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!

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. :)

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

159. Kitchen Sink

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

The story of my life. :)

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. 

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!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

156. 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.

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!)  

Thursday, March 6, 2014

154. Scissors

6" x 6"
oil on gessobord

My fabric scissors.
They're kinda lonely.

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. :)


February in review...

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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.


Thursday, February 20, 2014

151. Waiting Room

'Waiting Room'
6" x 6"
oil on gessobord

Okay, I am so happy with this. 
I rarely paint people - what I mean is, I sometimes attempt to paint people, but I rarely complete those paintings 'cause  -- well, people are hard! 
(For me.)
This little guy is my middle son, and although I wasn't too concerned about making it look like him, I think it does! 
Even though it's just from the back. :) 
Ugh, faces. SO hard. Someday, someday.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

150. Road Trippers

'Road Trippers'
6" x 6"
oil on gessobord

Summer, I still miss you. 

This particular summer scene was captured a couple of Augusts ago in western Montana. On our way home from Minnesota, we took a little detour to drive through Glacier Nat'l Park, and this is on the lovely drive up from Great Falls to Glacier. Stunning, of course.

So, I took this shot from one of my absolute favorite spots in the world, - seriously, if I could see the whole world from the shotgun position of our Impala, I would. lol. ;)


Monday, February 17, 2014

149. Going Ninja

'Going Ninja'
6" x 6"
oil on gessobord

I happen to be a proud parent of the world's three loudest ninjas. 
A proper demonstration of their technique is best seen in our local grocery store. They leap out from behind produce stands, they karate chop the produce scales, they disappear down unknown aisles in a flash, - I mean, serious ninja stuff. And, all the while, providing abundant sound effects for each ninja move. Oh, the sounds effects. At least I can always hear them, even if I can't see them. :)

The two ninjas seen here are the strong, silent type, - although, the one on the left seems to be having a bit of an identity crisis. His hands don't match, and, my eight-year-old informed me that the body actually belongs to 'the emperor's soldier that fights pirates'. He really should just be thankful he has all his parts - most of the Lego dudes around here are just not that lucky. 


Saturday, February 15, 2014

148. Ina's High Scores

'Ina's High Scores'
6" x 6"
oil on gessobord

I bought these little treasures at a yard sale up my street and I think they're so cool. I mean, miniature anything is cool, right? The box had about twenty-five of these four-inch pins, and all but one used to belong to a woman named Ina.

I have no idea who 'Ina' is, but these little pins commemorate her annual high scores for more than two decades. She bowled with the 'Classy Lassies' and 'Hits & Misses' in the late sixties, and from the seventies until the early nineties, she bowled in the 'Wednesday Mourners Bowling League'. (I know, sad, right?) 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

147. Ferris Wheel

'Ferris Wheel'
6" x 6"
oil on gessobord

Dusk settles in over the ferris wheel at our local county fair.
I miss summer. :)


Sunday, February 9, 2014

146. Sunday Best

'Sunday Best'
 6" x 6"
oil on gessobord

We are snowed in and lovin' it. 
Well, ok, when you live in the middle of a town, that's sort of impossible, but, my little family has been all together for three days now, and it's been really, really sweet. Mostly. ;) We walked to the store yesterday, mainly because I had a cabin-fever urge to do a puzzle and we don't own one with more than twenty-five pieces. It's been years, - decades, I'm sure, since I've wanted to do such a thing. It was just as satisfying as I'd hoped. :)

In between all the family bonding, I got to sneak in a little painting. 
I attempted this scene several times last fall and just couldn't let it beat me.  This time, - much better. :) 


Oh, also, - great news - my painting, 'Retired' , was a judges pick in the Daily Paintworks monthly contest for January!

You can see all the January winners and entries here.
As a judges pick, I have free membership for the month of February, and all the paintings I post will be showed near the top of the page with the other featured artists. If you haven't entered their monthly contests yet, go for it! There are cash prizes for the top three, and, you don't have to be a Daily Paintworks member to enter.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

145. 10th St. Garage

'10th St. Garage'
6" x 6"
oil on gessobord

I'm really satisfied.
This isn't perfect or anything, but it was just fun, from start to finish.
So many of my recent attempts have turned into overworked failures, and while I think it's probably necessary (and ultimately helpful? maybe?) to go through seasons like that, it is so not a good time! 
Makes a girl think about throwing in the towel. A lot! :)

Anyway, a day like today was much needed and much appreciated. :)

I really love this sunny little scene from Long Beach, Washington. I'm not feeling particularly nostalgic or anything, it's just the architecture and the lines of these things - an old gas station just makes me swoon. Lol!


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Dec-Jan in review...

See what I did there? 
Yup, put two sad little months together - they're happier that way. ;) 

Yeah, not a lot going on in my painting corner recently, but I'm SO ready for that to change. I've got a bad case of the winter blahs and it's time to snap out of it. Let's do this, February! :)

Oh, and go 'Hawks! My eight-year-old super-fan broke his arm the night before the super bowl so we were extra happy when the Seahawks won - there's no questioning the colors he'll choose when he gets his cast later this week. :) 

Friday, January 24, 2014

144. Mellow Yellow

'Mellow Yellow'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

I must have missed it hundreds of times before, but this time, that lovely yellow barn got my attention. Central Minnesota, moody sky, dead quiet of winter; -- still so much pretty to be found.  

Friday, January 17, 2014

143. Trolley Crossing at Pier Eleven

'Trolley Crossing at Pier Eleven'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

A sunny day by Pier Eleven in Astoria, Oregon. 
Some days a girl just wants to paint some big blocks of saturated color. :)

P.S. It's sunny here, --- right now! Yay.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

142. Anticipation

6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

These pretty measuring cups are a Christmas gift from one of my sisters. I think she knows as well as I do that they will most likely never hold a food product. Ha! 

Yes, I had to prop them up into this precarious position, but rather than focusing on the likely fall, I see them as ready to charge ahead,..or...rearing back for a great big...sneeze? 

In other news, I am feeling much better, thank you. :)

Oh, and by the way, I have a handful of calendars left and they are now on the clearance rack - only $10! Click here to purchase.

Monday, January 13, 2014

141. Stacked

6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

Gleaning inspiration from the things around me, I stacked a few books the other day. 'Goodnight Moon', 'The Tower Treasure' (Hardy Boys), 'The Complete Adventures of Curious George', and Richard Scarry's 'Best Picture Dictionary Ever'. 

I love how certain images from books trigger memories from childhood - much like how smells bring one back. Curious George flooding the house while trying to clean up his ink mess always reminds me of my grandparents' house, and the watermelon-filled trucks and pickle-shaped cars of Richard Scarry bring me right back to the library from my elementary school. 


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

140. Retired

6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

Hey all! It's a New Year, and I'm finally ready for it!
Our 2013 ended in such a sweet, quiet, way and it was just what I needed after a year with some major stresses. Thank you, Lord. :)

Even though I have sworn off winter road trips in the past (more than once!) - we packed up the car and headed across country to see my parents and other family and friends in Minnesota. The drive went very smoothly both ways, and catching up with family and friends was really, really great. It was just so cozy and mellow inside, and frigid and beautiful outside. :)

Of course, while we were there, I took the opportunity to capture as many reference photos as possible. Here's one of my favorites; the Farmall H, a lovely old tractor which put in many years on the family farm. I can't get enough of those lines - the seat-spring, the steering wheel, that light; - love it. You may see this one again. :)


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

139. Star of Night

'Star of Night'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

This paper star ornament/decoration is called a 'Finnish Star' all over the internet, but I've no idea where its true origins lie. Wherever it comes from, it's a fun little craft to make, and to paint. :)
(This painting will be ready to ship after Jan. 1, 2014.)

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

138. Warm Frosting

'Warm Frosting'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

Whew! I was starting to think I wouldn't get any more painting in this year... but, I finally made a little time. Merry Christmas to me. :)
And, no more stressing about it - after a little self-lecture, I've given myself a break. It's time to savor the season and I can't wait. :)

This little scene is from a few weeks back. A stretch of record-setting cold turned our evergreen landscape to frosty white for days and days. The hard, crunchy ground and frosted-over cars seemed weird and perfectly normal all at the same time. 

This is early morning, the rising sun lighting up the frosty dikelands of the Columbia River.  


Oh, and there's still time to get a calendar before Christmas...just go to the tab at the top of the page.

Thanks for viewing my work!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Judges pick and a giveaway...

'Fog Line' was a judges pick in the Daily Paintworks monthly contest for November. Thanks, DPW! 

Oh, and I brought an armful of calendars to the post office today - Yay! 
Thanks, all!

Speaking of calendars, I'd love to give some away! I'll choose randomly from the fans of my Facebook page and post the winners Wednesday evening.
Head over there and 'like' my page if you haven't already.   :)

Thanks for stopping by and happy Monday!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Sale in my etsy store...

I added some paintings to my etsy shop - some at greatly reduced prices! Check it out! It's that time of the year when I'm overwhelmed by 'stuff' - gotta clear some things out of here! ;) 


Thursday, December 5, 2013

2014 Calendar

I made a calendar!

Paintings by Nora Bergman
2014 Wall Calendar
8.5" x 11" (17" x 11" when hanging)
Printed on premium glossy card stock and spiral bound.

Sorry, I'm all sold out!
Watch for my 2015 calendar later this year. :)


Artwork by month

Images are approximately 6.75" x 6.75" 
- slightly larger than the original paintings.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

137. Paper Cut

'Paper Cut'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

My sister Rita makes much better paper snowflakes than this, but she's not here, so my lame attempt will have to do. (Oh, and also, painting one of hers would take much longer. :) )
I don't recall painting paper before - I really liked it!
I'll for sure be doing it again.


Monday, December 2, 2013

November in Review...

As always, to see the availability of any of these works, just visit my Daily Paintworks gallery or click the link on the sidebar.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

136. Ball and Twine

'Ball and Twine'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

Ok, it's officially the most wonderful time of the year. :)

A glass ornament with red and white twine chillin' in front of an antique mirror. I like that the wrinkled white dish towel looks a bit like snow. :)

Monday, November 25, 2013

135. Sweet Salute

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

Too early? :)
Can't help myself, it's (nearly) my favorite time of the year.
This was one literally just makes me smile.


Friday, November 22, 2013

134. Lola's

6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

A stripey little scene from Astoria, Oregon. 
So much pattern and repetition - the design principles that most often jump out at me. From the shadowy sidewalk to the storefronts and especially in that awning. Love that awning.


Thursday, November 21, 2013

133. Fog Line

'Fog Line'
6" x 6"
 oil on gessoboard

Even after living in this part of the country for fifteen years, I'm still amazed at how green it is all the year 'round. 
'Course, it's also wet and mossy and damp and moldy and soggy. 
And beautiful. :)


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

132. Water House

'Water House'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

My two-year-old likes to hang out with me while I paint, and I often ask if he can tell what I'm painting. He gives some great constructive criticism. ;) 
Anyway, I don't recall ever talking about water towers with him, but apparently someone has, because his response today was, "Um, a water house?" Love that little rascal. :)

I snapped this evening scene last summer on the Columbia River dikelands, and even though I've pondered it countless times since then, I was just too chicken to attempt painting it. Well, today was the day, and I'm so glad I waited. Something clicked that hasn't been lately, and it was pure fun.
Thanks for viewing my work. 

Monday, November 18, 2013

131. Plastic Chair

'Plastic Chair'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

It's just a faded orange lawn chair doing a little basking. 
I'm jealous. :)

Friday, November 15, 2013

130. Floating

6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

A little stack of glass fishing floats.
Old and shiny and ornament-like... hmm, I might need to get a few more...


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

129. Morning Watch

'Morning Watch'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

This feels very different for me (thus making me more nervous than normal about posting), but the in-house critic approves, so here it is. :)

You know I love me some saturated color, but I've lately been on the hunt for a way to capture the amazing morning fog that we experience in the fall and winter months. (Who am I kidding, it can be foggy year-round in these parts.) Anyway, the fog and sun combo this morning was great, so after dropping the oldest off at school, the younger two and I took a little photo-seeking tour of the neighborhood. I almost always head to the dikelands of the Columbia River, partly because it's the only flat land around here and it reminds me of home, and mostly because the way the sun spreads across the marshes and canals with the ridges and foothills rising in the distance; well, it can be pretty stunning. 

So, pretty as all that was, the highlight of our little jaunt was easily the sight of these beautiful bald eagles. Two! I've seen lone bald eagles several times in my life, but I don't ever recall seeing two at once! It was cool. 
My boys thought so too. :) 

Here's my inspiration photo: 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

128. Pile of Tin

'Pile of Tin'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

Ok, this totally brings me back to the campfire circle at Camp Birchwood. 
Sing along if you know it...

'She's an old pile of tin, nobody knows what shape she's in, Got four wheels and a runnin' board, She's a Ford, Oh she's a Ford. 
Honk honk rattle rattle rattle crash beep beep...."

I spotted this lovely old Ford panel truck in Astoria, Oregon. 
So faded and rusty and sweet and fun to paint.
(And you're welcome for the earworm.)