Thursday, November 8, 2018

304. Roadside Attraction

'Roadside Attraction'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

Man, do I love these old elevators. 
This one is in southeastern Washington state, near the town of Pomeroy. 
This past summer, we drove through the area for the first time and it is so beautiful!
The rolling green hills and deep blue skies were so perfect, they looked fake! 
(Like we were driving through that old Windows home screen, lol.)

I attempted to make my sky and hills a little more 'interesting' than 'perfect', and I'm very happy with how this came out. My favorite elevator painting so far. Enjoy! 

Monday, November 5, 2018

303. Here Comes the Sun

'Here Comes the Sun'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

It was just a few weeks ago. I'm sure it was a normal morning, - me randomly yelling mom stuff; - 'Are you up?', 'Do you need a lunch?', 'Do you have your homework', 'Let's go!' 
Finally, the questions are sufficiently answered and we all slam into the car and head towards school. 
The car rolls gently down the hill, we make the first turn, and there it is...
The sun, the fog, the power lines, the church. 
All my sweet spots in one lovely, 'Good Morning'. Ahhh.

Every once in a while, they turn out exactly how you remember them.
I'm so happy with this one.
Enjoy. :)

Monday, October 29, 2018

302. Big Sky, Big Rain

'Big Sky, Big Rain'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

Summer storm clouds in Montana.
This one was a doozy.
I always think, 'oh, I'll just paint some clouds today, easy-peasy.'
Sigh. I should know better by now. 
I really love some parts of it, and I'm hoping the rest will grow on me. 
Also, these blues and purples are fun to paint, but difficult to capture on my camera.
I think it looks much better in person. :)

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

301. Paint the Town Red

'Paint the Town Red'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

Whew, finally finished one!
This is a scene from a sunny fall day in Astoria, Oregon.
Who can resist red leaves?

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

300. Fields of Gold

'Fields of Gold'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

Six years ago, I started making these little paintings in oil. 
Today, I completed painting number 300!! 
It's a scene from the farmland of central Oregon, all aglow on a warm summer afternoon.

I have lots of favorites from over the years, and, there have definitely been some doozies, lol. 
I have them all saved in order here on my blog, so take a gander if you have some time to spare. 
Here's painting number one:

I'm okay with that one, lol.

Thanks so much for following along with me on my painting journey; I literally couldn't do this without you. Love you bunches. :)

Monday, September 24, 2018

299. Tea Time

'Tea Time'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

I just wanted to paint my vintage tablecloth again, and my navy blue tea kettle is the prettiest thing in my kitchen. 
They make a cute couple.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

298. Gauteraux and Co.

'Gauteraux and Co.'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

Wallace, Idaho, is a beautiful little town tucked in the mountains of northern Idaho.
We've passed through via I-90 dozens of times, but I don't recall ever stopping there before this summer. It's a gorgeous place, and I've wanted to explore since learning that the movie Dante's Peak was filmed there. (Yup, I'm old.)

My family and I spent a couple hours wandering the streets and shops of Wallace, and this was our last view as we headed back to our vehicle. I just love how the sun is glowing on the hills behind that  wonderful bootmakers sign. So lovely. 

Friday, August 24, 2018

297. Pink Ladies

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

As much as I love the golden hues of late summer, this week, the pinks of spring were calling my name. A breath of fresh air.
I'm so glad there are seasons. 

(Don't go too quickly, Summer. You're my number one.)

Thursday, August 2, 2018

296. Ready to Roll

'Ready to Roll'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

There's one in every crowd, right? ;)
You know I can't resist some big round bales. :)
These ones were spotted amongst the gently rolling hills of eastern Montana.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

295. Shady Lady

'Shady Lady'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

Another sweet scene from our recent road trip...
This lovely old Chevy was seen cruising the tree-lined streets of Lewiston, Idaho on a sunny Saturday afternoon. Lewiston is just across the Snake River from her sister city, Clarkston, Washington. :)


Thursday, July 19, 2018

294. Horsepower

6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

I love this one.
A scene from Minnesota.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

293. Broadwater Grain & Supply

'Broadwater Grain & Supply'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that we recently returned from our annual road trip to Minnesota. We had a great trip, and now we're happy to be home and back to our regular summer activities.

There aren't a lot of different routes to get from Oregon to Minnesota, but it sure is fun to try make new ones. We squeezed in a little variety both ways this year, and I now have a handful of new elevator pics to turn into art. I just love them. 'Broadwater Grain & Supply' is one of two that I snapped in Townsend, Montana. I find elevators to be deceivingly difficult to paint, but I'm very pleased with where this one ended up. Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

292. Bridge of the Gods

'Bridge of the Gods'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

My sister Greta and I live a couple hours apart,  but we're both just a few miles from the mighty Columbia River. When we travel to Greta's house, the quickest route takes us over the river three times. All of the crossings are beautiful, but my favorite is the last one, the Bridge of the Gods in Cascade Locks, Oregon. The gorge and river views are always stunning, but on our last visit, the setting sun stole the show. Lovely.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

291. Asleep in the Sun

'Asleep in the Sun'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

A scene from the lovely 'old gym' at my boys' school. 
Many coats of paint on wood-paneled walls, decades worth of lacquer on hardwood floors, - it's one of my favorite rooms in the school. On sunny days, the whole gym glows with warm light from the high, gridded windows. This chair takes advantage of prime real estate, sunbathing in leisure.
It reminds me of mid-winter afternoons as a kid, - sprawling on sun-warmed rectangles of living room carpet.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

290. Radishing

6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

Hey gang, how are ya? I've missed you! 
Life has been so very busy, - I started a little part-time work at my boys' school, and also...
...Little League. 
If you follow me on Instagram, you know that all three of my sons played baseball this year, and between them we had 52 games of baseball! (Minus a few rain cancellations.) Whew! 
It really is a blast watching them play, but now, the season is over, school is out, and I finally finished a painting! Yay!

Our town has the sweetest little Farmer's Market on Saturdays, and I got this lovely bunch of radishes there on opening day. They were fun to paint, and I'm hoping to add some other 'found at the Farmer's Market' treasures to my work this summer. I can't wait!
Thanks for watching me work!

Friday, April 20, 2018

289. Dawn's Early Bright

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

My husband leaves for work long before the rest of us are awake, so he witnesses dawn breaking every day. He'll often text me photos of the morning light, and this is from one of my favorites. 
Lovely long hay bale shadows in Oregon farm country. Ahhh.
Summer, come quickly! 

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

288. Rainbow Makers

'Rainbow Makers'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

Because painting colorful markers and crayons and pencils is just really fun! 
And so are rainbows. :)

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

287. Earned Her Stripes

'Earned Her Stripes'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

The lovely old Bryant House used to exist on the main street of our little town. 
I admired her every morning when I brought my boys to school; and even more so on a sunny day. 
The stripy shadows of the back stairs made me smile, and I finally got around to capturing them in paint. 
Enjoy. :) 

Monday, March 12, 2018

Anything Can Be

"Anything Can Be"
16" x 16"
oil on gessoboard

It's Spring Auction time at my boys' grade school!
Our wonderful teachers and staff work tirelessly for months, gathering donations and creating beautiful classroom projects to be auctioned off. It's such a great community event and I'm always so happy to be a part of it. This year, the funds raised will go toward the creation of a dedicated art/science lab in the school, so I couldn't help but get a little extra 'artsy' in my contribution. :)

A special thank you to my fourth grade teacher; the first in a long list of teachers that fueled my own love of art. (And introduced me to Shel Silverstein. :) )

Listen to the MUSTN'TS, child,
Listen to the DON'TS
Listen to the SHOULDN'TS
Listen to the NEVER HAVES
Then listen close to me --
Anything can happen, child,
ANYTHING can be. 
                                           -Shel Silverstein

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

286. Bus Parking

'Bus Parking'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

A couple of Novembers ago, I was a chaperone for my middle son's class trip to see a play in Portland. The theater is adjacent to the South Park blocks; twelve continuous blocks that form a linear park in the heart of the city's cultural district. Each block overflows with nature and public art. Our group parked near the north end and had a little 'bench picnic' with Abraham Lincoln. :) While we ate, I snapped a few photos of our buses. I'm not sure why I have this thing for school buses, - in this instance, I just really liked how they popped against the leafless trees and the gray sky.

Sometimes paintings flow easily; most times they hit a bump or two. This one was almost all bumps, lol. I nearly gave up about three-quarters through, but after sleeping on it (not literally), I tried again with fresh eyes and finally got it to a happy place. Enjoy. :)

Saturday, January 20, 2018

285. Walk with Me

'Walk with Me'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

Winter is doing its normal thing here; just plenty of rainin', and maybe some blowin', and most days heavy with a comforting blanket of gray. We've seen the sun often enough to stay afloat, boosted by those miraculous rays. I'm still into these dark and cozy January evenings, but it sure is pleasant to think back, to dream ahead; looking forward to the golden warm evenings of summer. 

I captured this summer eve a few years ago while wandering around the flat, farmy dikelands of the Columbia River in Oregon. I'm very happy with how it came out. 

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. :)

Friday, March 17, 2017

Bloom Art Show

'The Tree at Bryant House'
12" x 12"
oil on gessoboard

12" x 12"
oil on gessoboard

Both paintings made for 'Bloom', an art show in Clatskanie, Oregon, in March 2017.
Both sold.

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!