Showing posts with label alla prima from photo reference. Show all posts
Showing posts with label alla prima from photo reference. Show all posts

Monday, January 28, 2013


I painted this quite a long time ago....I resurrected it from storage and was planning to put it into the Jane Eyre exhibit. It looked good in a bronze frame. There wasn't enough room for it in the show, however, so back to storage it went. I've always liked it, because of how mysterious it is. Who is that guy? Who is she? What are they talking about? It was painted from a photo reference.

Painting: Celeste Bergin, Conversation (2009), oil on 9x12 canvas panel

Tuesday, August 28, 2012


Just an oil sketch from a photo reference. I used transparent red oxide, ultramarine blue and white. I might do more to it later.

Oil sketch: Celeste Bergin, Woman in a hat, oil on 9z12 canvas

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Just for fun

A small black and white sketch...sort of a self imposed exercise in shapes and values.

Oil sketch, Celeste Bergin, Strike! oil on 6x6 gessoed hardboard

Friday, July 20, 2012


Oil sketch: Celeste Bergin, Cabin, oil on 8x8 canvas panel

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

In progress

I read somewhere that Georgia O'Keeffe often had three paintings going at once. I've never worked that way, but I currently have two paintings in the works and tomorrow (or the next day) I will have to decide to tackle one or the other ......or both.

(Detail) Painting, Celeste Bergin, Rain in the City, oil on 10x10 cradled panel

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Just for Fun

Another little oil sketch in only black and white. I might paint this again, I loved interpreting the unique shapes.

Oil Sketch: Celeste Bergin, Old Telephone, oil on 4x4 canvas panel (Update: SOLD)

Saturday, December 17, 2011


This is a painting over an old painting. It's a big improvement over what it eradicated.

Painting: Celeste Bergin, Yellow Tree, oil on 8x8 canvas panel

Thursday, December 8, 2011

"Paint over Thursday"

The coolest thing about oil paint is that you can paint over other paintings "ad infinitum". Here are the steps (below):

This is a practice portrait that I did awhile back. It's nothing that I won't I'm painting over it.

I'm using a limited palette of Burnt Sienna, Ultramarine Blue, White and Raw Sienna. I put the general shapes in with Burnt Sienna.

I paint the sky in as one big shape and place warm and cool colors to describe the trees.

Keeping everything super-simple, I add colors/shapes for the building structure and the road.

I leave parts of the original darks exposed and add some indication of the roof and some fence posts. I finish the trees with some additional brushwork. The original "dude" is completely obliterated---mission accomplished!

Painting: Celeste Bergin, Grange Hall, oil on 9x12 canvas panel

Monday, November 21, 2011


Just a little impromptu direct painting "night-sky" practice. My aim was to go with some simple shapes, limited colors and high contrast. I'm happy enough with the outcome, although I'll likely make a couple corrections after it is dry. Here are the steps:

1. General design

2. Placing the lightest light

3. Placing the darkest darks

4. Adding additional tones, both light and dark

Final "Night Sky"

Painting: Celeste Bergin, Night Sky, oil on 8x8 stretched canvas

Monday, November 14, 2011


Glasses are an interesting element to paint in a portrait, but not many people look good in half glasses, in my estimation. No one really "rocks" a pair of half glasses.  I don't think even Benjamin Franklin really pulled it off.

Painting: Celeste Bergin, Portrait practice, oil on 9x12 canvas panel