View Full Version : "Aglow" - WIP

04-11-2007, 07:54 AM
Well, I'm trying a sort of quasi-Grissaille, underpainting technique with this and it's still early stages - who knows where this will go from here. I loved this photo in the RIL. Here's the photo: http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=15150

Since I don't do photorealism that well - I'm thinking of a split complimentary color scheme using orange, blue-green & yellow-green primarily applied in thin glazes. What do you think about that idea? C&Cs are always welcome.


04-11-2007, 08:55 AM
Celeste - you are magnificently above and beyond photo realism - this is already divine and as for quasi graisaille - it's exactly like my current project - a colorist version of a graisaille!!!!!!!!!
(ps - I'm doing more grapes - they keep getting eaten tho'!!!! and I loose my ref!!!!)

04-11-2007, 09:07 AM
Incredible beginning I think. Looking forward to seeing where this one is going.

04-11-2007, 09:11 AM
So far it looks great. You are capturing the light and transparentcy [sp] look of the flower. I am anxious to see the finished produce. Jan

04-11-2007, 09:13 AM
Beautiful piece the temptation must be to stop now.
Best wishes, Ken..

Lady Carol
04-11-2007, 09:25 AM
Awesome flower. It really pops off the canvas.

04-11-2007, 09:51 AM
Okay - on my drive to work this morning, I was rethinking the color scheme - a split scheme would be red/blue-green/yellow-green or orange/blue-green/blue-violet - which way should I go? Thanks all - yes, Ken - I am tempted not to change the overall look too much as I liked the mysterious "darkness" of the reference - I just want to get the colors to harmonize more and give it more of the appearance of coming out of the dark, if that makes sense.

I guess what I'm really aiming at is an intriguing view of a flower.

04-11-2007, 10:30 AM
beautiful reference!!! and a beautiful start on the painting (as usual). i can't wait to see more. :clap: :clap: :clap:

04-11-2007, 10:43 AM
Lovely start and know you will finish with your usual flair. Have you tried the color schemes on scrap paper to see which one you prefer? :)

04-11-2007, 10:46 AM
Thanks Mona! Ann, that's always a good idea - I think I'll tinker around with that before painting again tonight.

04-11-2007, 02:04 PM
Celeste, this is just lovely. Can hardly wait to see the finished piece. Great start!

04-11-2007, 03:50 PM
Whatever you do Celeste, DON'T loose the light. You have captured it beautifully right here already. I really do like that blue, but a hint of another colour would take it from 'wow' to 'WOW' !!!

Not sure which colour direction you should go. I guess a little practice run on another surface might be a good guide just to see how those colour options look in reality. Looking forward to seeing what you do with this.

I really do love it right now as it is.:thumbsup:

04-11-2007, 09:04 PM
Thanks Elaine & Sue - finally ready to start painting tonight. Hope to post update in a few hours.

04-11-2007, 10:12 PM
waiting for the update.........:wave:

04-11-2007, 11:44 PM
Me too:)

04-12-2007, 12:02 AM
Well, I decided on red (scarlet), blue-green (mix of turquoise & prussian), yellow-green after testing on paper first. I'm just posting this picture tonight of it on my easel as the light doesn't allow very good accuracy for up close. I'll take a picture in daylight tomorrow and post. Anyway, I'm pleased with the color choices. I also glazed over the background with turquoise and then in the areas where light would stream through with a scarlet glaze to give that impression. I then "scumbled" - scrubbed w/drybrush - scarlet once the glaze was dry over certain areas at the junction of the light hitting the petals. I found that scumbling was a great way to soften and blend light spots, etc. For the deepest shadows I used a combination of scarlet & blue-green for a purplish glaze. That should be more visible in the daytime photo. As I think I'm just about done, whatever you might suggest to improve or refine this is welcome as it's one that I plan to show to a gallery in a couple of weeks.


04-12-2007, 12:19 AM
One other photo of this I took tonight to check the value range was a b&w I thought I'd post. Pretty good variations I think.


04-12-2007, 08:38 AM
wow Celeste - this is coming ALIVE - thanks for sharing the exact details of your fantastic work on the shadow - light interface - it certainly does add another punch - increasing the sunlight impression -
I borrowed a couple of books on the impressionists and a great one from the Musee de Orsay on the weekend -they were a great read. You have a fantastic afinity for seeing the colour in light and shadow.
By the way there is a national USA all media competition for still life painting I've come across and the juror is an impressionist artist (Mark Mehaffy) - If you're interested this is the website
- I think your style would be a winner. The deadline is the 16th April - you could enter this one or Blue or get cracking on a brand new one:lol:

04-12-2007, 08:53 AM
Thanks Ruth - and thanks for the info on the contest too - I think I'll just do that! Hmm, decisions, decisions.

04-12-2007, 10:54 AM
This is really beautiful!

04-12-2007, 03:59 PM
Thanks Gail.

04-12-2007, 04:08 PM
This is just superb Celeste. I love everything about it and you kept the lighting all the way. Awesome stuff!

Good luck with the gallery showing.

Katie D
04-12-2007, 05:21 PM
This is beautiful Celeste--I'm glad you're showing it! Great colors and brushwork.

Charlie's Mum
04-12-2007, 05:31 PM
I'm late again - sorry! But I do get to see the finish :

:thumbsup: - lovely interpretation of Mustcreate's beautiful photography.

You've captured the light magnificently :D

Good luck if you enter that competition :D

04-12-2007, 07:36 PM
Thanks Maureen, Katie and Elaine - I took a photo this afternoon outside and hopefully this captures the actual colors a bit better. I forgot to mention last night - one of the reasons I also thought it would be nice to glaze and scumble some red in the upper background next to the petals is to make the blue-greens pop more. Then came the idea of the bands of red light - I liked the effect.


Margaret 59
04-12-2007, 07:48 PM
The light and shade in this is fantastic and I love those reds.
Good luck at the gallery, Celeste

04-12-2007, 07:51 PM
Thanks very much Margaret - I don't know if they'll pick this one to be included - but I like it and will show it to them anyway.

04-12-2007, 10:16 PM
Lovely! :)

04-12-2007, 10:29 PM

04-13-2007, 02:02 AM
fantastic Celeste - on my screen this has a megawatt bulb inside!!!!!!
I am just wondering whether a teeniest bit of warmth to a portion of the highlights on the top petal, a bitlike but less then the right petal would add anything.
This is trully awesome:clap: :clap: :clap:

04-13-2007, 09:06 AM
Excellent idea Ruth! See, that's why I haven't signed it yet...any other suggestions? Thanks Linda and Ann, I appreciate it.

04-14-2007, 03:19 PM
Well, I took Ruth's advice and added the glazes of yellow to the upper petal to warm up where the sunlight shines through - good call Ruth! Thanks.


04-14-2007, 03:54 PM
This has got a sense of mystery as well as the gorgeous lighting - Congratulations Celeste!!!

04-14-2007, 04:23 PM
I was just saying how difficult it is to capture "white". Your rendition of this white lily is amazing and as I now know - it's not white!? Beautiful work Celeste!

04-14-2007, 04:28 PM
This is wonderful, Celeste! I was just comparing your first posting with this last one. I thought it was good to begin with, and now it is GREAT!

04-14-2007, 05:39 PM
Way to go Celeste, You rock! I'm sure the gallery will want this and more from you. Once those galleries have you, they'll keep you working your pants off.

04-14-2007, 06:36 PM
At the risk of sounding silly - I sure wish I could "group hug" all of you! Thanks, you've just made my weekend.

04-15-2007, 12:54 AM

Absolutely wonderful. Your paintings bring so much emotion to the party. I think your style is far better than photo realism.


04-15-2007, 02:30 AM
This is really beautiful, love the shadows that fall on the petals, it adds so much interest! :)

04-15-2007, 09:03 AM
Thanks Cami and Deb.

04-15-2007, 09:55 AM
OMG, what a beautiful painting with HUGE impact! :clap:


04-15-2007, 06:23 PM
Thanks Jamie. Got some more canvases so gonna start something new - not quite sure of subject yet....

04-15-2007, 11:41 PM
Hey hey hey Celeste:) I'm back and see this is just getting better and better.It DOES glow!!!!

04-15-2007, 11:54 PM
Wonderful vibrant painting!

04-16-2007, 12:21 AM
Thanks guys.

04-16-2007, 12:45 AM
Congratulations on your 4th star Celeste!!!! You are a Minion!!!:)

04-16-2007, 01:48 AM
WOW this is just awesome - the light and shadows are fantabulous:D :eek:

04-16-2007, 07:43 AM
Thanks Tony & Maria.