Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Eight+!, at Bishop Creek Cellars Reception Friday 10/2/09

I helped install the Eight+ show all we need is for the art appreciators to show up!
Kitty Wallis, Celeste Bergin, Katherine van Schoonhoven, Carolyn Rondthaler, Michael Fisher, Carrie Holst, Eileen Nelson, Mary Luzinski , Kimberly Kent, and Marge Rood are members of the Portland Plein Air & Studio Painters. The group of Eight+ regularly show their work together providing a variety of light filled subject matter that was created “directly” (painted without the use of photographs and mostly from in-real-time observation of the subject).
Exhibit dates: September 30- October 30, 2009
Reception: First Friday, October 2, 2009 5pm-9pm
Bishop Creek Cellars Tasting Room, 614 E First Street, 
Newberg, OR 97132
, Phone: 503-487-6934
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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

I painted this Inauguration Day

Apparently I wasn't the only person compelled to paint the President when he was newly elected.
Just tonight I discovered a website dedicated to "bad paintings of Barack Obama". I really enjoyed perusing the "bad paintings"--most of them have undeniable charm. I feel fairly certain that my version is successful enough not to wind up among these at:
Bad Paintings of Barack Obama (Just click on each image to get to the next one).

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Oil sketch, servant girl

I was going for a pale look, but she looks pretty bloodless. I like the contrast, maybe I will return to it for a second pass. I like to look at these things with a fresh eye after a couple of days.
Oil sketch on 6 x 12 canvas panel

Saturday, September 26, 2009


The weatherman is telling us that we should enjoy the good weather while we can..the clouds will be rolling in next week. So to celebrate the great weather I painted this window flowerbox.
9 x 12 canvas panel.

Friday, September 25, 2009

My Installation.... at US Bank

I was invited to install several paintings at the US Bank at 16th and Weidler in Lloyd Center. Thank You to fellow plein air painter Michael Fisher for recommending me! Seven plein air paintings and one figure painting (Donna Norine Schuster copy) on on Display until 10/30. US Bank, 1601 NE Weidler, Portland, OR 97232

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Woman in a shawl

I got an email today, reminding me of workshops and sessions at Hipbone. I'll sit down one of these days and plan my schedule that will include regular life painting/drawing sessions.
Meanwhile, I painted this tonight from a photo reference. I really liked the gold and purple colors in the fabrics. I just meant to get down the major ideas without getting too fussy. The pose and the mood remind me a little of Eartha Kitt.
Oil on 9x12 canvas panel

Monday, September 21, 2009


Just keeping my hand in...My subject matter is all over the map! Well, that's alright, right? I painted this from a reference. I might like to do another version of this on a rectangle canvas instead of a square.
oi on 8x8 canvas panel

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Sunflowers and chair

I painted a very successful painting of two chairs and a table a couple of years ago. Everyone liked that painting. So, shortly after that success, I went to my friend George Broderick and proclaimed: "George! I know what I will do next! I will do a series of chairs!" I was very enthusiastic about this idea. "I will paint tall chairs and short chairs! Big chairs and little chairs! Bright chairs and dull chairs!" George just looked at me and said....."bad idea". I wasn't exactly sure why he wasn't keen on my idea ..but I understand now. It is just never a good idea to revisit a subject over and over again because it was "popular". I felt it has been long enough ago that I could paint a practice painting of another chair...without any danger of becoming a commodity artist.
oil on 5 x 7 canvas panel

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Using up the blue on my palette and conjuring Edward Gorey

It is raining today. I still had a pile of blue on my palette from the last time I painted and I had an idea for a "waiting in the rain" image--I just dashed it out as a rough idea. I didn't really intend for it to look so completely despondent...but sometimes things happen that I almost don't have any control over. In the end it reminded me of a Edward Gorey illustration...just not as whimsical. The umbrella looks like a bat and the blue with no relief (like another color) certainly looks lonely! I doubt that I'll take the idea any further..but there is no denying that it is kind of interesting.... just as it is!

Sketching and there!

Over the last couple of days I have had the opportunity to sketch "uninterrupted". I enjoyed sketching so well I bought some new "woodless" pencils made by creatacolor at Art Media today. Don't you just love to draw?

Sunday, September 13, 2009


I am going to spend time drawing every day--and making considered value relationship decisions! I confess to falling prey to hurry-itis in the early stages of a painting. Sure, sometimes painting fast is favorable, but not at the expense of correct values. Today I set up some objects and spent time with a pencil considering how dark is this and how light is that (in comparison). I could have done better with that drawing (Q. why does my linseed oil look like ketchup? A. because it's too dark!). Well, just having observed how each thing related to the other things in the pencil drawing first made the monochrome painting easier to produce. Note to self: add to my supply list..kneaded eraser.

Eight+!, Artist's Choice at Bishop Creek Cellars, Newberg, OR, beginning Sept 30, 2009

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Michael Fisher, Kitty Wallis, Celeste Bergin, Carolyn Rondthaler, Marge Rood, Kimberly Kent, Katherine van Schoonhoven, Mary Luzinski, Eileen Nelson and Carrie Holst are long time members of the Portland Plein Air & Studio Painters. Eight+ regularly show their work as a group, providing a wide variety of light filled paintings all created “directly,” employing first hand observation.
Eight+!, Artist’s Choice
Reception: First Friday, October 2, 2009 5pm-9pm

Location: Bishop Creek Cellars Tasting Room, 614 E First Street, 
Newberg, OR 97132,
Phone: 503-487-6934
Exhibit dates: September 30- October 30, 2009

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Friday, September 11, 2009

Entries into 2009 Hood River Plein Air Competition and Event

Evening's Color oil on 8x8 canvas panel SOLD
Crown Point oil on 5x7 hardboard panel SOLD
Gorge Morning oil on 8x10 canvas panel SOLD
As the Night Falls oil on 6x8 canvas panel SOLD
Rain in the Gorge oil on 6x8 canvas panel SOLD
Golden Moment oil on 8x8 canvas panel SOLD

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Awards Reception at Columbia Art Gallery, 2009 Plein Air Competition & Event

(Evening's Color and Golden Moment; Celeste Bergin)

I couldn't attend the Thursday "preview" when I walked into the Columbia Art Gallery on Friday for the reception I didn't know where my paintings were displayed. I had to work through the crush of people to find them (which was actually fun except when I didn't see them for awhile I began to wonder if they were there at all!) When I rounded a corner, however, I saw ribbons..on my paintings! I received four purchase prize ribbons and I earned an Honorable Mention for my painting Golden Moment from Juror Ned Mueller! High Five! All six of my submissions SOLD! On top of all this great news some of my Portland and Washington friends made the long drive to Hood River for the reception. Thanks so much for coming out and celebrating with made my night to see you there! A heartfelt thanks to everyone involved--and congratulations to winners Eric Jacobsen, Mike Kowalsi, Eric Bowman, Mitch Baird, Cathleen Rehfeld and Amanda Houston... AND to all the participating painters and everyone who made this a wonderful event! (Scroll down for photos)
(top to bottom) Crown Point, Rain in the Gorge and As the Night Falls, Celeste Bergin
Morning Gorge, Celeste Bergin
The outer Gallery
Linda, Katherine ("Kvan") and Me
Jef Gunn and Me!
Columbia Art Gallery, Hood River

Friday, September 4, 2009

I am part of "Eight+" at O'Connor's this month

This is my contribution to the final "Eight+" show (until next year) at O'Connor's. O'Connor's is where we have had our Tuesday Art discussion meetings (for five years now!) We know the menu pretty well. 

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

2009 Hood River Plein Air Competition & Event--Reception Friday, Sept 4, 6-9pm

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September marks the 5th annual Hood River Plein Air Competition Exhibit. I've been privileged to participate every year and it just gets better and better!
This year there will be around one hundred and seventy five brand new plein air paintings on the walls of the Columbia Art Gallery.  YOU are invited to come see them and come celebrate with the artists at the reception this Friday (6-8pm)!


P.S. I haven't posted my submissions to the blog--Come out to see them in person! (I'll post them.... just not yet!)

Self Portrait (# 3?)

I've been painting a lot of landscape so I thought I would change it up a bit for myself and paint me again. The model is always available! I used a mirror at my drafting table station. My hair looked brown to me in the light--but that is wishful thinking as it is pretty much gray. The brown hair makes me look younger though! I didn't correct it on purpose--! My last self portrait was way too frumpy and this one is too beautified. I'll keep trying.
oil on 6 x 8 canvas panel