Tuesday, October 28, 2014


For some crazy reason I decided to paint my studio floor over the weekend. (This is "der bunker", my studio in the basement). It's finally done and everything has been put back together (mostly). That old portrait on the drafting table is my Father's Mother. She's been there from the beginning. 

I could have done this in the summer and used the patio to move things to...but noooo, I waited until the rainy weather, apparently to make it harder on myself. I had to move furniture all around, paint a section, wait for the section to dry, move furniture to the dry section, paint a new section, etcetera etcetera. It was a ton of work.

I'm pretty much a saver...and these are all my old sketchbooks. 

And this is my old "stressless recliner"... a nice place to think. I'll likely add a nice neutral rug and continue sorting through all my extra things that take up room that I don't need (there is more to this room that I'm not showing you).  Ok! back to painting soon. 

What have you been doing?

Friday, October 24, 2014


This is one of my paintings that has been installed at Providence St. Vincent Hospital on the Art for the Care wall, beginning this week until January 30, 2015. All the work there is for sale and part of the proceeds from sales will be donated to charity.

On Thursday I went to the art discussion meeting. To see what everyone brought...go HERE.

.....It's Friday! Happy Weekend, Friends, I hope you have great plans afoot (or perhaps no plans, which is also often a very nice thing)!

(Painting) Celeste Bergin, The Journey, oil on 18x6 stretched canvas

Saturday, October 18, 2014


This is a painting that was inspired by reference photos and Edgar Payne's boat paintings. Those old wooden boats are made up of beautiful subtle shapes. It's not quite finished yet..but I figured I'd share it early.

How is your weekend?

(Painting): Celeste Bergin, Fishing boats (detail), oil on 20x16 stretched canvas

Monday, October 13, 2014

Portrait practice

This study was painted with the very uncomplicated Zorn palette (White, Yellow Ochre, Cad Red and Black).

Oil Study, Celeste Bergin, Jennifer, oil on 16x12 canvas sheet

Sunday, October 12, 2014


I am happy with how this turned out...but the photo is not the best. I took it late, maybe I'll retake it when the light is better tomorrow.

Yesterday we went to Joanne Radmilovich Kollman's studio. She is a painting pal of mine and part of Portland Open Studios. Her son and friend were greeters and told us which way to go. 

Joanne's studio is in the Troy Laundry Building. I guess it used to be a laundry building (!)...but now it houses mostly artists.

I love her space. Lot's of wonderful light. 

As were were leaving another painting friend (Erin Cadena) showed up, so the Paparazzi did his job.
It was a great weekend....how was yours?

(Top Photo) Painting: Celeste Bergin, October sky, oil on 6x6 canvas panel

Thursday, October 9, 2014


Here is one of the paintings I took to the art discussion today. To see what everyone else brought...go HERE.
(Painting) Celeste Bergin, Homestead, oil on 12x9 canvas panel

Tuesday, October 7, 2014


(Painting) Celeste Bergin, Sunflowers, oil on 12x9 canvas panel

Friday, October 3, 2014

Wee Maxine

"Wee Maxine" is sort of a dinky cat, which just adds to her appeal. I've studied her a lot and, of course, she has completely won my heart. I cat-sat her in 2012 too, and handled it in the same way...sketching each day and finalizing the experience with an oil painting. 

(Aren't animals just the best?)

Here is a slideshow of the sketches. Direct link to photos HERE.

(Painting) Celeste Bergin, Maxine 2014, oil on 16x12 canvas panel

Thursday, October 2, 2014


Our art discussion topic was about canvases and supports today. I brought in this oil study (that was done on a sheet of Centurion linen). To see what everyone else brought...go HERE.

Dave G is back from his trip, so my cat-sitting duty is over. It was a lot of fun to draw and paint Maxine every day.  She seemed to sense that I was making her my model, so she would stay in one spot for long stretches! I've got an oil painting of her started (from a photo).

Drawing a cat is more of a challenge than you would think. They have such subtle shapes...if you aren't careful they come out looking like a dog. (And I have a lot of "dogs" to prove it)!

(Top photo) Oil Study, Celeste Bergin, Boy in 1930's school uniform (from photo reference), oil on 16x12 canvas sheet