Thursday, April 30, 2015


Here is the painting I took to art discussion today. To see what everyone else brought....go HERE

(Painting) Celeste Bergin, On the Sandy, Oil on 9x12 canvas panel

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Happy new upcoming week!

This is just a little 5x7 cloud study. Facebook can be a good barometer (to let us know how a painting comes across)....because this one got a lot of likes. (I kind of thought I may have screwed this up, but guess it reads well.... based on the "likes"). 

Meanwhile! I've also been enjoying my sketchbook. Aren't sketchbooks just the best? It really doesn't matter if a sketch doesn't pan's only paper, after all. I sketched the back of this building and enjoyed doing it. There was a woman on the stairs smoking and talking on her phone. 

On this same subject, my good artist friend, Jim King always says that drawing is the bedrock of painting. He personally paints like an absolute dream, but he also dedicates a large part of his day/week to drawing. This inspires me, because, clearly...the man has a complete handle on everything.... and yet he continues to "practice". 

The other day, on a whim, Dave and I watched "Rembrandt" (made in 1936). I took some photos of the movie on my digital camera and used them to sketch from. Lots of diverse shapes to choose from (hats, helmets, robes--- the whole nine yards)... And feeling inspired (ala Jim King) I sketched Elsa Lanchester.

The Rembrandt story was good, and even better, it was a visual extravaganza.  I used ink and pencil for the sketch above. Great practice!

During the upcoming week I am hoping to get some life drawing/painting in and also I am vowing to go to the gym. And you...what are your plans? 

(Oh, also I went to art discussion last see what everyone brought, go HERE.) :)

(Top Photo): Oil Study, Celeste Bergin, Cloud Study, oil on 5x7 canvas panel

Friday, April 17, 2015


I took this painting to art discussion on Thursday. To see what everyone else brought....go HERE

Hoping you have a great weekend and that you are doing something special.

Painting: Celeste Bergin, Early Moon, oil on 8x8 canvas panel

Sunday, April 12, 2015


I was dissatisfied with what I painted earlier I turned it over and painted this simple made-up portrait on the other side. I painted it directly onto the pressboard..and no's just a practice sketch in paint. (I was a little surprised that this came out better than some of the portraits I've toiled over)! Funny how that is. :)

Oil sketch, Celeste Bergin, Made-up-portrait, oil on pressboard, 10x8  

Friday, April 10, 2015


This (semi)-nocturne of the Columbia River was painted with cad yellow, naples yellow, burnt sienna, ultramarine blue and white.

......And it just so happens that the art discussion group's topic last week was about clouds. Here I am taking John Carlson's advice and sketching clouds in pencil. He says that the best way to understand anything is to observe and sketch it. Well, doh! haha. I really love sketching and I never get tired of it. That is the new Tilikum Bridge in the distance. (Tilikum translates to bridge of the people)
To see what everyone brought to the art discussion meeting....go here. Now I am off to check out your see what you have been doing.

Painting: Celeste Bergin, Rain over the River, oil on 8x8 canvas panel

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter and New upcoming week!

There is a lot "wrong" with this start....but there are some right things too. At least I know what the issues are, which is what made me stop where I did. Even though I did another painting after this one...I wound up liking the energy in this one best. Did you have a happy Easter? I sure hope so. Oh, and I went to art discussion last see what everyone brought go HERE

Oil Painting Start, Celeste Bergin, from Powell Butte, oil on 8x8 canvas panel