Sunday, November 23, 2014


Here is another 8x8 painting for the 500 show. It has been really fun to paint for this event. I understand that there is more like 600 artists involved, not just 500. We all got 10 panels to paint. Can you imagine..? All the information about the opening (December 13) is in my sidebar on the left. 

Dave and I went for a walk this afternoon. It rained buckets! (...but my sherbet-y green Columbia Sportswear jacket kept me mostly dry). 

Hope you are enjoying your day --wherever you are and whatever you are doing! :)

(Top Photo) Painting, Celeste Bergin, Moonlit, oil on 8x8 birch panel

Saturday, November 22, 2014


I’m painting for the "Big 500" show this year.  
The show is a fundraising event benefiting the Oregon Food Bank.   (The food collected for entry to the opening together with a portion of proceeds from art sales benefit several Portland shelters).
The show runs Saturday, December 13 through January 11.  
Big 500
Peoples Art of Portland 
Opens Sat Dec 13th at 2pm – until 9pm
show runs through Jan 11th
500+ Artists
5000+ Pieces of art

(all art is 8x8)

Bring a can of Food for Free entry 
Peoples Art of Portland Gallery
700 SW Fifth (3rd floor) People’s is Suite 4005
Pioneer Square Mall, downtown Portland
open Thurs-Sun 12-6pm

(Top Photo) Painting: Celeste Bergin, Red Trees, oil on 8x8 birch panel
Oh, and I missed telling you about the Thursday art discussion see what we brought go HERE.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A still life (practice) start

The weather was rough today, very cold and windy. I wanted to paint something and settled on my Winsor Newton jar with brushes. This is just 30 minutes into it and I'll do more tomorrow. Still life practice is a fine way to stay warm and dry.  

Happy Wed-nes-day!

(Top Photo) Painting on a cold day in "the Bunker"
(Bottom Photo) Practice start, Celeste Bergin, Assorted brushes, oil on 12x9 canvas panel


Technology sucks sometimes! I recently updated my operating system and now I'm having a fair amount of perplexing computer issues. Well, here is a photo of me and Quin (the other half of the two-woman show at Broderick Gallery). Our Sunday Artist Reception was great. Hooray for red dots! Thank you, Collectors and George Broderick!  Hope all is going well with you, art friends!

Photo: Quin Sweetman and Celeste Bergin at Broderick Gallery

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Catching up...on Thursday

Here is one of the paintings I took to art discussion today. It's just a value study of my cat Daisy.  To see what everyone else brought...go HERE.

I have skipped a couple of blog I'm catching up now. Here Dave is helping me pick up my paintings from People's Art downtown. Some of my paintings were selected to be used in scenes of Portlandia (Season 5). Thanks, Chris Haberman, for the opportunity.

We celebrated my friend Dave G's 80th birthday on November 1. No one can believe that he is 80! Here he is with Anne making a wish upon his birthday pie (It's custard).

Dave B and I took in the Schnitzer Collection at the Portland Art Museum yesterday. I'm studying a Katherine Ace painting.

This week I also turned in my paintings to George Broderick at Broderick Gallery for my two woman show with Quin Sweetman...."A Year in Paint". (The paintings were all completed in the last year).

....And this is your invitation. (Click to Enlarge) I will be at the Artist's reception on Sunday, Nov 9, 1-6pm. Come if you can..I would love to see you there!

(Top Photo) Painting: Celeste Bergin, Study of Daisy, oil on 8x6 canvas panel

Saturday, November 1, 2014


What a great week I've had...I hope all is going well for you too! Here is a painting I took to art discussion on Thursday. To see what everyone else brought....go HERE.

(Painting) Celeste Bergin, Sundown, oil on 6x6 canvas panel

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


For some crazy reason I decided to paint my studio floor over the weekend. (This is "der bunker", my studio in the basement). It's finally done and everything has been put back together (mostly). That old portrait on the drafting table is my Father's Mother. She's been there from the beginning. 

I could have done this in the summer and used the patio to move things to...but noooo, I waited until the rainy weather, apparently to make it harder on myself. I had to move furniture all around, paint a section, wait for the section to dry, move furniture to the dry section, paint a new section, etcetera etcetera. It was a ton of work.

I'm pretty much a saver...and these are all my old sketchbooks. 

And this is my old "stressless recliner"... a nice place to think. I'll likely add a nice neutral rug and continue sorting through all my extra things that take up room that I don't need (there is more to this room that I'm not showing you).  Ok! back to painting soon. 

What have you been doing?