Wednesday, September 17, 2014

188. This Little Piggy

'This Little Piggy'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

This little copper bank has kept me busy! I've been fiddling with him off and on for three days now. Sigh. They don't always just come flying off the brush. Ok, they almost never do. But, I am glad I stuck with him instead of wiping off in frustration.

We got this little fella from our favorite local vintage vendor, and my three-year-old promptly claimed ownership. It makes me smile when I see him being carted around the house. :)  

Thursday, September 11, 2014

187. Troll Pad

'Troll Pad'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

This sweet little cottage is tucked under the high and curving ramp of the Astoria-Megler bridge in Astoria, Oregon. 
Of course it's all about the light for me, - the setting sun, the long shadows, -- I cannot resist.

I completely enjoyed making this one - it makes me smile and chuckle and wonder a bit if you'll all think I've lost it. ;) Ah, well, I suppose you know by now that sometimes I really need a little 'ugly' in my 'pretty' -- a power line in my sunset, you might say. ;)

Thanks for viewing!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

186. August

6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

Hey gang!
I missed you! 
And...what happened to August? :)

Honestly, I can barely recall the first part, because we spent the last part of the month making a road trip to Minnesota for my grandfather's funeral. :(
He was ninety-five and will be greatly missed, most especially by his bride of seventy-one years, my sweet grandma. 

My unexpected family reunion was exceedingly bittersweet, and it's taking me some time to get back in the swing of regular life. So much life needing to be attended to, -- it can be ultra-challenging to find time to paint.
But, I have missed it terribly, and I'm so happy I finally have something to show you! My two older boys are back in school and the youngest is thoroughly enjoying having the place to himself, and I will hopefully have more time in my painting corner. :)

This scene is from somewhere in Montana. Oh, Montana, you with your big sky and never-ending round bales. You are so lovely in August.

Thanks for viewing my work!

Friday, August 8, 2014

185. Morning Round Bales

'Morning Round Bales'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

A little Minnesota morning scene for today.
I photographed this round-bale-goodness several years ago, way back when the only way I ever saw a sunrise was by staying up all night. :)
It was fun being young. :)


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

184. Winter Waves

'Winter Waves'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

I've had a hankering to go to the beach (coast, whatever you want to call it) lately, and it's no wonder - we haven't been since my parents visited last August! Can this be true?? Considering we live about an hour from some of the most beautiful coastline in the country, that's crazy. 
Must go to the beach!

This happy little waves-at-sunset scene is from a few winters ago. It was taken at Fort Stevens State Park in Warrenton, Oregon, very near the wreck of the Peter Iredale. 


Monday, August 4, 2014

July in Review...

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Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

183. Yamhill Hills

'Yamhill Hills'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

Yamhill County, Oregon, is one of my favorite places - especially in the summer. I love her rolling hills, her pretty barns and all her farmy smells. :)


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

182. The Elusive Red Squirrel

'The Elusive Red Squirrel'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

I love this old-timey metal merry-go-round at the Yellow Park in our town. 
(Not the official name, just what my boys call it.)

Ok, well, I love how it looks - I made the mistake of getting on - once.

Surprisingly, my boys seem to still like it.
 They'll get aboard occasionally, when the coast is clear. 
I know each of them has had their turn being thrown off by the centrifugal force generated by older, 'helpful' kids. :) 


Monday, July 28, 2014

181. Wing It

'Wing It'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

I know I've mentioned it before, but don't barns just have the best faces? Ever since I was little, I've found them to be so expressive. 
This one in Yamhill County (Oregon) is no exception. 
He's all, 'Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. I know I don't look like much, but these wings are ready to fly...'
Or something like that.

Hard to see just a barn there now, isn't it? 
Sorry - they always do that to me!  


Thursday, July 24, 2014

180. Show Off

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

If you look closely, you can see the one on the right rolling her eyes. ;)

I've been away from the paints too long! After three wipers (including a different version of this one), I finally have a complete painting. :) 

Well, it is summer, and painting breaks just mean we are out enjoying ourselves. I hope you are too! 

Thanks for looking!


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." 
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. :)


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'.


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. 
Today, I decided to whip up a nice little version instead. :)
(Don't worry, large version, I haven't given up on you yet.)


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. :)


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.


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. :)


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. :)


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. :)


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!


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. ;)





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.


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. :)


(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. :)


Thursday, May 1, 2014


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.)


(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!


(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.


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. :)


Monday, April 7, 2014

March in review...

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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?" 


Monday, March 31, 2014

161. April Flower

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

The camellias are blooming. :)
Happy April!