Thursday, August 12, 2010

Potpourri

I went to Bread & Ink this morning for "art breakfast". I took the same route that I drove several weeks ago when a guy ran a stop sign and "totaled" my old (but amazingly dependable) Toyota Camry. It's driveable, but it is severely compromised and no one will even consider fixing it (because the cost to fix it exceeds the value of the car). Now I fight every other day with Allstate about how the car has more value than they want to assign it. This too shall pass (but in the meantime maybe it truly is time to turn it into an "art car"). On another note, I came across this vine charcoal self portrait I did awhile back (above). It's one of a few that I think actually does look something like me. I did some housekeeping today. I especially like using the front room mantel as a place to dry paintings. I cleared it all off today to make room for the "next round". All in all, I had a good day today (excepting Allstate)..and I hope you did too...what did you do today?

Drawing: Celeste Bergin, Me, 2010, vine charcoal on newsprint paper 16x20






16 comments:

-Don said...

When I saw this charcoal on the Blogger:Dashboard I said to myself, "That's Celeste" before I even looked at who did it. And, I was right... Nice one.

I worked on a new small painting. Iwent over my lesson plan for class tomorrow and created the painting that the class will be following along with. I put some finishing touches on a large painting I've had on my easel too darn long. I went over printer prices with one of my freelance clients. And I enjoyed another day with my family... It was a good day. Thanks for asking...

-Don

AutumnLeaves said...

This is a wonderful self-portrait, Celeste. You truly are a beauty! I've always hated dealing with insurance companies when it comes to car accidents. It rarely goes easily, that is for sure. Speaking of art cars, however, I used to know someone who did them and they are amazing pieces, aren't they? 'Course, if the car doesn't run, the only way to display it is in the yard or driveway, no? LOL What to do, what to do???

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Love this self-portrait--its frank look out of the picture plane is engaging!

Sorry about the car/insurance troubles. Bleah!

Dan Gliubizzi said...

I am glad that you are OK! We have both had some car karma lately! An art car is a great idea. The Me drawing is a good one and since I have never met you, "likeness" is not an issue, it only has to be a good head, which it is

Dean H. said...

I instantly recognized you in the portrait before I scrolled down! Fine job.

Your car doesn't look nearly as bad as what I was imagining from reading about it. Good luck with Allstate...do ya feel like you're in good hands?? Lol. Hope it all comes out well for you.

Janelle Goodwin said...

Sorry to hear about your car. But it seems you have a good attitude and are able to compartmentalize. Lovely self-portrait. And your paintings look so happy lined up on your mantel!

Linda Popple said...

I recognized you right away - from your photos I've seen. Great job!

I painted in the morning and into the early afternoon and then spent the remainder of the day with 3 of my grandchildren. A day of joy!!

Thank you for sharing the photos. I always enjoy them. Hope you settle the car issue = happy that no one was hurt! :-)

Mary Jane said...

What a neat sketch! My old faithful 1991 Toyota Corolla is still going strong. I had a few problems of wear and tear fixed last year in spite of the argument that the repair exceeded the value. But since I could not consider buying a new car, I had her fixed up and she hums along still.
But it looks like, for you, maybe, if the damage is too bad...this is so sad.
I can understand your thoughts about the loss of a good trustworthy old car. Good luck.
It might be fun to try some test drives of new models?

Casey Klahn said...

Art car. That's funny, but only with some pain...sorry bout the troubles.

I agree with Don - terrific self portrait!

Dewberry Fine Art said...

Charcoal is so wonderful and this is very bold and beautiful. I love the strength of character this shows. Sorry about your car. Hope that gets worked out.

Joan Breckwoldt said...

I love the drawing, just from the picture of you on your blog, I can see the resemblance. Very nice!!
Oh, good luck with Allstate.
So far today I've taken my 15 year old son to the dermatologist to get a mole removed, then home for lunch, then I drove him 30 minutes to his driving lesson since he's in the middle of driver's education. I pick him up in an hour, bring him home, than an hour later I take him BACK to the same place for his last 2 hour driving lesson(classroom). I am more excited about him finishing DE than he is!!! So, today was spent on the freeway. Maybe tomorrow will be a painting day . . . .
Joan
p.s. we have a lot of art cars here in Houston, even an annual art car parade.

SamArtDog said...

I love the frank portrait (of you, not Frank), love your mantel gallery, love Portland (someday I swear I'll do more than just visit), and love your car (already a familiar art car from your cool blog). If the car still drives, drive it with pride; wrinkles become us.
Also love that story about the *)^&^&*%^&$%#$! beekeeper nextdoor.

What'd I do today? Loved your post!

hwfarber said...

I love this painting--great expression.

Here in the South we put our cars up on cinder blocks and display them in front yards. Sorry about your car; I had an 87 Cherokee that was a perfect fit--I was teary-eyed when I had to let it go two years ago.

I've spent a couple of days painting in the workshop/studio. I'm at the half-way point where I always hate the painting.

PAMO said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your car. Insurance companies know how to save their money. Stick to your guns.
I think I remember this charcoal portrait from some months back. It's lovely!

Tina Steele Lindsey said...

So, you weren't in good hands with Allstate, but your drawing was in good hands (sorry about the car, etc.)

Dan Kent said...

I just love vine charcoal, don't you? As for what I did on Thursday, you do not want to know..suffice it to say I am only now looking at your blog on Saturday.