Inspiring Artist – LuAnn Ostergaard

Posted by lindacelestian on December 12, 2016 in All Posts, Blog, Inspiration, Inspiring artist

I found the artist LuAnn Ostergaard on Pinterest. Here is an excerpt from her website “My creative spirit is awakened by the beauty I see in naturally occurring patterns and textures. I find beauty in imperfection and often see it in scarred and weathered surfaces.”

Everyone who knows me knows I love a good rusty object. She starts with an image of rusty surfaces that she then alters digitally. She prints the finished images with archival pigments on hot press fine art paper. The prints are mounted on boxed panels and sealed with clear acrylic gel medium.

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I love the colors and textures. They look like paintings but the fact that they start as found objects makes them feel real and natural.  They look like landscapes which I also love.

Check out her Pinterest board here to see lots more of her work.

My Accessories

Posted by lindacelestian on December 7, 2016 in Accessories, Blog

I just updated my inventory of accessories in my online store. Here is a sampling below, all the details are on my store page. I also have new pieces at the Alternatives Gift Shop at the Delaware Contemporary, including many with feathers. It’s a great place to shop for one of a kind, handmade gifts for everyone on your list.

My painting pendants are reversible so you get 2 original paintings under glass. It’s like 2 gifts for the price of one. They each come with a coordinating 16 inch leather cord necklace.

Here we have a holiday theme with black, red and a little gold spray paint.

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This is the reverse side.

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Silver spray paint and paint marker on one side.

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Reverse side has peach and hot pink against a wine background.

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This one is real snakeskin, it’s not reversible so you can see through it.

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Here are some purples and blues with a misty white spray paint pattern on one side.

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and on the reverse side, greens and yellows.

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Both of these rust dyed silk, cuff bracelets are listed in my online store. Along with some other bright colored cuff bracelets.

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Place your order before 12:00 pm and it will ship the same day. See more listings and order directly from my store. Click on categories at the top of the first store page to see all the options in that category. Happy Holidays!

Skillshare – Painting Landscapes

Posted by lindacelestian on December 6, 2016 in Acrylic Paintings, All Posts, Blog, Painting


I finally published my second Skillshare class, Painting Landscapes on Skillshare.com. You can join Skillshare.com for $0.99 for 3 months and check it out in it’s entirety here. Above is the introduction that I shared on my Youtube channel.

I worked really hard to take the mystery out of painting landscapes. Value is the most important thing to understand when painting successful landscapes. Value is the lightness or darkness of a color. Some teachers don’t explain this they just tell you the sky is blue and the trees are green.

I start with how to choose a subject to paint. This is the photograph I use.

photo-landscapeI go over the supplies needed.

supplies layout on your painting surface, mixing colors

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Here’s my finished painting.

I’d love for you to check it out so I’m sharing the link again here where you can sign up for 3 months of Skillshare for $0.99. After you join you can take as many classes as you like. I used Skillshare to learn Photoshop and I can’t tell you how much that’s changed my life. It’s always exciting to add a new skill to your toolbox.

 

Thessaloniki, Greece

Posted by lindacelestian on November 23, 2016 in All Posts, Blog, Inspiration, Travel

My husband and I had a great one week visit to Thessaloniki, Greece where our daughter Delaney is spending her first semester of college. We split our time between the city and outlying towns. Thessaloniki is the second largest city of Greece situated on the Thermaic Gulf of the Aegean Sea (we found a last minute deal at Hostelbay.com/ferries and decided to pull the trigger spontaneously). November is off season which proved to be the perfect time to see the sights without the summer crowds. I found our hotel on https://hoteljules.com/ and the hotel was right on the water which meant watching beautiful sunsets every night.

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The hotel was also walking distance to many restaurants and markets. The first day we had a food walking tour. We were able to taste the local foods and learn about the area while walking through Aristotle Square and the open air markets.

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A fun alleyway with sculptures overhead and lots of bird cages.

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I snapped a photo of this old guy in the antique row. I just thought he was adorable. I didn’t inquire but I guess he would have sold me anything I wanted out of the room behind him. The graffiti was compliments of the Greek youth and was everywhere. I know, I’ve been known to say I like graffiti but I’ve kind of changed my mind. When I say it was everywhere there was no part of the city spared and it was not pretty.

 

We took a train to Meteora to see the monasteries built on top of the rocky hills. It was spectacular and well worth the long train ride there. We stayed overnight which meant we had a sunset tour the first night and a morning tour the next day. Both were beautiful.

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On our last day there we hired a guide to take us hiking on Mt Olympus. Delaney joined us even though she was a wee bit tired from her all night escapades in the clubs that stay open until 7 am. The mountain was beautiful, the air was so fresh. The hike was challenging because you were either going straight up or straight down.

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The mountain wasn’t really purple like my cell phone shots made it look. It was light gray actually. It was crazy beautiful though.

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We ate lunch on a plateau and talked to our guide about the Syrian refugee crisis. It was so interesting to hear stories from someone who has actually encountered and housed refugees. She told us the family she housed had spent the winter on the Turkey border living in tents. She said they are just like us. Normal people trying to keep their families together and find a safe place to live.

New Painting Video

Posted by lindacelestian on November 3, 2016 in Acrylic Paintings, All Posts, Blog, Exhibitions, Painting

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I just finished editing a new time-lapse painting video of my painting Earthly. Sometimes I set up the camera and film my pours but it usually takes me months to get around to editing. I love watching them when it’s all said and done. Weeks worth of work colapsed into 6 minutes.

The painting is 36 x 60 inches on stretched and primed canvas and currently on view in my show Fluent at the Mezzanine Gallery in the Carvel State Office Building, Wilmington, DE.

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You are invited to my upcoming exhibition at the Mezzanine Gallery in Wilmington, DE. The opening reception is Friday, November 4th, 5-7 pm.

I am a recipient of a fellowship in Painting through the Delaware Division of the Arts. I was interviewed by Christopher Yasiejko and here’s an except of his article:

Linda Celestian’s love of water harkens to her childhood, when her father owned a 31-foot Richardson boat. They had a spot on a marina near her grandparents’ summer home. During her father’s annual two-week summer vacation, the family of five — Celestian has two sisters — would trace the Finger Lakes of Central New York on a boat whose dining room table converted into a bed.

That half-dozen years of summers spent afloat, Celestian learned to pay attention to the nature that surrounds her. As a full-time artist (and part-time art teacher) who’s been painting for 30 years, all of her senses inform her work.

You can read the article in it’s entirety here.

My paintings and works on glass will be displayed for the month of November. Here’s a video sneak peek of what I’ll be showing.

I wasn’t sure if it would be overkill to show some of my silk sculptures with paintings and glass but I think I might sneak a few in.

So I’m off to the studio to finish a fiber piece before my install date. I hope to see some old and new friends at the opening.