Saturday, August 31, 2013


This is my morning painting 'start'. I painted at the North Fork of Hood River, but left early to paint a model in the garden. The model looked so lovely..... but (insert downward spiral sound here) I didn't do her any justice at all.  Well, it was a great day, nonetheless!
A slideshow of day two is HERE.

Painting start, Celeste Bergin, Hood River, oil on 10x8 canvas panel

Friday, August 30, 2013

Day one, Pacific NW Plein Air 2013

The 5-day Columbia Art Gallery 2013 Hood River Plein Air event started today. What a beautiful day for the kick-off! Slideshow HERE.

Painting: Celeste Bergin, Sunflowers, oil on 9x12 canvas panel

Thursday, August 29, 2013


Our art discussion group met as usual today and the topic was "Violet and Purple". I took this painting in...because of the violet in the clouds.
To see what everyone else brought ........go HERE

Tuesday, August 27, 2013


I painted in a life session yesterday. This pretty redhead is a model I have painted before and I was happy to see her again. It's pretty sketchy ...I need to paint faster!....but I'm fairly pleased with it as a study. 

On my walk to Montavilla today I got to visit with a neighbor dog. Her owner says she has never met a human she doesn't just love. Now, doesn't she look like she is looking at you?--
from Heidi!

(Top Photo) Painting, Celeste Bergin, Redheaded Model, oil on 16x20 canvas panel

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Still in my 'Blue Period'

Just a study---trying my hand at low key!

Oil Sketch, Celeste Bergin, Nightfall, oil on 6x8 canvas panel

Saturday, August 24, 2013


This is a Sargent copy that I did late in the day today. It's good here and there---but I straightened him out some...Sargent had him slightly tilted back.  Well, I'll do it again...I bet I can do better.  I sure like his crazy hair.

Something I've learned is that your sharpener is really important. The one on the left is a really good one. It's called a "Bullet" and it sharpens great. The Sharpener on the right has not won my chews things up. 

I took a walk to Montavilla today...the Monastery looked especially pretty against the poofy clouds.

In Montavilla I had a cup of mint tea and did some contour drawings. 

What about you----are you having a good weekend? What are you doing?

(Top Photo) Sketch, Celeste Bergin, after John Singer Sargent, charcoal on 6x9 toned paper sketchbook

Thursday, August 22, 2013


Thursdays are the best, because I get to start my day at our art discussion meeting. We never run out of things to talk about!

To see what the rest of the people brought to discuss.......go HERE

(Bottom photo) Painting, Celeste Bergin, Ocean, oil on 8x8 canvas panel

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Painting the Moonrise

I got to go to meet up with some painting pals at the Tualatin Wildlife Refuge Tuesday night. We were there in anticipation of the Blue Moon.  (A Blue Moon is the 3rd full moon during the same month).

Here's my study--I got there early enough that everything was still pretty light. I tried another 2nd painting when it got dark--but I couldn't see! Others were successful. 

Taking in the scenery

It's dark! (L to R), Eric Bowman, Thomas Kitts, Ramona Youngquist, Michael Orwick, me and Brenda Boylan

(Top Photo) Oil Study, Celeste Bergin, Moonrise, oil on 8x10 canvas panel

Tuesday, August 20, 2013


oooooo I feel so lucky I got to be in on this model session. We had a pro model who struck a wonderful moody pull/lean/twist pose.  We had great lighting too. I have my fingers crossed that I get to paint him again in the future...!

Painting: Celeste Bergin, Life Model, oil on 16x20 stretched canvas

Saturday, August 17, 2013


This painting is from awhile back. It has been so hot I am longing for cooler weather...and yes...gray skies.

Painting: Celeste Bergin, A Cool Day at Sauvie, oil on 8x8 canvas panel

Thursday, August 15, 2013


This is a painting I took to the Thursday Art Discussion. To see what everyone else brought....go HERE.

Painting, Celeste Bergin, Sunflower, oil on 8x8 canvas panel

Tuesday, August 13, 2013


Painting: Celeste Bergin, The Very End of the Day, oil on 6x6 canvas panel

Monday, August 12, 2013


This drawing is a from a life session. All those Sargent copies I've been doing have informed my regular drawing. I hope to do an oil sketch using my drawings (and some photos) for reference. It would be ideal, of course, to paint the model in real time, but I don't have that luxury. The model is gone! It's all just for practice.

How about you, art pal....what are you doing this week?

Sketch: Celeste Bergin, Life Session, J, charcoal on 6x9 toned paper (sketchbook)

Saturday, August 10, 2013


I went to the new Broderick Gallery in Longview today...a gorgeous new space! (Slideshow below) or direct link to photos HERE.

Friday, August 9, 2013


Today I visited Steigerwald Lake Wildlife Refuge (in Washington). I meant to just walk in for a short bit, but I wound up walking the entire loop. It was hot-hot-hot. (I painted this oil study at the very end of the day).

I really enjoyed doing a whole bunch of compositional sketches in the refuge.  Lots of good views. I'll come back here for sure. (It is just a half hour drive from Portland).

One of the highlights of my visit was watching these young guys take their canoe out into the Columbia River. I guess they might have been rowing to  Reed Island.

Here was some signage I was happy to see during that long walk in the boiling heat. It reads "Time to come home". It was another mile or so to the parking lot...but it was a welcome sight. The sign above the gate (that gets closed in the winter) reads: The love for all living creatures is the most noble human attribute. 

(Top Photo) Oil Study, Celeste Bergin, Evening, oil on 6x6 

Thursday, August 8, 2013


Here is a painting that I took to art discussion today. It is painted on gessoed cardboard. I deliberately let some of the gesso show through to add some 'sparkle'! To see what everyone else brought .......go HERE.

Painting: Celeste Bergin, Sunflowers, oil on 11x14 gessoed cardboard 

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Wed-nes-day connections

I'm cleaning my studio (again!) and I came across this portrait that I painted a couple months ago in Za Vue's workshop. I don't think I posted this one back then... It's better on several levels than most of the portraits I did prior to her workshop.

I keep this portrait (above) of my Father's Mother Otilla (my Grandmother) in my studio on my drafting table. She died long before I was born, during a wave of tuberculous in Illinois. Her husband (my Grandfather) died too, within days of her, so my Father and his siblings were orphaned (and split up to live among people who didn't particularly care about them).  Sad!  Well, all I have of Otilla is this portrait and I wonder sometimes what she would think about all this painting business.  I've certainly had it soft in comparison to her and I've lived twice as long as her already.
Sometimes I look at her face and think....Otilla, what would you think of this painting business?

I stopped at McDonald's yesterday for a cup of coffee.  There was a woman in the next booth who was a good model for me to sketch. She kept relatively still as she tried over and over to reach someone on her cell phone. She appeared worried and I worried for her. I hope everything turned out ok, anonymous lady.

This is the lobby of the iphone doctor (Dave's speaker isn't working). I love this installation art....and look, once again, it has to do with 'connecting'.  This is how it is in Portland. There is art............everywhere. 

(Top Photo) Painting: Celeste Bergin, Claire life model, oil on 16x20 stretched canvas

Monday, August 5, 2013


Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”  --Henry James

(Top Photo): Painting: Celeste Bergin, Summer Afternoon, oil on 8x8 canvas panel
(Bottom Photo): Shade Buddies

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Visiting with art friends.... Saturday

I had a great afternoon visiting at Art in the Heart (at Art on the Boulevard).  The 'Paparrazzi' caught us just as Kevin Weaver stopped by and said the most hilarious thing to us. I bet you wonder what it was! Well, I'd tell you, but then I'd have to kill ya. (We laughed until our sides hurt)!

....And later (because, unfortunately,  I wasn't able to attend last night's reception) I swung by to see the beautiful Blues show at the Lane Gallery. (I have 5 pieces in the show). What a great day! (Slideshow below and direct link to photos HERE).
I even found time to fit in a sketch for my self imposed Sargent project. Man, I know I've said it before, but they really had some crazy hats back in Sargent's day.

Did you have a good day today too? Hoping yes!

(Top) Hilarity with Kevin Weaver, Brenda Boylan, me and Mike Rangner
(2nd photo) Sketch, Celeste Bergin, Albert deBellenroche after Sargent, charcoal in 6x9 toned paper sketchbook

Thursday, August 1, 2013


It was art discussion day at O'Connors today. To see what we all talked about.....go HERE.

After the meeting Za showed us her Soltek easel. She set it up in seconds....and it folds back down into a lovely slim lightweight box. So slick! So tempting!

(Top Photo) Painting, Celeste Bergin, Hood River Moon, oil on 8x6 canvas panel