Thursday, October 31, 2013

Thursday....Happy Halloween!

It was art discussion day .....this is the painting I took. The topic today was "style". To see what the other artists brought and read their thoughts (about style) go HERE.

Painting: Celeste Bergin, Sunset, oil on 9x6 cradled panel

Wednesday, October 30, 2013


An oil study. Big shapes, big shapes!

I stopped by Peterson Hall at Linfield College to see a photography exhibit

There is a cool sculpture of St. Francis (with his friends) out front

Lunch at Subway...Jesus was there having a sandwich and using his smart phone. This is Portland!

(Top Photo) Painting, Celeste Bergin, Sauvie Island, oil on 12x9 canvas panel

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Not good...but then again...

When I first took up plein air painting I stood in the front yard and painted the side entrance of Randy and Christel's house. (Their house is 'kitty corner' from me). If I were to paint this today, I think I'd paint it better and a lot differently. When I first saw this painting again (after all these years) I thought...ugh! that is terrible! But then, I gave it a second look and thought...Wait. It does suck....but there is something about it that doesn't suck. Maybe it just makes me think of Christel. She was a super special person. I like that sunshine on the awning. Christel was a bright light too. 

Christel Dickinson

Painting: Celeste Bergin, Neighbor House (2006), oil on 10x8 canvas panel

Sunday, October 27, 2013


"Establishing the two most extreme values as soon as possible helps me take note of all other values that will fall somewhere between them".  (---Kenn Backhaus)

Oil Sketch: Celeste Bergin, High Country, oil on 12x6 canvas panel

Saturday, October 26, 2013

More paint

I vowed that I would add more a textural this painting from last week. I slathered it on. It's just an experiment! I'll probably add even more after this dries. Why not?

Painting: Celeste Bergin, Waterway, oil on 10x8 canvas panel

Thursday, October 24, 2013


Here is a painting I brought to the art discussion meeting today. To see what the other artists brought...go HERE.

Painting: Celeste Bergin, Moored, oil on 8x6 gallery wrapped canvas

Tuesday, October 22, 2013


I just love sketching the models that Sargent painted. Every face seems more lovely than the last. I never like to spend much time on these...and sometimes I come quite close to the original (resemblance-wise). This one was pretty close, but I was surprised to read the original was titled The head of an Italian boy. What?? This is a boy? (Well....there is simply no arguing with Sargent).

Some of my other Sargent sketches: HERE

Also....I got to visit Columbia Art Gallery in Hood River today to see The Crush show (it's about vineyards). What a treat!

(Top Photo) Sketch, Celeste Bergin, Head of an Italian Boy, After Sargent, charcoal on 6x9 toned sketchbook paper

Saturday, October 19, 2013


My plan was to add more paint to a prior landscape....but I wound up making revisions to this one instead. is your weekend going?

Painting: Celeste Bergin, Still Life, oil on 12x9 canvas panel

Thursday, October 17, 2013


It's discussion day. To see what everyone brought....go HERE!

Painting: Celeste Bergin, floral, oil on 8x10 (black) gessoed panel

Wednesday, October 16, 2013


I'm making a concerted effort to put down a lot of paint. My plan is to let this get tacky and add more paint in a second and maybe third pass. Why not!

Oil Study (based on previous painting), Celeste Bergin, Waterway, oil on 10x8 canvas panel

Monday, October 14, 2013


Tonight I did a charcoal copy of a Sargent painting....I'll add this to my previous efforts (here). My, but didn't Sargent have lookers in his stable of models! I love the fabulous darks in almost all Sargent's is so fun to put those blacks down!

Sketch, Celeste Bergin, Head of a Male Model (After Sargent), charcoal on 6x9 toned sketchbook

Sunday, October 13, 2013


Painting: Celeste Bergin, At the Creek II, painting on 9x12 canvas panel (SOLD)

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Everything is.......

I had a dream recently. In it my arms were linked with others....and a voice clearly said "Everything is....... Relationship." When I woke from the dream I realized how true are those words! What would life be without our wonderful families, friends and even our pets. Then I thought further... about how Everything is Relationship applies to painting too. (I'm not the first to say it)!  Without the correct relationships (the colors and values placed next to one another)...the painting won't work (at least, representationally). Once a painter understands relationship... things start falling into place.

Well, that's all I have to say today---except, thanks, dear reader, for OUR 'relationship'. Your color and value sits just right next to mine!

Painting: Celeste Bergin, Still life, oil on 12x16 gessoed paper

Thursday, October 10, 2013


This is a study from life painted with the Zorn palette (Cad Red, Yellow Ochre, White and Black). I took it to Art Discussion today. To see what the other artists brought....go HERE.

Oil Study, Celeste Bergin, Life Model, on on 9x12 canvas panel

Wednesday, October 9, 2013


This is a painting that is in the Lane Gallery Elle Est show. The show is open 11-5 Wed-Sat during October.

....are you having an artful day?

Painting: Celeste Bergin, In the Wings, oil on 9x12 canvas panel

Sunday, October 6, 2013


Recently I had the pleasure of showing my work at the NE Community Center...and this is one of the paintings that sold!

Sometimes when I'm on my neighborhood walk I run into Heidi the dog she is saying Happy Sunday!

Painting, Celeste Bergin, Golden Creek, oil on 8x8 canvas panel (SOLD)

Saturday, October 5, 2013


I've been a little under the weather for a few days, so I missed some blogging! Here is a link to what the artists brought to Art Discussion Thursday :)

Painting: Celeste Bergin, Creek, oil on 8x8 canvas panel

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

More...leftover paint

There is a woman in our art discussion group who paints 'made up' paintings. She just sits down and paints things that 'come to her'. I wanted to try that ........with the paint I had left over on my palette.  I imagine this looks a little like me...(aside from the fact my skin isn't Shrek green)...yeah...I can sort of see me. 

 Painting: Celeste Bergin, leftover paint, oil on 9x12 gessoed paper