Wednesday, July 15, 2015

229. Hog Wild


'Hog Wild'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

Ok, the song 'Born to be Wild' was in my head all afternoon as I painted this scene. 
Mr. Piggy Bank is gazing out my front window, - I think he's totally looking for adventure and whatever comes his way. ;) 



Monday, July 13, 2015

228. Reflecting


'Reflecting'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

This is another little scene from our recent anniversary jaunt.
After driving aimlessly (blissfully!) through the farmland around La Conner, WA, we bopped over to Anacortes and got out to stretch our legs by one of the many docks. 
Boats, and boats and then more boats - a beautiful spot to wander. 


Tuesday, July 7, 2015

227. Take Me Home


'Take Me Home'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

Early evening, Minnesota summer. :)


Thursday, July 2, 2015

226. Gallantly Streaming


'Gallantly Streaming'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

It's July! Time to paint a flag! ;)
Yippee!

I nearly gave up on this one, - I'm wearing some trial contact lenses that my eyes have not adjusted to, and, it's like 114° in my painting corner. Ok, probably only 80-something, but it is HOT. 
We're having an unusually warm summer here in the pnw, and even though I whine with the best of them, I actually kinda love it. 
(Except for the extreme fire danger and drought and all that, of course.) 
Summer is supposed to be hot! :)


So, here's my flag painting - I had a grand ol' time, even with all the extra challenges. ;)

(This flag adorns the retired Coast Guard lightship 'Columbia', now residing at the Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria, Oregon.)

I hope you all have a happy and safe Independence Day! 


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

May and June in review...


Thanks for watching my work - I hope you're having a great summer! ;)



Saturday, June 27, 2015

225. Corner Store


'Corner Store'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

To celebrate our 11th anniversary, my husband and I spent last weekend exploring in Washington state. We stayed on Whidbey Island and had a great time hiking at Deception Pass State Park (stunning), and wandering aimlessly through the little town of La Conner (charming) and the surrounding farmland. Oh, and we ate a lot of really, really yummy food. :)

This little scene is from La Conner - it was warm and breezy and just a perfect June day.


Thursday, June 18, 2015

224. Tunnel Vision


'Tunnel Vision'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

Summer! 
This scene from the Columbia River Gorge just screams summer to me. 
All the golds and the deep blue sky and the warm light on the road -- ah, summer. :)
I hope you are enjoying yours. :)




Thursday, June 4, 2015

223. Sunbathing


'Sunbathing'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

Another little scene from Indian Beach on the Oregon Coast. 
After completing this one, I asked my boys if it looked like rocks. 
The seven-year-old says, 'Well, kinda."

Guess that's gonna have to be good enough for today. ;)
Thanks for hanging out with me.


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

222. Under the Sun


'Under the Sun'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

I always love going to my sister's house in the Columbia River Gorge. 
Mostly, of course, to spend time with her and her family, but a close second is the chance to see the incredible beauty along the way. Traveling from west to east, the landscape starts to show some skin as we go from waterfall-laden mountains to the golden hills and orchards of central Oregon and Washington. In the winter months (ok, potentially year-round), it's very typical to drive from overcast, wet weather in the west, to blue skies and sunshine an hour or two to the east. 
That's reason number three. :)

This little blue-skies-and-sunshine scene is from the small gorge town of Bingen, Washington, just across the Columbia River from Hood River, Oregon.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

221. Heavy Sleeper


"Heavy Sleeper'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

To my husband, this machine is 'the nine-eighty'.
To me, it was the highlight of a dawn's-early-light photo excursion.

On that early morning, I had seen the sun rise and the mountains glowing and the rivers sparkling, and vista after beautiful vista. And then...then, heading back home, I rounded the bend and saw this; this sleepy old fella catching the first rays of the day. Swoon. :)

Is there something wrong with me? ;) 


Saturday, May 9, 2015

220. Friday Night Lights


'Friday Night Lights'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

Our church is perched on a hill overlooking the flat and farmy Columbia River dikelands.
I always like this view, but last Friday night it was especially lovely. :)

Happy Mother's Day!



Thursday, May 7, 2015

219. Splish Splash


'Splish Splash'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

I have some fun wave photos from Indian Beach and I've been wanting to attempt this zoomed-in shot for a while. I'm happy with the result, especially since I nearly wiped it a dozen times. 
Sometimes, they just don't jive until the very end.

Thanks for viewing!


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

218. Out of the Blue


'Out of the Blue'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

A paddle-boarder packing it in after a day on the water.
This is Indian Beach, on the beautiful Oregon Coast.



Thursday, April 30, 2015

217. Pink Ladybug


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

Can't beat spring, can ya?

Thanks for viewing!




Wednesday, April 22, 2015

216. Day is Done


'Day is Done'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

My favorite time of day. :)



Friday, April 17, 2015

215. Light Meters


'Light Meters'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

Oh, dappled sun on blue and white building, you slay me. 
And, then! Then... three meters, all in a row! 
Just the sort of ugly/pretty combo that I cannot resist.
I love everything about this one!

Thanks for viewing - happy weekend!



Wednesday, April 15, 2015

214. Little League


'Little League'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

Hey gang!
I'm trying hard to ignore the too-big number of days since I last posted a painting...ugh.
I have a zillion excuses, but let's pick something fun...I blame Little League. Ha!
Two of my three boys are learning the game of baseball, and even though our very busy calendar is testing my preferred 'homebody-make-no-plans' way of life, I really do enjoy watching them - especially the littlest ones - too stinkin' cute.

Today's painting is a sampling of some other cute little things I collect.
I have always had an affinity for these pin-on buttons - I mean, hello, 1989! 
(My sister Rita had a great collection on her stone-washed jean jacket.)
A few years back I found an old tackle box at a yard sale with a bunch of these oldies in it. Score!
I've blown them up almost three times their size here; that awesome little flag is only a half inch tall in real life.

Thanks for viewing - I missed ya guys!


Thursday, March 12, 2015

213. Indian Beach Rocks


'Indian Beach Rocks'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

*Just a little note - the blue reflections/highlights on the rocks are incredibly difficult to photograph well - in reality, they do not 'glow' nearly as much as it appears here.

Way back in '03 or '04, my guy and I went to Indian Beach, a gem among gems on the Oregon Coast. It was overcast and damp, and I was completely enthralled with the rock-covered shore. We had a great time, even taking some selfies (eons before the word existed) with my very first digital camera - 2.0 megapixels! Lol. Here's one of them --  I can't believe I'm posting it -- but anyway, you can see all those lovely rocks behind us. :) 



A couple of years later, we were newlyweds and I was pregnant-sick, so I dug out one of  my Indian Beach rock pictures and used it to help pass the days/weeks until our first son was born. Here's the result --  a little bigger than my work now. :)


'Beach Rocks' 
24" x 24"
acrylic on canvas


Like a lot of things in my life, over the years I had completely forgotten about Indian Beach. Our good friends reminded us last summer, and we finally made our way back a couple of weeks ago. It was fabulous - I have a feeling we'll be back often. 
I mean, three young boys and never-ending rocks? Perfection. :)

Today's painting is from my new Indian Beach rock pics.  


Thursday, March 5, 2015

Morning Welcome


'Morning Welcome'
16" x 20"
oil on gessoboard

Early morning in my town, fog and sun arriving together.

This painting is my contribution to the Spring Auction at my boys' elementary school.
The staff and volunteers do a fabulous job in the classroom and the community, - we're so thankful for them all!



Wednesday, March 4, 2015

January - February in review...


I rarely know what I'm going to paint 'next', so it's fun (and helpful) for me to look back and see my patterns and themes over different seasons. I'm kind of loving this little group. :) 

I'm currently working on a much larger piece (for me) - my contribution to my sons' school auction. Hopefully, I'll have something to show you very soon!

Thanks for watching my work! You guys are the best!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

212. Sunday Fog

'Sunday Fog' 
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

I got up early last Sunday to go watch the sunrise above our town.
It was a very clear day above the fog, and the views were fabulous. As pretty as it was, I couldn't wait to get back down the hill and see how the fog and sun were hanging out together - I just can't get enough of those two. :)

Click here to bid.



Here are a couple of pics from the top of the hill:

Mt. Rainier on the horizon to the right; my little town is nestled under the fog closest to me on the left.



Very faint on the horizon; Mt. Rainer on the left, then Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Adams all the way on the right.



Saturday, February 14, 2015

211. The Back Way


'The Back Way'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

Unlike a lot of the country, we've been enjoying really terrific weather.
It's got me totally jones-ing for summer.
(Although, those of you in the throes of winter are probably jones-ing way more than me.)

Anyway, here's a little summer for you all - from one of my favorites places in this amazing state - Yamhill County, Oregon. This is the first painting in a long while that was a good 'ole time from start to finish. 
That makes it my new favorite. :) 


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

210. Fruity


'Fruity"
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

Central Washington and Oregon: high, barren hills; green, fertile valleys. 
And fruit. Lots and lots of fruit. :)

Last August, we stopped at this fruit stand in Washington on our three-day drive back from Minnesota. My boys enjoyed their free apple, and then we filled every spare inch of the car with glorious, juicy peaches. So, you know, like, eight peaches. On my lap, the rest of the way home. :)


Thursday, February 5, 2015

209. Morning on Poplar Street



'Morning on Poplar Street'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

There was fog, there was sun, the leaves were turning, -- it was a lovely morning on Poplar Street.
 (Also known as, 'the street above the pool'. Google told me the official name. ;)


This is another scene from my 'yellow sky morning' of last fall -the light was so crazy cool! 
I have several photos of that day that I love, and a few that I've attempted to paint, - but, yellow sky morning is not easy to recreate! I shall keep trying. :)


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

208. Toasty


'Toasty'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

Hi, gang!
I finally have something to show you!
Not for lack of trying, but let's not dwell on that. :)

Vintage toaster, vintage tablecloth. 
Just chillin'.

Thanks for sticking with me!


Monday, January 12, 2015

207. Going Green


'Going Green'
6" x 6"
oil on gessboard

Apparently, I've entered a green phase. 
I worked a little faster and looser than I normally do, which was fun, and my youngest (almost 4) helped me at the end, "It's done, Mom. You can put the sign in the corner. The sign with the 'B' and the 'N' ". 

Got it. Goodnight. :)


Saturday, January 10, 2015

206. Under the Cottonwoods


'Under the Cottonwoods'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

I am not a native of this cute little town, but my husband has lived here his entire life. That means, often he'll come find me after a day's work and exclaim, "Oh, you're painting so and so's house." Or, "Oh, that's so and so's work truck." Today, I was a little floored when the remark was, "Oh, you're painting dad's old service station." 

Uh, what? 
I had no idea. Well, I knew my father-in-law used to operate a service station, but, I never made the connection between that knowledge and this lovely white building that catches my eye every time I leave town. I mean, now that I think really hard, I maybe vaguely remember hearing that once upon a time, - it sounds sort of familiar... 
  Clearly, on this sunny day last summer, I was really only thinking about yellow truck...white walls...blue shadows... :)



Thursday, January 8, 2015

205. Green Light


'Green Light'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

Hey!
After enjoying a little break from painting, it always seems to take a few (several?) days of frustration, wiping off, trying, trying again before things seem to jive. 
Those days can be long and rough. (And chocolate-filled.)

Eventually, though, the grrrs turn to grins, I don't hate everything I've ever painted, and, I start to remember what I love about this job. Today was a good day. Whew! 
(Sorry, tend toward the dramatic at times like these.)

Anyway, I found a sunny little scene from my neighborhood to finally get me out of the funk.
With a flag! You know I cannot resist. :)

Ok, here we go, 2015! Paint on!


Monday, January 5, 2015

Nov/Dec in review...

Happy New Year!

I took vacationing very seriously for the last two weeks, so we're just easing slooowly into this lovely new year. :)
Here are the paintings I did in November and December, and below that, a shot of the highlight of my year so far. (Ok, it's gonna be tough to top that - good luck, rest of 2015.)



I had the pleasure of meeting artist Carol Marine (and her delightful husband, David), and it was so great! I really appreciated the chance to chat about daily painting and random arty stuff, especially with someone so talented and experienced. An invigorating way to start the new year. :)



Wednesday, December 24, 2014

204. Evening Blues


'Evening Blues'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

Hi, all!
A snowy little scene from me to you.  
Happy Christmas, everyone!


P.S. You can still get one of my painting calendars in time for the New Year! :)



Thursday, December 11, 2014

203. Foggy Mirror


'Foggy Mirror'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

I can't get enough of this fog!
I caught this little scene last weekend on the Columbia River Dikelands near our town. 
This lowland marsh district is full of farms, water-filled ditches and grazing livestock. In the distance, foothills and ridges stand guard. 
This time of the year, the clouds and fog in this area are ever-changing and just lovely. 

Right now, though, a winter storm is blasting through, complete with flickering lights and extremely high winds. I have three very excitable young boys bouncing off the walls and repeatedly opening the front door to get a better look. I better go get the candles and flashlights ready. :)


Oh, and in case you missed it - my 2015 calendars are available here.

Thanks for viewing!


Sunday, December 7, 2014

2015 Calendar

Paintings by Nora Bergman
2015 Wall Calendar
8.5" x 11" (17" x 11" when hanging)
Printed on premium glossy card stock and spiral bound.

$20 + $5 shipping and handling.

To purchase, click the 'Buy Now' button to be redirected to Paypal.


  





Friday, December 5, 2014

202. Dalena Hill


'Dalena Hill'
6" x 6"
 oil on gessoboard

I mean, what a lovely part of the country in which I get to live.

On a clear day, a few more seconds of travel will reveal Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Adams, peeking (peaking? ;)  ) over from Washington state.
I never tire of this view.

Happy Weekend!


Thursday, December 4, 2014

201. The Normal Tree


'The Normal Tree'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

I must credit my three-year-old for the title, - he was very disappointed that I was painting just a 'normal tree', as opposed to a much more festive Christmas tree. :)

This normal tree is seasonally appropriate to me; we had many 'brown Christmases' when I was a kid. I didn't like them then, but I can appreciate their subtle beauty now. Several years in the perma-green environment of the Pacific Northwest (which I completely love), has made me all the more aware of the lovely sepia tones of midwest winters, especially on those overcast, frigid, snowless days. 
(This photo is from a Minnesota November.)

And also, making that collage of my 200 paintings had me overwhelmed with color. Too much color!
 Lol. Don't worry, I'll get over it - you know I can't stay in one spot too long. ;)


Saturday, November 29, 2014

200 paintings...

200 paintings - so fun to see them like this!

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!



1-25

 26-50

51-75

76-100

101-125

126-150

151-175

176-200