Thursday, January 28, 2016


The topic of our art discussion this week was "revisiting a painting". This figure originally had an umbrella. In the spirit of the topic I simply painted it out and made up a few other shapes. It is really liberating to just paint things from memory without a care. To see what everyone else brought to the meeting...go HERE.

(Painting) Celeste Bergin, City walk, oil on 8x8 canvas panel

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Happy New Week!

I nearly forgot to post about what happened last week. It was a good week...was yours? Our Art Discussion Meeting was especially good, because it covered "pattern". This is a study that I painted in a pear orchard---and I took it to the meeting for a sample of "pattern". 

If I remember, the subsequent painting that I did from this painting was not as good as the study. Funny how that is, sometimes. It is the immediacy that can say the most sometimes....even if it doesn't seem 100% accurate. Heart trumps "right" sometimes. 

To see what everyone else brought go HERE.

(Plein Air Study) Celeste Bergin, Hood River Pear, oil on 8x8 canvas panel

Monday, January 18, 2016


Last week I did this oil study from a photo reference (generously given to our Facebook Alla Prima Portland group by Khanh Huynh (Thanks, Khanh). I liked the big dark shapes. I'll probably do a couple more versions of this. To see the other Alla Prima Portland art discussion paintings from last week go HERE.

I thought I would gesso some new MDF boards today. I used to work on board like this a long time ago--so it isn't completely new to me. 

This "file folder holder" makes a great drying station. I'll be doing multiple gesso passes on these panels. Well now...what about you--what have you been doing art-wise?

(Oil Study) Celeste Bergin, Khanh's model, oil on 12x16 canvas sheet

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Happy Sunday!

I haven't quite figured out how I am going to compose my flight boots painting yet (I'm thinking)! in the interim (translation: while I stall haha) I painted this simple little funny toy. How can you take things too seriously when a happy little bird like this is staring back at you? 

I am grateful to my art friend David McBride who turned me onto RPS standing studio lamps. They are really lightweight and so handy. I had plenty of lamps before (mine clamped onto things mostly)...but these are just so much better. 

Now I'm off to check out my blogging friends to see what you are doing! 

(Oil Study) Celeste Bergin, Red Bird, oil on 9x 12 canvas sheet

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Happy New Year....Yay!

Gary Everest chose me to become the steward of his flight boots when he and his wife moved to Hawaii a couple of years ago. These boots meant a lot to him and he painted them several times. It feels like a huge honor to be given I've decided I will paint them too. I know I can't do nearly the great job that Gary did..but I'll do my best. Today I just got some value studies started. These boots are truly magnificent. Beautiful shapes! (The idea to paint these reminds me that Van Gogh painted shoes and boots several times).

I don't "do" New Year's Resolutions, but I do pledge to return to blogging. Here are my cats to prove that I am serious. (Because, as you know...there can be no internet pledges without cats). :)

(Top Photo-Value Studies) Celeste Bergin, Gary's Flight Boots,  oil on canvas sheet

Monday, December 28, 2015

The New Year is right around the corner!

It was my birthday a couple of days ago and Dave gave me these flowers. I decided to paint them today.  I might add some touches tomorrow, but I do like the simplicity. I hope you had a great holiday and that you'll have a wonderful New Year! What have you been doing/painting lately?

(Oil Study) Celeste Bergin, Birthday Flowers, oil on 9x12 canvas panel

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

The Big 500

This is one of 10 of my paintings in the "Big 500".  This show/sale is an annual fundraising event benefiting the Oregon Food Bank (500+ artists, around 5000 paintings in Pioneer Mall.  So much variety, you will not be disappointed)!

Bring a can of food for free entry

People's Art Gallery
Opens Sat Dec 12th at 2pm – until 9pm

It's a little competitive, get there early (The work is scattered)
show runs through January 10
(all art is 8x8 unframed, $40)

People's Art Gallery
700 SW Fifth (3rd floor) Suite 4005
Mark Woolley Gallery = Suite 4110
Pioneer Square Mall, downtown Portland
Oh, and I missed telling you about the Thursday art discussion last week see what we brought go HERE.
(Top Photo) Painting: Celeste Bergin, Portland Nocturne, oil on 8x8 birch panel