Monday, January 8, 2018

Baby Moo Year

'Baby Moo Year'
20" x 16"
acrylic on canvas panel

My first painting of 2018! 
When one of your sisters is scrolling through cute cow paintings online and you're an artist, well, you gotta make your sister a cute cow (calf ) painting! :) 
This is larger than my norm, and I used acrylics which I don't typically do, so it was a fun change of pace. Just messin' around with big brushes and big blobs of paint; - a great way to start my new year!


Thursday, December 14, 2017

2018 Calendars

8.5" x 11" (17" x 11" when hanging)
Printed on premium glossy card stock and spiral bound.

Every November I choose my favorite paintings from the previous twelve months and put them all in a calendar. It's a fun way to watch my work, and, they make great prints for framing when the year is over. Enjoy in 2018 and beyond!​

Calendars are $20.00 plus shipping.
Order in my DPW gallery.

284. Jingle Balls

'Jingle Balls'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

Ah, I love these simple silver ball ornaments.
I always add a bunch to our tree, they're like so many little mirrors reflecting all the twinkling lights. :) 

Also, my 2018 Calendars are in, and they look great! There's still time to order one in time for Christmas, - you can find all the info in my DPW gallery. Thanks to all of you that have purchased one already. :)

Friday, December 1, 2017

283. Along the Lines

'Along the Lines'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

If you've followed me for a while, you know that every year I make a calendar with some of my favorite paintings from the previous twelve months. I had fewer paintings to choose from this year, so I hustled last week to add a couple more calendar-worthy ones. ;) 
(Maybe I'm a little too hard on myself, lol.)

Anyway, this is a scene from just outside our little town. 
(On Olson Road if you're a local. :) ) 
The late afternoon light down the power line alley was just so beautiful. Enjoy.

Speaking of calendars, they are currently in transit to me! If you're interested in pre-ordering, here's where you can do that. I hope to start shipping them out by next Friday, December 8th. 
(Fingers crossed they get here on time and in good condition. :) )

Thursday, November 23, 2017

282. Havin' a Ball

'Havin' a Ball'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

Another attempt in my never-ending Ball jar challenge. :)

Thursday, November 16, 2017

281. Call Me Back

'Call Me Back'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

I wanted something 'easy' to paint, so I grabbed my old phone.
You'd think I know by now, - it's just impossible to predict 'easy', lol. 
So, even though it was a challenge, I'm pretty satisfied with how it ended up. :)

Friday, November 3, 2017

280. Turning a Corner

"Turning a Corner"
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

My middle son recognized this scene immediately as, 'on the way to soccer practice'. 
Their season is now over, and although it was great to watch them play, we're happy to have our Saturdays back. (For the moment. :) )

I actually finished this painting a couple days ago, but, heavily shadowed scenes are particularly hard to capture accurately in photos, - especially on gloomy, overcast days. Today, the sky was slightly more cooperative, but the photo is still not quite what I want it to be. Friends viewing my work in real life often say, "Oh, it looks so much better in person!" In this instance, I would definitely agree. :) 

Thursday, October 19, 2017

279. A Fair Evening

'A Fair Evening'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

A scene from our county fair. 
It's really making me miss warm evenings and sunny days.
But, now we have the reassuring comfort of thick, low clouds and gentle, steady rain.
Like, literally, an 'atmospheric river' of rain, according to the weatherman. 
Ah, good times in the pnw. ;)

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

278. Suuka's Spot

'Suuka's Spot'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

A little scene from our Alaska trip last summer.
Suuka in her perch, keeping watch over the Kenai.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

277. Seventy-six and Sunny

'Seventy-six and Sunny'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

Sometimes you stop for fuel and the sun and a '76 sign make your day. 
We are still enjoying sunny days like this; take your time, Summer, take your time. :)

Thursday, August 3, 2017

276. Pink Slips

'Pink Slips'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

Midsummer sunset in Minnesota :)

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

275. Pasture Picnic

'Pasture Picnic'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

Hi! I hope you're all enjoying your summer! 
I've taken a little painting break, and now I'm very happy to be back at it. :)

We recently returned from a wonderful road trip to Minnesota, and this little farm scene is not far from my parents' home. I like how it turned out in the end, but, I'm not gonna lie, - painting is hard, folks, painting is hard. Whew! (And fun, and addictive, and rewarding...)

Thursday, May 4, 2017

274. Keeps Toast Warm

'Keeps Toast Warm'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

I added this sweet little Sunbeam T-9 to my vintage toaster collection last week. 
(That brings my collection to two. ;) ) She just makes me smile. 
And, she keeps the toast down after toasting if you want her to. 
What a good little Sunbeam.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

273. Summer Highlights

'Summer Highlights'
6" x 6"
oil on gessobord

We've seen so little of the sun this winter/spring, I've resorted to painting pictures full of it. 
It's not the viewing of it that I miss so much (kinda hurts my eyes, lol), but the feeling of it.
See that tiny patch of yard peeking through beneath/between the trees? If only I could be right there, sprawled out on a sun-warmed cotton quilt with a pillow and a good book. Ahhh. 
Oh, and also, I'd be sixteen again, lol.

I am very happy with how this scene turned out, - it was so challenging! I painted from a photo I took a few Augusts ago in the Yakima Valley of Washington state. My favorite part is the light reflecting up to the wall from the lower roof of the red building on the far right. 
So much warmth and light bouncing around, - oh, summer, please hurry!

Friday, April 21, 2017

272. Tulips!

6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

Is the 'longest winter ever' finally over?? Please, let it be so! :)

We enjoyed a stunningly beautiful day today, blue skies and over seventy degrees! 
It was so lovely. 

I started this little tulip painting last week and had hoped to finish it on Monday, but I was waylaid by a bout of vertigo. I've never experienced it before, and hope to never again! 
My heart goes out to those who deal with it chronically, - so not fun.
 I finally felt up to attempting a paintbrush today, - it was so satisfying to be back in my corner, and I think being slightly dizzy forced me to paint a little faster and looser. :)
I hope you enjoy the result. :)

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Summer at Beaver Falls

'Summer at Beaver Falls'
18" x 24"
oil on gessoboard

Hey guys, I've missed you! 
You'll notice that this is a lot bigger than normal for me, and that's because it's my donation to the fundraising auction at my boys' school. I love being able to contribute to this event!

Beaver Falls is local to us, and sadly, I lived here for eleven years before my first visit! 
I went first after a heavy rain in the spring, - vastly different than this scene! The flow is twice as wide and multiple times the volume, - very intense! I think I prefer this version, from July of last year. Sweet and sun-dappled. :)


Friday, February 3, 2017

271. Made in the Shade

'Made in the Shade'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

Can't get enough of these snowy scenes! 
This one is from our recent bout of wintry weather. It's a rare treat to see our mossy wonderland blanketed in white, and we thoroughly enjoyed it. While heading to 'town' for a few errands, my husband took a little detour so I could photograph an old barn. The barn was pretty enough, but just down the road from it was this stunner of a tree! Love! I've only painted two, but there were actually about eight deer hanging out in her shadow. It was delightful.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

270. Sunny Side Up

'Sunny Side Up'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

Just another happy little dose of sun and snow.
I snapped this photo in Spokane, WA on our return trip from Minnesota. 
This little sweetheart made me smile, and she was really fun to paint. 

Friday, January 13, 2017

269. Snow Days

'Snow Days'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

Yay, my first painting of '17! 

My guys and I drove from Oregon to Minnesota for Christmas, and we had a wonderful time hanging out with my parents and other family that live there. 
There was plenty of snow, and so much sunshine, and, well, that's kind of the perfect combo. 
If you follow me on instagram (norabergman), you've seen a bit of my obsession. ;)
It was just so pretty! 

This scene is from one of my photos from the trip. It was not an actual 'snow day', - those are pretty rare there, but back here in Oregon, we are currently on Snow Day No. 4 for this week! It's like Winter Break all over again! My boys are loving it, and so am I. (Mostly. :) )

Monday, January 2, 2017

Leah's Jams

'Leah's Jams'
18" x 18"
oil on gessoboard

Hi guys! I've missed you!
I did a little painting in early December, but it was a gift so I had to keep it a secret.
I'm so happy to finally show it to you! 

A very sweet man commissioned this for his wife, my friend, Leah. He even sent me a jar of her homemade jam for me to paint! It was a really fun project, a little bigger than my norm, and I am extremely happy with how it turned out. 
Leah loves it too, and that's the best part. :)


Note: I have just a handful of 2017 calendars left in my DPW store.

Read on to hear me wax philosophical about life and stress... :)

I started out painting only commissions (in the form of custom murals), and it worked very well. I loved the challenge of taking a concept or image and adapting it to the specific style and needs of my client. I didn't have to be the 'idea man', - the ideas have always been the hardest part for me, - I just painted what someone told me to paint. It was fun, difficult and rewarding.

The mural work slowly phased out after I became a wife and mom, and then life was about diapers and just trying to get enough sleep. :) In the midst of that chaos, I always found something to create, because, well, that's as important as breathing to me. Curtains, ornaments, purses... there's always something to make!

Then, a few years ago, I took the plunge into a whole new era in my painting journey... learning oils, painting small, and, most exciting to me, stumbling upon the ideas and skills that give me joy, that come from within me. After decades of dabbling in all things artsy, I am finally finding my artistic voice. It has been so hard, so good, and so extremely fulfilling. 

In this new era, I've been asked several times to do commission work. I've done a little here and there, I've said yes and then had to recant when I started to lose sleep, and most recently, I've just said no to it all. It's not that I didn't want to, honestly, it was just way too stressful. I'm a people-pleaser and I'm a wee bit high-strung, with some severe and random anxiety thrown in. (I try desperately to hide all that, - who wants to hang out with a nervous breakdown? Lol.) Anyway, when art becomes another 'job' in addition to my familial responsibilities, well, I can feel the ulcers forming ranks, and then I have a meltdown. I just couldn't get it to fit into my life with all the other things.

So, that's a big part of why this commission is so exciting to me. I don't really remember when I agreed to it, at some point it just started to sound more fun than stressful. I knew the subject matter, I had good source materials and all of a sudden I was painting for someone else and I never once lost any sleep over it! (It helps that the intended recipient is literally one of the sweetest people on the planet. :) ) All in all, it was a very positive experience and I'm so thankful. It was so fun to paint! 

If you know my work, you know my favorites are when a lovely little scene is tempered by the 'ugly' of life. Telephone poles and wires, highways, cracked sidewalks, garbage cans, - for me they provide literal and emotional 'scale'. A true reflection of life; stress and fulfillment, ugly and beautiful, all jumbled together. :) 

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year!

I'm so looking forward to painting my way through 2017! 

I hope you'll join me along the way. :) 

Happy New Year, everyone!

Friday, December 2, 2016

2017 Wall Calendar

Hey everyone! They're finally here...

​Paintings by Nora Bergman
2017 Wall Calendar

8.5" x 11" (17" x 11" when hanging)
Printed on premium glossy card stock and spiral bound.

The calendars are $20.00 each plus s/h.

Friday, November 18, 2016

268. November Rain

'November Rain'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

A little rainy day scene from last weekend.

It was rain and fog and gray and dim, and then, a perky little barn to brighten things up.
She made me smile.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

267. Dawn's Early Light

'Dawn's Early Light'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

The Columbia River Gorge at the crack of dawn. 
Ahhh. :)

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

266. Pumpkin Patch Pyramid

'Pumpkin Patch Pyramid'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

We had some beautiful weather early last week, and on one of those days I got to accompany the kindergarten to The Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie Island. We all had a great time, long bus ride included. :) 
I've never attempted a corn maze before, and going through with kids (mostly) leading the way, made it extra challenging! I didn't realize at the time that this particular one is in the shape of Charlie Brown and Snoopy, but now I want to go back and see it again. (You can see an overhead photo on their website.) It's really cool!

Of course, the real show stopper for me was this view, as seen from the hayride out to the pumpkin field. I love, love, love that tree, and debated hard about including the whole barn. Maybe another time I'll make it the only star in the show. ;) 

Friday, October 14, 2016

265. Cotton Candy Sky

'Cotton Candy Sky'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

Hi guys! Missed you!

Here's a little skyscape I finished yesterday.
The sun was setting at our backs and the sky in front of us was a happy dance of pinks and yellows and purples and blues. I just love when the whole sky participates in the sunset. It was delightful. 

Friday, September 23, 2016

264. King of the Road

'King of the Road'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

There's a little spot along our highway where retired pieces of construction equipment congregate.
On a sunny day, the yellows and reds and rusts and shadows are just so warm and lovely, and I've been meaning to stop and take photos for years now. 
Late this summer, this little fella appeared at the front of the pack and I was done in. 
I'm so glad he wasn't sold before I got a chance to get pictures! Isn't he sweet? 
Wouldn't it be fun to shine him back up and hit the road? 
Ah, someday. :)

Saturday, September 10, 2016

263. Coneflower Crew

'Coneflower Crew'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

I'm so not ready for Fall, but sights like these make the transition a little easier.
(Spotted outside a Fred Meyer store, thanks Freddies! Lol.)

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

262. Sea Mist in the Forest

'Sea Mist in the Forest'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

Wowzers, I sure keep picking some busy compositions!
This is from a photo I took last week on an afternoon jaunt to Ecola State Park near Cannon Beach, OR. The rest of the area was clear, but this little ridge of rain forest-like trees was all socked in, - it was so cool! The beautiful Pacific Ocean is just through that little wall of mist and fog.

I'll be honest, this was a challenge, one of those that I could keep fiddling with for days and days, so...I'll call it done. :)

Thanks for viewing my work!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

261. Fish Camp Tools

'Fish Camp Tools'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

Alaska again. :)
The fish camp where we stayed had this great little tool shed.
I was a slightly enamored. :)

Thursday, August 11, 2016

260. 'Call of the Lonely Loon'

'Call of the Lonely Loon'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

My husband and I were blessed to spend a few days fishing in Alaska recently, and we had such a great time. The fish camp was right on the Kenai River, and being there reminded me of the fantastic summers as a camp counselor on a lake in northern Minnesota. It's been a long time since I've felt that feeling; tackling things you never thought you could (nine hours in a boat), surrounded by ever-changing and spectacular natural beauty, all while hanging out with great people that are just happy to be there, even if it's pouring down rain. I want to go back! :)

We fished on nearby Skilak Lake, and every day we were visited by several loons. They are the state bird of Minnesota, so I know them well in theory, but have not seen nor heard many in my lifetime. I was really excited to see some in person, and trying to take photos of them helped pass the time when fishing was slow. They also brought to mind 'The Life of a Voyageur', a song we sang at Camp Birchwood. Even though it's technically about the Canadian wilderness, for me it has always captured the wonderful essence of the woods, the water, and a campfire with good friends. 

Here's a sample from youtube if you're curious. :) 
I should've asked my friend Sara from camp to sing it, she'd do a great job and I'm sure she still knows the words. :)

Monday, August 8, 2016

In review...

I never paint as much as I think I will in the summer...but that just means we're having fun at VBS or swimming lessons, or maybe eating our way through the county fair, or, like last week, fishing in Alaska! 

And, it also means I'm adding all sorts of new photo inspiration to my reference files. I'll be so glad to have them next winter when the grays set in, and I can't wait to put some to use this month also! 

I hope you're all enjoying your summer, and thanks for following my work!
Of course, you can always see a bit more of our lives and my works in progess on Instagram. (norabergman)

Paint on!

Saturday, July 9, 2016

259. Peas Sweet Peas

'Peas Sweet Peas'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

It's that time of the year when the roadsides are covered with Sweet Peas. 
I can't get enough of 'em, and wanted to share.
Sweet Peas for everyone! :)

Friday, June 24, 2016

258. 'Spin Off'

'Spin Off'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

Another version of my number one fan. :)

Have a great weekend!

Friday, June 17, 2016

257. By the Lake

'By the Lake'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

Birch trees by a Minnesota lake on a sunny summer day. 
Can you hear the loons? 

Thursday, June 9, 2016

256. I can see clearly now...

'I can see clearly now...'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

Winter in the northwest: gloomy, gray, wet. 
And then: shiny, glowing, brilliant.
The last light of day can be just the best.

Also, some great news!
My painting, 'Yellow Bug Light' was the first place winner in the Daily Paintworks monthly contest for May! I'm so excited! Thanks, DPW!

Monday, June 6, 2016

255. Take the High Road

'Take the High Road'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

I'm not sure if it was the new brush or the little heat wave we're having, but the paint was moving fast and slick today, and I just went with it. It was fun! 

This scene is just down the road from my sister Greta's house on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge. 
High road or low, you just can't go wrong in those parts, - it's all super stunning.

Friday, June 3, 2016

In Review...

Just catching up on my 'in review' collages. :)
Thanks for watching me work!!

Friday, May 27, 2016

254. California Dreamin'

'California Dreamin' '
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

California Poppies - love 'em!
And, it's Friday - yay!

Have a fun and safe weekend!