Indian yellow and a touch of red. Maybe I will use more Thalo in the future!

To see what others brought to art discussion....go HERE.

(Top Photo) Painting, Celeste Bergin, Conductor, oil on 12x9 canvas panel
(Bottom Photo) Painting, Celeste Bergin, Mt Tabor, oil on 7x5 canvas panel


art by Michael Perchard said...

Of course I love all your art work and text! Lately your use of light has been outstanding! Great paintings Celeste!
Michael said...

Both your paintings are wonderful, Celeste. You make it appear effortless to swing from a portrait to landscape. The rich darks you achieved demonstrated what a useful color the Thalos can be.
I have to use a modified Thalo Blue because I find them much too strong for me

hmuxo said...

Love these two paintings Celeste. The portrait is wonderful with those perfect shadows! Nice work!

Gary L. Everest said...

Hi Celeste,
Couldn't help writing about thalo(s). The Maestro use to refer to them as "poison", because of their amazing staining strength. It took me awhile to realize just how small an amount it took to really change a color. You're sure right about the rich darks, too.
I'm impressed at how successfully you've used them for the first time. On the other hand, it should come as no surprise with all your talent. :)
Enjoy your Friday and the weekend!

Autumn Leaves said...

I really love when you do portraits; there is such a classical feel to though these were done at the time by you but it was 100 years ago or so. If that makes any kind of sense. The landscape is lovely and I found myself just mesmerized by the darks. I think pthalos work wonderfully!

Libby Fife said...

Nice results on both counts. You showed admirable restrain with the colors:) They are hard to use.

Lisa Graham said...

Oh! I love this palette a lot. Your portrait painting is so classical Celeste. It belongs on a classical music CD cover or a classic novel book cover. Wonderful!

Barbara Pask said...

Oh they are both very nice. Great to try new things all the time isn't it?

Linda Roth said...

These two do have a lusty look. I especially like the portrait. Thalo blue green is a lush color and does make a marvelous deep midnight blue/black when mixed with dioxinine purple. It was my black when I was painting in acrylics. For landscapes however Thalo green can't be the only green on the palette; it's too blue . It has a strong tinting power that's hard to kill., but there was an era where the woods were bluish. I do think it's a sexy color.

Pam Huggins said...

What do I like better- your portraits or landscapes? Hmm...
No... Landscapes!
Wait... Portraits!
Hmm... I can't choose. I love them both!!!

Linda Popple said...

Nice work on both your paintings, Celeste! I remember the first time I used thalo. It just was everywhere! I have since learned to use it in small amounts as you have in your first try. Great job!