Friday, October 24, 2014


This is one of my paintings that has been installed at Providence St. Vincent Hospital on the Art for the Care wall, beginning this week until January 30, 2105. All the work there is for sale and part of the proceeds from sales will be donated to charity.

On Thursday I went to the art discussion meeting. To see what everyone brought...go HERE.

.....It's Friday! Happy Weekend, Friends, I hope you have great plans afoot (or perhaps no plans, which is also often a very nice thing)!

(Painting) Celeste Bergin, The Journey, oil on 18x6 stretched canvas

Saturday, October 18, 2014


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


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 was yours?

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

Thursday, October 9, 2014


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


(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