Friday, February 28, 2014


Here is the painting that I took to art discussion on Thursday...and it just so happens that it is going to be at the SE Artwalk tomorrow too. (To see what the other artists brought for discussion, go HERE).

Come visit me and Mark David Larsen at his Studio this weekend during the SE Area ArtWalk! Saturday and Sunday
March 1-2, 10 am - 5 pm,  
2635 SE 35th Ave. Portland, Or 97202

(Top Photo) Painting: Celeste Bergin, The Studio, oil on 12x9 stretched canvas (framed)

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

SE Art Walk, Saturday and Sunday, March 1 & 2, 10AM-5PM

Mark Larsen and I are participating in the SE Artwalk! Come hang with us....We'll be located at Mark's house: 2635 SE 35th (click here: for MAP) Saturday and Sunday, March 1 & 2  10AM-5PM

And...if you follow this link (below) you'll find another link to maps and addresses for all the other artists.See you this weekend.

(Top Photo) Painting, Celeste Bergin, Hillside, oil on 6x6 canvas panel

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Just a sketch

I've been missing from blogging-land for awhile because I have been working on an un-art-related project.  I seriously under-estimated how much time it will take!  Well, meanwhile,  I was able to fit in this sketch from an old-timey photo. I love vine is so........smudgy.

Sketch: Celeste Bergin, Woman in big hat, charcoal on toned 6x9 sketchbook

Sunday, February 16, 2014


Painting: Celeste Bergin, Still Life, oil on 8x8 canvas panel

Thursday, February 13, 2014


It's it is art discussion day. This is one of the paintings I brought. To see what everyone else brought---go HERE
Painting: Celeste Bergin, Snowday, Acrylic on 8x8 cradled panel

Wednesday, February 12, 2014


I painted today...but I didn't like the outcome. Here I am, consoling myself with a marathon chat on my cell phone in the famous green chair. Everyone loves the green chair.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014


I have this old coat from the late 60's that I just can't part with. I painted it and wrote about it once before (4 years ago). I hung it up in the front room tonight to paint this study in black and white gouache. I will do a real painting of it one day. It is by far my favorite item of apparel.

Study: Celeste Bergin, Shaft Coat, gouache on 10x8 gessoed paper

Sunday, February 9, 2014


Painting: Celeste Bergin, Snow Field, oil on 10x8 canvas panel

Saturday, February 8, 2014


Yesterday I managed to get to I've been Framed Art Supply to pick up more gouache and today I painted in the 'art corner' I've got set up in the front room. The snow storm/ice storm is motivating lots of us to stay close-to-home. I painted this mostly from imagination. 

I've Been Framed is very close to one of my favorite lunch spots, Diane's. I took this photo out the window. As I sat there examining the sign-painter's work ...I recognized that gouache and poster paint are very similar. Opaque! 

Here's part of my painting/drawing station. It is a perfect place to spend some time on a winter day together with my pencils, my paints, zee cats... and a cup of hot chocolate. I'm not tempted to paint on the windows......or am I?

(Top Photo) Celeste Bergin, Nest, gouache on 10x8 gessoed paper 

Friday, February 7, 2014


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

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Snow Angel

We don't get snow in Portland, Oregon like the rest of the country does. When I moved here a long time ago I was told there is something called the 'Japanese current' that protects Oregon from harsh winters. (I really don't know what that is and if it is true or not). Today, if it is for real, the Japanese current must have been looking the other way, because we are sort of joining the rest of the country now with snow and cold. 

All my usual events have been cancelled because of weather, so Dave and I watched a marathon of State of Play (a BBC episodic mystery) and we did venture outside for a little horseplay too. Brrrr! 

I painted the above painting with gouache. I love how opaque it is. My gouache supply is getting low and I plan to buy more (if the weather ever lets me get back in the car again). 

(Top Photo) Painting: Celeste Bergin, Snow Angel, Gouache on gessoed 8x10 paper

Tuesday, February 4, 2014


Painting: Celeste Bergin, Reading corner, oil on 10x8 canvas panel

Monday, February 3, 2014


I got to paint in a life session today. I really loved how the model was set up. She was meant to be taking a break "backstage". This is what I got done in the time allotted. 
Oil sketch: Celeste Bergin, Backstage, oil on 20x16 canvas panel

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Go Seahawks!

I'm still enjoying my gouache paints. Today I am using just black and white and a little charcoal. (........You know, I'll be rooting for the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday!)

Sketch: Celeste Bergin, Running back, gouache & charcoal on 9x6 toned paper