Friday, November 20, 2015


Our Thursday discussion meeting was about favorite art books. I've been re-reading Richard Schmid's wonderful book Alla Prima. I have the old version of the book, there is a newer one. 

 I shared this monochrome underpainting (that I painted in Schmid style) in the meeting. The lights are accomplished by wiping away paint from the surface. (I have really not done that method before ...more confirmation for me that there are many methods of painting). Schmid wrote in his book that he sometimes just paints monochromatically and doesn't do more. (I think that is what I will do with this one, though I will likely paint more portraits in the future, adding color and using his method).

To see what everyone else brought (and to read about the great book recommendations...) go HERE

(Painting): Celeste Bergin, in the style of Schmid, Raw Umber oil on 12x16 canvas sheet

Monday, November 16, 2015


Last week our art discussion group talked about what makes a painting successful. It was kind of a challenging topic since we were also asked to bring in a painting that demonstrates a successful result. I brought in this painting that I did a couple of years ago in a workshop. (Funny, most of us brought work from our archives. What do we think that means?) Well, I think most people find it weird to crow about their own work. It always seems best to just let the painting do the talking. 

To see what everyone else brought go HERE 

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

Thursday, November 5, 2015


Hi Friends! I haven't been blogging for awhile.... I have been working a little on my studio and getting ready for winter. 

The photos in today's post are just what they look like. I finally ditched some of my worst paintings that were taking up valuable space. I posted these photos on Facebook and got some flack for it. People tend to think of this as sad or wasteful. Whenever you post something on Facebook there is a reliable legion of people who want to tell you what you are doing wrong.

This idea (to burn paintings) has been in my mind for a long time, ever since I read that an artist I admire made a practice of this. Today's art discussion meeting's topic was "What one thing did you do over the past year that made you a better painter"? My answer was "destroying paintings that currently serve no purpose"! (Really, if you have been painting for awhile and not yet gotten rid of things, you might consider doing is a liberating decision).

To see what everyone brought to today's meeting, go HERE.

Well, I'm excited about painting this winter....are you? I will go check your blogs now. :)