Saturday, August 20, 2016

2016 Pacific NW Plein Air Competition and Exhibition, Mary Hill Museum of Art, Reception, Friday, August 26

Dear Friends:

The 2016 Pacific Northwest Plein Air Event begins Monday, August 22, 2016. 
For the first time the show is hosted by the prestigious Maryhill Museum of Art.

40 artists will paint at various locations throughout the Columbia River Gorge for four days beginning August 22 through Thursday, August 25.

The Opening Reception at Maryhill Museum of Art is a free event and open to the public Friday, August 26, 5 to 7 PM

You are invited to view the paintings the artists created en plein air, to meet the artists and enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres. All of the paintings will be available for purchase.

The exhibition continues Saturday and Sunday, August 27 and 28 at Maryhill Museum of Art.
Hours are 10 AM to 5 PM. (Over the weekend the exhibit is free with paid museum admission).

More information on the event is at

See you at the Reception!  


P.S. Check out my paintings throughout the week on my Instagram page.

(Painting) Celeste Bergin, oil, "Pebble Beach, Stevenson, Wa" 12x9 on canvas panel, 

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Artist Reception, June 3, 6-8pm Borland Gallery, Silverton, OR (You are Invited)

Intimate Grandeur
Images of Northwest landscape
Eric Jacobsen
Celeste Bergin
Carol Hansen
Erik Sandgren
Ulan Moore
Helen Bouchard
Jim Shull

Borland Gallery
303 Coolidge Street
Silverton, OR 97381

Opening Reception
Friday, June 3, 2016, 6pm-8pm

Friday, April 29, 2016

Happy Weekend!

This is one of those scenes where you just have to go with what is there. All I had was a bunch of bushes....but luckily the sun came out really strong and lit it up. It's just a practice piece, but I wound up pleased with it. I took it to the art discussion meeting recently because the subject was backlighting (or rim lighting). To see what everyone else brought go HERE. (Additional other weeks HERE and HERE)  Have you been busy painting?

(Painting) Celeste Bergin, Sun-struck, oil on 12x9 canvas panel

Saturday, April 2, 2016


I've been painting on Saturdays at "Fine Art Saturday". Today the model wore a big beautiful sun hat. This is after a few hours. I might resolve it further, because I think it is a good start. 
The weather is starting to be really nice here in Portland, so I hope to start painting outdoors soon too. What have you been doing? I'll go check out some blogs now. 

(Painting) Celeste Bergin, Model S, oil on 16x20 canvas sheet

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

I'm back...! AGAIN

My life pretty much came to a grinding halt while I tried to find out what to do about the intractable daily headaches I have been having for a full year. The situation just got worse and worse. Last week, after months and months (and months) of conservative treatment I had sinus surgery. I’m so grateful to my wonderful Doctor Timothy Smith at OHSU and I am optimistic that I am going to be back 100%. Aren't we lucky that we live in an age when Doctors and nurses can help us so much? It just feels like a miracle that the daily headache chapter might actually be coming to a close.

Ok!  By way of catching up….despite all the trouble I’ve had I did manage to get to Studio one-eleven at the Troy for a couple of life painting sessions. This is Sean. They also call him “Boss”. He definitely gives off an air of a man in-charge.

Another week at Studio one-eleven.  This model wore a lovely backless dress, but my view of her was from the front. I loved the hits of color from the lighting on her face. 

 Headache or not, I always make a concerted effort to get to Art Discussion Thursdays. This is an “experimental” painting I brought. (I realize now that it looks like an ad for Headache.  Haha)!
(To see what others brought...go here, here and here)

Sinus surgery recovery is no cake walk…I literally had to take to my bed and just stay there. I’ve done a batch of self portraits in my sketchbook (from photos). This one is one of my favorites where I am contemplating cutting my hair.

Finally today, I felt well enough to set up a little “sketch station” in the bedroom. I like drawing and I’m going to make it a daily habit…(like my friend Jim King does).  Now you are all brought up to date….Next, I’ll be checking in with you on what you’ve been doing! (And Thank you facebookers,  for all the well wishes on my Facebook wall).

(Photo 1): Painting, Celeste Bergin, Oil, Sean, 16x20 oil on canvas sheet
(Photo 2)  Painting, Celeste Bergin, Oil, Young Lady, 16x20 oil on canvas sheet
(Photo 3)  Painting, Celeste Bergin, Oil, Waiting, 16x20 oil on canvas sheet
(Photo 4)  Drawing, Celeste Bergin, I should cut this #2 pencil in Fabriano sketchbook, 
(Photo 5)  Sketch corner in the bedroom

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Painting in Gallery One-Eleven at the Troy Building

Last Saturday a few of us painted in Gallery One-Eleven at the Troy Building. This is where Joanne Radmilovich-Kollman has a studio and she and Sean McGonigal are going to begin offering Saturday open figure sessions (no instruction). This was a "Beta-test" to see if the space seems right ...we decided it is just great for model and still life sessions. Above is my painting "start".

Joanne talks about her own effort here.

The Troy building has traditionally housed a lot of artist studios (and originally it had something to do with Laundry).

So, if you are in Portland and want to know more about these upcoming Saturdays contact Joanne: joradart@comcast(dot)net. 

To see what everyone brought to art discussion on Thursday go HERE

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

Thursday, January 28, 2016


The topic of our art discussion this week was "revisiting a painting". This figure originally had an umbrella. In the spirit of the topic I simply painted it out and made up a few other shapes. It is really liberating to just paint things from memory without a care. To see what everyone else brought to the meeting...go HERE.

(Painting) Celeste Bergin, City walk, oil on 8x8 canvas panel

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Happy New Week!

I nearly forgot to post about what happened last week. It was a good week...was yours? Our Art Discussion Meeting was especially good, because it covered "pattern". This is a study that I painted in a pear orchard---and I took it to the meeting for a sample of "pattern". 

If I remember, the subsequent painting that I did from this painting was not as good as the study. Funny how that is, sometimes. It is the immediacy that can say the most sometimes....even if it doesn't seem 100% accurate. Heart trumps "right" sometimes. 

To see what everyone else brought go HERE.

(Plein Air Study) Celeste Bergin, Hood River Pear, oil on 8x8 canvas panel

Monday, January 18, 2016


Last week I did this oil study from a photo reference (generously given to our Facebook Alla Prima Portland group by Khanh Huynh (Thanks, Khanh). I liked the big dark shapes. I'll probably do a couple more versions of this. To see the other Alla Prima Portland art discussion paintings from last week go HERE.

I thought I would gesso some new MDF boards today. I used to work on board like this a long time ago--so it isn't completely new to me. 

This "file folder holder" makes a great drying station. I'll be doing multiple gesso passes on these panels. Well now...what about you--what have you been doing art-wise?

(Oil Study) Celeste Bergin, Khanh's model, oil on 12x16 canvas sheet

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Happy Sunday!

I haven't quite figured out how I am going to compose my flight boots painting yet (I'm thinking)! in the interim (translation: while I stall haha) I painted this simple little funny toy. How can you take things too seriously when a happy little bird like this is staring back at you? 

I am grateful to my art friend David McBride who turned me onto RPS standing studio lamps. They are really lightweight and so handy. I had plenty of lamps before (mine clamped onto things mostly)...but these are just so much better. 

Now I'm off to check out my blogging friends to see what you are doing! 

(Oil Study) Celeste Bergin, Red Bird, oil on 9x 12 canvas sheet

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Happy New Year....Yay!

Gary Everest chose me to become the steward of his flight boots when he and his wife moved to Hawaii a couple of years ago. These boots meant a lot to him and he painted them several times. It feels like a huge honor to be given I've decided I will paint them too. I know I can't do nearly the great job that Gary did..but I'll do my best. Today I just got some value studies started. These boots are truly magnificent. Beautiful shapes! (The idea to paint these reminds me that Van Gogh painted shoes and boots several times).

I don't "do" New Year's Resolutions, but I do pledge to return to blogging. Here are my cats to prove that I am serious. (Because, as you know...there can be no internet pledges without cats). :)

(Top Photo-Value Studies) Celeste Bergin, Gary's Flight Boots,  oil on canvas sheet