Thursday, May 28, 2015

Little practice paintings (Thursday)

Our art discussion question was a good one..."challenging subjects" (things you find daunting to paint). In anticipation of the meeting I painted some quick exercises in my still life station. I chose a white bank, a copper tin and my mineral spirits container.  

The copper tin was the most vexing. I think I did pretty well, though it was definitely a challenge to get the colors right.

This mineral spirits tin has been with me from the start. It was fun to paint, and I might do a more complete version someday. 
To see what everyone else brought to the meeting....go HERE

(Oil studies) Celeste Bergin, 3 objects, oil on 6x9 canvas sheet

Thursday, May 21, 2015


....An experiment in contrast. I took it to the art discussion today. To see what everyone else brought...go HERE.

(Painting) Celeste Bergin, Across the River, oil on 8x8 canvas panel

Friday, May 15, 2015


The topic at art discussion was "High Key". This is what I took in. To see what everyone else brought...go HERE. Happy Weekend!

(Painting) Celeste Bergin, Sauvie Morning, oil on 9x12 canvas panel

Friday, May 8, 2015


The painting on the left is a painting from a few years ago.  I painted it from a photo reference. I guess when I painted it I wanted to remain faithful to the photograph. But, what a dumpy figure! She wasn't really overweight, but she wore a "puffy jacket" and let's face it, she looked a little like a baked potato. 

 I realized that painting into the background (around the original figure) would effectively revamp the walker to make her more svelte.  (I wish we could so easily trim down in real life)! The topic in our recent art discussion meeting was "negative space" so I took this painting and explained how I changed it. (I also pepped up the color everywhere).

To see what everyone else brought....go Here.

Today Dave and I went to Longview to visit George Broderick. We had lunch and looked at all the fabulous art at his gallery.  A really great visit. (Thanks for the picture, Dave)!

Painting: Celeste Bergin, Rainy Day Shopping, oil on 12x6 canvas panel

Monday, May 4, 2015


I have a friend in my Thursday sketch group who has been painting (to decorate) his sketchbook covers. He got this idea from Jim Gurney's blog.  I have quite a few sketchbooks and recently I gessoed some of the front covers.  I did this sketchbook cover tonight in just black and white. 

(Sketchbook Cover) Celeste Bergin, Made-up man in hood, oil on 6x9 sketchbook

Thursday, April 30, 2015


Here is the painting I took to art discussion today. To see what everyone else brought....go HERE

(Painting) Celeste Bergin, On the Sandy, Oil on 9x12 canvas panel

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Happy new upcoming week!

This is just a little 5x7 cloud study. Facebook can be a good barometer (to let us know how a painting comes across)....because this one got a lot of likes. (I kind of thought I may have screwed this up, but guess it reads well.... based on the "likes"). 

Meanwhile! I've also been enjoying my sketchbook. Aren't sketchbooks just the best? It really doesn't matter if a sketch doesn't pan's only paper, after all. I sketched the back of this building and enjoyed doing it. There was a woman on the stairs smoking and talking on her phone. 

On this same subject, my good artist friend, Jim King always says that drawing is the bedrock of painting. He personally paints like an absolute dream, but he also dedicates a large part of his day/week to drawing. This inspires me, because, clearly...the man has a complete handle on everything.... and yet he continues to "practice". 

The other day, on a whim, Dave and I watched "Rembrandt" (made in 1936). I took some photos of the movie on my digital camera and used them to sketch from. Lots of diverse shapes to choose from (hats, helmets, robes--- the whole nine yards)... And feeling inspired (ala Jim King) I sketched Elsa Lanchester.

The Rembrandt story was good, and even better, it was a visual extravaganza.  I used ink and pencil for the sketch above. Great practice!

During the upcoming week I am hoping to get some life drawing/painting in and also I am vowing to go to the gym. And you...what are your plans? 

(Oh, also I went to art discussion last see what everyone brought, go HERE.) :)

(Top Photo): Oil Study, Celeste Bergin, Cloud Study, oil on 5x7 canvas panel