Friday, July 11, 2014

179. Cherries on Top


'Cherries on Top'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

Happy Friday!
Stay cool!


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

178. Carlton Elevator


'Carlton Elevator'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

I've wanted to paint the Carlton Elevator for a while, but all my photos of it were taken on cloudy days. Imagine that. ;)

On our little anniversary tour of the neighborhood, we actually parked the car and wandered around the tiny wine-tasting town of Carlton, Oregon, just so I could take oodles of sunshiny pics of this here lovely elevator. 

I haven't painted for a couple of weeks and this was a fun way to jump back in. (After spending a couple of hours on a too-hard-for-rusty-skills, what-was-I-thinking-wiper-off-er, of course. ;) As I do.)


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

June in review...


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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

177. The Oak


'The Oak'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

We started our Sunday drive by doing a loop on Sauvie Island, the largest island along the Columbia River. Known (at least by me) for its pumpkin patches and corn mazes, the 26,000 acre island is flat and farmy, with the added bonus of foothills and mountains rising gloriously in the distance.
This little scene was one of many just like it, - a lone oak standing guard in his field. 

Reminds me of that old saying, "Farmers: Outstanding in their field." 
(Sorry.)
Y'know, like you'd see on a t-shirt in the Miles Kimball catalog. ;) 
(That makes me sound like I'm 114 years old. I am not.)

Side note, my mom ordered us personalized pencils from Miles Kimball one year that read: 'Stolen from' followed by our name.  :)
Ohhh, for some reason that makes me laugh and laugh every time I think about it! Boy, we used to fight over that catalog. Good times. :)

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

176. Block Party


'Block Party'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

To celebrate our tenth anniversary, my husband and I spent the day doing two of our favorite things; driving around and eating. :)
An hour or two south of us is some of the best farmland in the pnw, and it's one of my favorites places to roam. The day was sunny and warm, and after stumbling upon some rolling fields of drying hay near an old barn stocked with goats, well, my senses were having a party. It brought me right back to the summers of my youth, and made me super homesick for Minnesota.
I love a farm in the summer. :)

This particular barn is one we've seen often; it's right next to the road heading north out of Yamhill, Oregon. 
The sign reads, 'Block Party USA, Yamhill OR 2005'.

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Friday, June 13, 2014

175. B is for Ball


'B is for Ball
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

The other day, I decided to whip up a large two foot by three foot painting of a blue Ball jar for my kitchen wall. 
Ha! 
Today, I decided to whip up a nice little version instead. :)
(Don't worry, large version, I haven't given up on you yet.)

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Monday, June 9, 2014

174. Berry Box


'Berry Box'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

The strawberries are so great this year, and our local fruitstand sells them in these beautiful green-blue paper boxes. 
Irresistible. :)

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Saturday, June 7, 2014

173. Royal Baking Powder


'Royal Baking Powder'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

I love a good label.
In fact, I was just admiring the A1 bottle the other day. :)
This vintage baking powder is from the 1960's.

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

May in review...


My paintings from May.
To see the availability of these or any of my paintings, visit my Daily Paintworks gallery.

Thanks for viewing my work. :)


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

172. The Greens


'The Greens'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

This little scene with every shade of green is not far from my sister Greta's house in Washington state. 
From the foothills of Mt. Adams, these vineyards gaze across the state line (aka, the beautiful Columbia River) toward the foothills of Mt. Hood in Oregon. In fact, you can just see the edge of Mt. Hood's snow cover in the  upper right corner of this scene.

In case you didn't know, the Pacific Northwest is pretty pretty. :)

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

171. Put Me In, Coach!


'Put Me In, Coach!'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

My most recently acquired 'junking' treasure. 
Happy Birthday to me. :)
(Some of the info printed on the glove: MacGregor, Made in USA, 
Red Schoendienst Autograph Model, G119.)

I kinda love it, especially since this year my oldest boy started Little League.
I completely enjoyed watching him play, and it made me realize why my mom rarely missed a game of ours. (And there were a lot of us!) 
Something about watching your kids learn a new skill and have fun while doing it -- really cool. :)

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

170. Ahead of the Curve


'Ahead of the Curve'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

We had a great weekend in the Columbia River Gorge with a few of my sisters and their families. It is just so stunningly beautiful in the gorge - a must see if you're visiting this area.

I snapped this shot on our way home as the sun was settling in the west - my favorite time of day. :)

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Friday, May 23, 2014

169. Red Doors


'Red Doors'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

Hey! It's Friday, it's my birthday, it's the start of a three-day weekend...everything is awesome. :)

I painted the front half of this mid-40's Ford back in 2012, and it's fun to see how my painting style has changed since then - here they are together:

     

Thanks for viewing, and have a great Memorial Day weekend, everyone!

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Wide Open Air


'Wide Open Air'
24" x 12"
oil on gessoboard

A change of pace this week -- working much larger and trying to 'think big' again! It was a fun challenge, and I think I shall finally declare this complete. The scene is the sun setting just outside our little town, where the flat, marshy dikelands sprawl between the hills and ridges that contain the mighty Columbia River, just an hour upstream from where she joins the Pacific. When I see hints of skies like this through the trees, I zip out there to soak it all in. :) 

This painting will be part of the Spring Auction at my boys' elementary school, and I've chosen the image and title as my interpretation of the auction's theme, Dr. Suess', "Oh, The Places You'll Go!"

"It's opener there
in the wide, open, air."

This auction is organized by the teaching staff, and we're so grateful to be part of a school where the teachers and parents go the extra mile. Last year was the first of these auctions and I was blown away by all the work put into it -- really, really great. I love our school!

I've been posting some progress shots on Facebook and Instagram (user name norabergman), and I've shared them below. 
I'd love to have you follow me either place, -- every so often I'll post paintings in-progress, or you can see what boring things my boys and I are up to. ;)

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Thanks for viewing my work!






Friday, May 9, 2014

168. Never Mind the Rain


'Never Mind the Rain'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

The rain has been relentless the last couple of days, but I don't mind.
I find the fog and clouds to be a blanket of balm; the pounding of drops a soothing lullaby.

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

167. Cream of the Crop


'Cream of the Crop'
6" x 6"
oil on gessobord

A little scene from last month's Tulip Festival in Woodland, WA.
My fellas indulged me (briefly) and endured the flower fields on a warm Sunday afternoon. :)

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(Reminder; Blogger oversaturates the photos here, - to see a more accurate representation, visit my Daily Paintworks gallery.)

Friday, May 2, 2014

166. Work in Progress


'Work in Progress'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

Alternate title: 'It looks like something you'd like', which is what my husband said when I showed him the phone pic and asked if I should paint it. :)
He is oh-so-right. 

Some of the shops in our town are getting new paint jobs, and when my littlest guy and I walked down the main street yesterday, I literally stopped in my tracks. I mean, come on. All those ladders, their shadows, all the lines -- it's as if someone set out four ladders just for me. :)

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Framing

I was recently asked about framing small panel paintings, specifically about 'floating frames' and how they work. A floating frame is designed to have the artwork installed from the front/finished side of the frame, therefore leaving the entire image exposed. 
I think they're kind of ideal for small paintings made on panels.

(Disclaimer: None of this information is original to me, I've merely learned from others, especially Carol Marine, and adapted to my liking.)


Similar to regular install-from-the-back frames, floating frames come in a variety of finishes and profiles. I'm a simple girl, and I really like these straight, black floating frames from Franken Frame
(This particular frame is item no. 2026 on their website. My panels are 6" x 6" so I order the frames at 6.25" x 6.25" to allow for the little space.)

(front)

(back
(These frames come without any hardware, I added the wire and bumpers myself. Little known fact: one of my part-time jobs in college was a framing assistant at The Great Frame Up. :) )

Securing the painting to the frame couldn't be easier!
I use industrial strength self-adhesive black Velcro. It comes in rolls or sheets, and I've bought it at craft stores and hardware stores and, of course, it's available on Amazon


I cut the appropriate length strips (1/4" to 3/8" wide), and attach the hook (rough) piece to the frame;


and the corresponding loop (soft) piece to the back of the panel.




To install, just put the two together! Easy as pie! 


I usually put one hand up through the back side and lower the artwork with that hand so I can clearly see all the edges while lowering slowly onto the frame. A couple of firm pushes on the corners to make sure it's attached, and that's it!



Here's my little rotating display in our living room:


I love using the Velcro for a couple of reasons; one, it has some thickness so it lifts the panel away from the back of the frame a bit, and two, even though it's incredibly secure, it's not permanent! I can change out the art in my frames as often as I like, and have my 'For Sale' pieces displayed nicely. 

How do you frame your small panel paintings? Share your tips!


April in Review...


Ok, this feels a little pathetic - only four paintings in April. :/
It's hard for me to be too bummed about that, though, because... I sold over twenty paintings last month!! 
That, my friends, is blowing my mind. 

Thanks, all!


Wednesday, April 30, 2014

165. Friday Night at the Fair


'Friday Night at the Fair'
6" x 6"
oil on gessobord

The final rays of the day spread across tent-tops at the county fair.

This scene is from our fair trip last August; - taking just one more look at the midway before we head home for the evening.
I really liked seeing the gaggles of girls and guys milling about - it totally brought me back. Summer is just the best, especially when you're young.

This scene is fitting for today, as we are experiencing late summer temperatures. What a great way to bring in May!

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(btw, Blogger does something funky and over-saturates these images. To see a more accurate representation of the painting, just click on through to my  Daily Paintworks gallery. ) 


Friday, April 25, 2014

164. Head for the Hills


'Head for the Hills'
6" x 6"
oil on gessobord

Hey gang, I missed ya!
After a very fun and busy Easter week, my family spent this week taking turns being yucky sick. Thankfully, I have (so far) avoided the nasties, but I didn't have a chance to paint until today. Too long! :)

I think all the yet-to-be-caught-up laundry and dishes, not to mention the three-year-old spewing on me right after crawling into my bed (twice!) may be the inspiration for this painting. Whew! I wanna get away! ;)

This stretch of very rolling highway is in eastern Montana, a place that I find fascinating and starkly beautiful.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

163. Oregon Morning


'Oregon Morning'
6" x 6"
oil on gessobord

Yesterday morning; - it was sunny, it was foggy, it was fantastic.
I love this painting.

This is daily painting no. 163, and today marks my two-year anniversary of oil painting and daily painting! Whoohoo! 
 (I painted off and on with acrylics for several years prior.)

Thanks, all, for hanging out with me as I learn and grow.
 I am really so thrilled to have this avenue to express my creative self, and the overwhelming support from family, friends and fellow artists has just meant the world. Love you guys. :)

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Monday, April 7, 2014

March in review...


To see the availability of these and all my paintings, visit my Daily Paintworks gallery.

Thanks for viewing my work!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

162. Second Street


'Second Street'
6" x 6"
oil on gessobord

This very steep street is close to our home, and we drive up and down it several times a week.  
I snapped this picture one day when the clouds were perfectly puffy and white, and the sky a brilliant, deep blue. I laughed while taking it, and more so when looking at my photos, because it is FILLED with wires! 

(Is this a normal amount of utility lines? 
I don't recall seeing them like this in other places. 
I'm gonna have to start paying attention.)

Of course, I could have just eliminated them all and focused on the sky, but...they kind of grew on me. I'm into power lines right now. :)
(In the end, I did leave a few out -- so many wires!)

As we drove home from the post office this afternoon, my three-year-old asked, "Mom, is this the painting you were painting?" 
:)

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Monday, March 31, 2014

161. April Flower


'April Flower'
6" x 6"
oil on gessobord

The camellias are blooming. :)
Happy April!

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

160. Don't Miss the Bus


'Don't Miss the Bus'
6" x 6"
oil on gessobord

Yup, I'd give a lot to be on this bus right now.
This sweet ride was perched on the sunny beach in Seaview, WA, last August. I miss you, August.

There's a suggestion of a seagull in the forefront that really made me want to title this: "Put a bird on it."
I chickened out.
Lol. :)

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

159. Kitchen Sink


'Kitchen Sink'
6" x 6"
oil on gessobord

The story of my life. :)

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

158. Oranges 'R' Amazing


'Oranges 'R' Amazing'
6" x 6"
oil on gessobord

When I was a teen, I was once struck by the incredible fruit that is the orange. I had my family shaking their heads and rolling their eyes as I waxed on about how they are SO AMAZING. I can't for the life of me remember what my big 'oranges are amazing' speech included, and have often stared at one since, wondering what I was so crazy about.
I still like oranges, especially their juice, - but, really? 
As if the orange is somehow more special than any of God's other fruit and vegetable creations. 
I mean, come on, asparagus is clearly the leader of that race.

By the way, this particular variety is the Cara Cara, a red-fleshed orange. 
Pretty. And very tasty, according to my husband. 

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Monday, March 17, 2014

157. St. Patrick


'St. Patrick'
6" x 6"
oil on gessobord

Most days, choosing what to paint can be the most agonizing part of my process. I had in mind to paint something sunny, and after indecisively perusing a bunch of late summer farm/landscape type pics, I moved further back to the unofficial first day of summer in my photo library, the 4th of July. I've passed by this photo dozens of times, but today, it reached out and grabbed me, and my mind was (finally) made up.

On last 4th of July, we watched the parade in our small town and then loaded up the car for a fabulous camping trip to southern Oregon.  
We're not far from the lovely city of Portland, and I snapped this picture as we cruised through, admiring buildings and bridges and the beautiful blue sky.

I didn't know it when I started painting this morning, but a little internet search tells me this gorgeous steeple belongs to St. Patrick Catholic Church in Portland.
I know, right? :)
Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

156. Corrugated


'Corrugated'
6" x 6"
oil on gessobord

Here in the pnw/upperleftusa, we do not take our shadows for granted. 
We also brake for rusty barn lights mounted on overlapping corrugated tin.

By 'we' of course I mean 'I', and I am so glad we're moving into full-time shadow season. Ok, so that's a few months away. But, we have seen a little more sunshine lately, so I was able to take my young'uns on one of my rambling inspiration-seeking drives around the neighborhood. 
The sun was shining, the windows were rolled down, and all three of my boys took a little springing-forward induced nap.
It was lovely indeed.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

155. Winnett Elevator


'Winnett Elevator'
6" x 6"
oil on gessobord

I snapped several photos of this elevator a couple of summers ago when we were driving through eastern Montana. I wasn't sure exactly what small town we were passing through, but in one of my pics there's a giant 'W' made of white rocks up on that hillside. (I love those homemade smalltown monograms, by the way.) After a little map sleuthing along our route (thank you Google Maps), I found the tiny town of Winnett, and, to its south, the satellite photos reveal a giant 'W'. :) 

The cartophile in me is geeking out right now. 

(Don't even get me started about Google Earth - I can wile away hour upon hour exploring the world via satellite images. It's just incredible!)  

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

154. Scissors


'Scissors'
6" x 6"
oil on gessobord

My fabric scissors.
They're kinda lonely.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

153. I'm a Fan


'I'm a Fan'
6" x 6"
oil on gessobord

I'm a fan of a vintage fan. ;)
This is one of my 'Zero' fans - I've painted them before and they're always fun. Well, except for when they're not. 
My first attempt today was a big mess of no fun. Thankfully, I'm getting wiser and instead of trying twenty-seven times to fix it, I just wiped it all away and started over. 
Clean slate. Literally.
Ah, there we go. Fun again. :)

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February in review...


As always, you can check the availability of these or any of my paintings in my Daily Paintworks Gallery.

Thanks for viewing my work!

Monday, February 24, 2014

152. Jar on Sill


'Jar on Sill'
6" x 6"
oil on gessobord

Ah, old Ball jar, you're just so lovely.
It's always a fun challenge to find new ways to capture these vintage jars. 
I'm kinda likin' this rendition - it feels so unperturbed.

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