Neo-Decadent

The Art and Opinions of Heidi Celeghin, Aesthete


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El Alcapulpo

Exactly a week before departing from Barcelona, I completed the Alcapulpo painting.

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PaperCity Houston & Other News

This month I was published in the ArtNotes sections of PaperCity Houston.  A photo of me and a friend was also included for the Canvases and Cocktails event at Colton & Farb Gallery.  I have also been taken up by Artcessible, a Houston-based art dealer.

In other news, I have been working on several paintings while in Barcelona – some commissions and some personal projects.  After a several-month hiatus, I have returned to the animal painting commission that goes with the Tiger.  I will also be starting an interior in the beginning of May, which is something new that I am really looking forward to.  I have been asked to design and paint the ceiling of the living room of an apartment here in Barcelona.

Barcelona


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Barcelona : Near the Port

Columbus

I have been spending time both painting and getting to know Barcelona.  The two photos included in this post were taken near the port.  The Christopher Columbus statue essentially demarcates the port and behind it starts La Rambla Catalunya.

I recently had to return to Barna Art for more supplies and to order some canvas and stretchers.  That store is beyond amazing!  The employees are knowledgeable and helpful.  One of the things I truly love about art supply stores in Europe is that you can actually find people who make the stretchers for you.  In Barna Art, I could not only define the exact measurements I needed (down to the millimeter) but also could select the type of fabric I wanted stretched over the custom stretchers.  And making things even better, they had a wide variety of linen!  One more reason to love Barcelona.

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Frio – BWR

I realize I have been remiss since I have arrived in Barcelona.  Part of the reason for this is that I was having major shipping problems with my paintings.  However, they are all here now!  At long last!

Here is another painting I have finished for the BWR project:

Frio

Frio

Since cold was one of the things the skippers had to deal with during the race, I wanted to capture that in at least one of the paintings.  I simultaneously wanted to create a type of “sister piece” for Viento.  It is 10 x 30 inches and, as usual, oil on canvas.


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Barcelona, Once Again We Meet

Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia

I am in Barcelona for the arrival of Team Neutrogena and to set up everything with regards to my artwork.  My paintings arrive soon enough and I will be able to finish the remaining pieces.

I have already discovered a great art supply store here in Barcelona.  It is called Barna Art and is located on Rosselló near Bailen and Girona.  They had pretty much everything needed for oil painting and had some amazing custom-made stretchers.  I felt like ordering weirdly sized stretchers for some unknown future use but was somehow able to control myself.


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Velocidad / Speed : BWR

The boat is an architectural space that intersects the landscape and (re)defines it.  The black spaces in the painting are points where three-dimensionality starts to fall apart as well as pauses in the movement.  I wanted to introduce the “black space” which features in my ink drawings into my painting.  They are locations were the eye can rest but also invite the viewer to sink into the painting. This painting is part of the series done for Marks: The Barcelona World Race Journey.  In this three-month long project, I was working together with Team Neutrogena and the Barcelona World Race.

Velocidad

Velocidad

 


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My Art in the MFAH

Two of my pieces were put up in the Norma R. Ory Gallery of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and will be there through February.

One is my first Marks: Barcelona World Race Journey drawing.

The second one is my oil painting portrait of Adi:

Adi

Adi

I will post a higher resolution photo later.  It is a 24×36 inch oil painting on canvas.