Friday, April 17, 2015


I took this painting to art discussion on Thursday. To see what everyone else brought....go HERE

Hoping you have a great weekend and that you are doing something special.

Painting: Celeste Bergin, Early Moon, oil on 8x8 canvas panel

Sunday, April 12, 2015


I was dissatisfied with what I painted earlier I turned it over and painted this simple made-up portrait on the other side. I painted it directly onto the pressboard..and no's just a practice sketch in paint. (I was a little surprised that this came out better than some of the portraits I've toiled over)! Funny how that is. :)

Oil sketch, Celeste Bergin, Made-up-portrait, oil on pressboard, 10x8  

Friday, April 10, 2015


This (semi)-nocturne of the Columbia River was painted with cad yellow, naples yellow, burnt sienna, ultramarine blue and white.

......And it just so happens that the art discussion group's topic last week was about clouds. Here I am taking John Carlson's advice and sketching clouds in pencil. He says that the best way to understand anything is to observe and sketch it. Well, doh! haha. I really love sketching and I never get tired of it. That is the new Tilikum Bridge in the distance. (Tilikum translates to bridge of the people)
To see what everyone brought to the art discussion meeting....go here. Now I am off to check out your see what you have been doing.

Painting: Celeste Bergin, Rain over the River, oil on 8x8 canvas panel

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter and New upcoming week!

There is a lot "wrong" with this start....but there are some right things too. At least I know what the issues are, which is what made me stop where I did. Even though I did another painting after this one...I wound up liking the energy in this one best. Did you have a happy Easter? I sure hope so. Oh, and I went to art discussion last see what everyone brought go HERE

Oil Painting Start, Celeste Bergin, from Powell Butte, oil on 8x8 canvas panel

Friday, March 27, 2015


The weekend is almost here blogging you have plans? Yesterday this is one of the paintings I took to art discussion. See what everyone else brought.....HERE.

(Oil Study) Celeste Bergin, Clouds, More Clouds, oil on 6x12" canvas panel

Tuesday, March 24, 2015


This is a made up diner sign...out of my head. I used only orange, blue and white acrylic and painted it on paper. Don't you love painting screwball things like this sometimes... just for the fun of it?

My plein air friend Cathleen Rehfeld told me about Liz Steele who provides some really great drawing can find one HERE.

And's a shot from the parking lot where we had lunch today....just so you know what kind of weather we're having. 

(Top Photo) "Idea" painting, Celeste Bergin, Diner Sign, acrylic on 6x6 paper

Monday, March 23, 2015

Monday Monday!

Evidence that I am a complete sap when it comes to cats and I am photographing a neighbors orange cat (without his express permission, I might add). Hey kitty...Pictures, or it didn't happen.

This is yet a different orange cat...this is my neighbor's cat who is taking up residence on my porch. The blanket is there just for him.

Now that you are up-to-date on zee orange cats is how my complements and notan experiment came out. It is done with just yellow and purple and white. Her face has kind of a kabuki look. I'm just going to leave it here (since it is just an experiment). Next I'll do an orange/blue experiment.  For those who asked what is is a great video from Mitch Albala: 

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