Saturday, August 30, 2014

My Friend, Ellen Dittenbrandt (1962- August 24, 2014)

Up then, fair phoenix bride, frustrate the sun;
Take thy rubies, pearls, and diamonds forth, and make
Thyself a constellation of them all;
And by their blazing signify
That a great princess falls, but doth not die.
Be thou a new star, that to us portends
Ends of much wonder; and be thou those ends.” 
-----John Donne


Monday, August 25, 2014


I went to a painting session with a model tonight. She was super-pretty. I loved her dramatic eyes. 

(Oil Study) Celeste Bergin, Monday Model, oil on 16x12 canvas panel

Sunday, August 24, 2014


Here is one of my oil studies from the paint-out at Villa Catalana. Thanks to the Villa for the wonderful event...and to all the art supporters and collectors who turned out. It was a complete blast to take in the fantastic scenery, paint, eat and drink... and (of course!) visit with everyone!
Slideshow below, direct link to photos HERE

(Top Photo) Oil Study: Celeste Bergin, Villa Catalana, oil on 6x6 canvas panel

Friday, August 22, 2014

Happy Weekend..Art in the Garden at Villa Catalana

Happy Weekend, Art Friends! This is a new painting that I took in to the Thursday Art Discussion. To see what the other painters brought...go HERE.

What are you doing this weekend.....? This is the beautiful Villa Catalana where I and a bevy of other artists will be painting "live" on Saturday evening. (Reservations to attend are required: see below). 
(I looks like Italy or Spain! but the gorgeous Villa Catalana is in Oregon City).

Here are the details:

Art in the Garden at Villa Catalana

Villa Catalana Cellars/Rare Plant Research 
11900 S. Criteser Rd. Oregon City OR 97045

Saturday, August 23, 5:30 to 9:00 pm
Cover charge $10
Dinner and wine available

Villa Catalana Cellars opens its gates to host Art in the Garden Party, Saturday, August 23rd from 5:30 to 9pm. 
The extensive gardens at Villa Catalana are located between Canby and Oregon City and include Mediterranean, rock, border, bromeliad, succulent, tropical and pond gardens, along with the 12th-century-inspired Romanesque stone house and hermitage. 

Plein air painters will be painting in the garden and paintings will be available for purchase along with glass by artist Mariusz Rynkiewicz. 
Simply Elegant Catering will provide gourmet dinner items and Villa Catalana Cellars will provide wine for an additional fee. 

A jazz trio will play on the pond terrace. 

(As always....I am so looking forward to painting and visiting with all the art appreciators!)


(Top Photo) Painting, Celeste Bergin, Floral, oil on 16x8 gallery wrapped canvas

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


I bought a bouquet at the grocery store today and painted it in the back yard this afternoon. The sun was out in full force. So quiet out there..just me and the wind chime my friend Loretta recently gave to me.

In the summer things dry fast at my "drying station" in the front room! 
....Are you enjoying your summer?

(Top Photo) Oil Study, Celeste Bergin, Summer Bouquet, oil on 12x9 canvas panel

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Saturday (Za's workshop)

I went to Za Vue's half-day workshop (near Summit Grove Lodge) in Washington today. It was just four hours long..plenty of time for the lecture, some exercises and some demos. (The painting above was my final painting/study).

The first thing Za talked about is thinking in three values. (My value study fell into the dirt, but no real harm done, the sole purpose of it is to observe and make plans).

Then, as an exercise (to further our undertanding), Za had us shift purple, green and orange to cool and warm (while trying to stay within the same value range). A challenge, to be sure! A really great day in a beautiful place. :)

Here is a slideshow of the workshop. (Direct link to photos HERE).

(Top Photo) Oil Study, Celeste Bergin, Inlet Tree, oil on 8x8 canvas panel

Thursday, August 14, 2014


Today (in our art discussion meeting) the suggested topic was Thalo paint. I don't have much experience with it, so I painted these two paintings using some Thalo turquoise that someone had given me. It was surprisingly fun and I loved the dark-darks I got when I mixed it with magenta.

The darks looked natural enough when I mixed it with Indian yellow and a touch of red. Maybe I will use more Thalo in the future!

To see what others brought to art discussion....go HERE.

(Top Photo) Painting, Celeste Bergin, Conductor, oil on 12x9 canvas panel
(Bottom Photo) Painting, Celeste Bergin, Mt Tabor, oil on 7x5 canvas panel

Sunday, August 10, 2014


I am so happy to be one of the 40 participants in the Portland Art Museum Plein Air Invitational 2014. Yesterday we painted in the South Park Blocks. I had a wonderful time...Thank you to all the friends and art appreciators who turned out! I painted this wonderful tree that caught the morning light. It's in a frame now (together with my other paintings) and ready for the exhibit/sale. 

This is one of the other paintings I will have on display for sale in the Museum courtyard on Sunday, August 10, 2014 (Noon to five). (Update: SOLD)

To see photos from the Plein Air Event go HERE
To see photos from last week's Alla Prima Portland meeting go HERE

I promise to swing by all your blogs next week! So good to hear from everyone in "real life" as well as in the blog-world!


Tuesday, August 5, 2014


I've been working on an (seemingly endless) un-art related project so this is my first post in a week! I've missed you! This is an oil study of a young girl in a life session. This is as far as I could get in the time allotted and I was satisfied that I captured a quality about her. She was so much fun to paint. 

What are you doing this weekend? How about coming out and hanging with me? I am very happy to be a participant in Paris in the Park Blocks, sponsored by the Portland Art Museum in conjunction with the Tuileries exhibit and celebration of Portland's city parks. 

On Saturday, August 9, 40 artists will be painting in the south Park Blocks near the museum (all day). Then...on Sunday we'll be displaying our work for sale in the courtyard beginning at Noon. We did this event 2 years ago and the response was outstanding. Entrance to the museum is Free on Sunday too. I am so looking forward to seeing you there! (Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR 97205). More Information HERE.

(Top Photo) (Oil Study), Celeste Bergin, "Ty" oil on 20x16 canvas sheet