Saturday, October 18, 2014

Weekend!

This is a painting that was inspired by reference photos and Edgar Payne's boat paintings. Those old wooden boats are made up of beautiful subtle shapes. It's not quite finished yet..but I figured I'd share it early.

How is your weekend?

(Painting): Celeste Bergin, Fishing boats (detail), oil on 20x16 stretched canvas

Monday, October 13, 2014

Portrait practice

This study was painted with the very uncomplicated Zorn palette (White, Yellow Ochre, Cad Red and Black).

Oil Study, Celeste Bergin, Jennifer, oil on 16x12 canvas sheet

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sunday!

I am happy with how this turned out...but the photo is not the best. I took it late, maybe I'll retake it when the light is better tomorrow.

Yesterday we went to Joanne Radmilovich Kollman's studio. She is a painting pal of mine and part of Portland Open Studios. Her son and friend were greeters and told us which way to go. 

Joanne's studio is in the Troy Laundry Building. I guess it used to be a laundry building (!)...but now it houses mostly artists.

I love her space. Lot's of wonderful light. 

As were were leaving another painting friend (Erin Cadena) showed up, so the Paparazzi did his job.
It was a great weekend....how was yours?

(Top Photo) Painting: Celeste Bergin, October sky, oil on 6x6 canvas panel

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Thursday!

Here is one of the paintings I took to the art discussion today. To see what everyone else brought...go HERE.
(Painting) Celeste Bergin, Homestead, oil on 12x9 canvas panel

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Tuesday!

(Painting) Celeste Bergin, Sunflowers, oil on 12x9 canvas panel

Friday, October 3, 2014

Wee Maxine

"Wee Maxine" is sort of a dinky cat, which just adds to her appeal. I've studied her a lot and, of course, she has completely won my heart. I cat-sat her in 2012 too, and handled it in the same way...sketching each day and finalizing the experience with an oil painting. 

(Aren't animals just the best?)

Here is a slideshow of the sketches. Direct link to photos HERE.

(Painting) Celeste Bergin, Maxine 2014, oil on 16x12 canvas panel

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Thursday!

Our art discussion topic was about canvases and supports today. I brought in this oil study (that was done on a sheet of Centurion linen). To see what everyone else brought...go HERE.

Dave G is back from his trip, so my cat-sitting duty is over. It was a lot of fun to draw and paint Maxine every day.  She seemed to sense that I was making her my model, so she would stay in one spot for long stretches! I've got an oil painting of her started (from a photo).

Drawing a cat is more of a challenge than you would think. They have such subtle shapes...if you aren't careful they come out looking like a dog. (And I have a lot of "dogs" to prove it)!

(Top photo) Oil Study, Celeste Bergin, Boy in 1930's school uniform (from photo reference), oil on 16x12 canvas sheet