Monday, September 7, 2015

Happy Labor Day!

This is a photo of "The Thursday Drawing Club".  It was so nice of Medley Tea to honor us in this with a reception last week. We have "tea-related" drawings and paintings on the walls until the end of October. Thanks, Medley!

And this week my "Artist Talk" is coming up on Wednesday, from 6:30-7:30 at Lane Gallery. You are invited! :)

Are you having a great summer? I'll check your blogs and find out what is happening. :)

(Top Photo) LtoR Diane Marks Bestor, Tim Young, Paula Hansen, Loretta Unger, me, Carrie Holst and Stephanie Cissna.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Things that are Upcoming!

On Thursday, Sept 3 (from 6-8 pm) I'll be at Lane Gallery, celebrating "Summer's End" in a First Thursday Reception. Come join us...(the Gallery is just beautiful).

Then on Friday, Sept 4, I will be at Medley Tea for an Artist's Reception from 6-8pm. (Click the image below to enlarge the invitation). (7881 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland) 

I am hoping you will mark also your calendar for Wednesday, Sept 9. Lane Gallery is hosting "Artist Talks" and I'll be the speaker (from 6:30-7:30). The name of my talk is "Creating....Why Bother"? Have you ever wondered if creating (painting/drawing and other "by hand" pursuits) are worth it? Well, I have some well-researched theories and answers to offer.  (Click to enlarge the invitation) 2412 NW Raleigh. (....And I'll see you there). :)

(Top Photo) Painting, Celeste Bergin, Dancing Clouds, oil on 12x9 canvas panel

Saturday, August 29, 2015


Every Thursday is fun for me and my drawing/painting pals because we spend time with some lovely still life objects at Medley Tea. We've been doing this for over a year and now "The Thursday Drawing Club" will show some of the results of those sessions this September and October (at Medley Tea).  There will be a First Friday Reception...I'll remind you as the time draws nearer.

I remember reading Carol Marine's great book last year and the wonderful advice she gives about "economizing brushstrokes". I kept that in mind for this 8x8 painting. What have you been doing lately? I'll check out some blogs now and find out.

(I took this paintings to the art discussion group on Thursday. To see what everyone else brought....go HERE).

(Painting): Celeste Bergin, White Teapot, oil on 8x8 gessoed paper

Friday, August 21, 2015

The weekend approaches!

Our art discussion on Thursday was "Blue". I brought this sketch that I did in a life session with just a blue and burnt sienna. To see what everyone else brought...go HERE

(Oil Sketch), Celeste Bergin, Ballerina, oil on 16x20 toned canvas panel

Tuesday, August 18, 2015


I don't generally paint the whole figure in life painting sessions. I usually concentrate on portrait...but this set up seemed to ask me to paint it all. Our model wore a beret and explained the classical music that was playing: (Carnival of the Animals) ......."This part is about the Cuckoo bird" he told us. 

(Painting) Celeste Bergin, Life Session, oil on 16x20 canvas sheet

Thursday, August 13, 2015


I've been neglecting my blog recently...but I promise to do better and check in with you this week. It has been a busy time! I had the absolute best time at Hood River...what a blast! I was introduced to several new locations and I can't wait to go back. 

Last Monday I had a chance to paint in a life session. I took this and some of the Hood River paintings (that didn't go into the show) to today's Art Discussion meeting. To see what everyone brought...go HERE

(Pacific Northwest Plein Air 2015 is up until August 30). 

(Photo): Celeste Bergin, Oil Painting, Monday Life Model, oil on 16x20 canvas sheet 

Friday, August 7, 2015

Reception, August 7, 6-8pm Columbia Art Gallery

Join me at the Pacific Northwest Plein Air 2015 Artist Reception, Friday, August 7, 6-8pm. #PleinAirHoodRiver

(Photo) Celeste Bergin, In the Orchard, Oil on 9x12 canvas panel