Friday, April 21, 2017

272. Tulips!


'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. :)

(Donated)

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. :)

SOLD

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. :)