Friday, April 16, 2010

Astoria and Svensen Island, Oregon

Interesting day today! I visited Riversea Gallery and Lightbox Gallery in Astoria. I stopped into an art store and purchased a decent watercolor brush (for color sketching). While at the Pier I saw the Astoria Trolley zoom by. After this I visited "Svensen Island". I was drawn immediately to an abandoned house. A man came by and told me that his Grandmother used to live there but that it was uninhabitable after a terrible flood on Christmas Eve. He couldn't tell me what year it happened.."Maybe 2003, he said, it was devastating..I try not to think about it for very long..but I do have to drive past here every day". (I didn't dare ask him where his Grandmother was now, because he already had tears in his eyes).

Painting: Celeste Bergin, a flood of feelings, Oil on gessoed hardboard, 5x7 inches. ©2010.









Sketches: Celeste Bergin, a flooded/abandoned house ©2010.

16 comments:

billspaintingmn said...

It's interesting how you document the day!
I messed up my painting today, so went and had coffee.

Bonnie Heather said...

i enjoyed your blog today. lots of interesting stuff...thanks.

-Don said...

"A Flood of Feelings" really resonated with me, even before I read your description. I see empty houses like this and imagine the dreams, plans and lives lived and gone. You captured a melancholy essence in this old home that leaves me just a touch cold on this warm Spring evening. Great job.

-Don

rob ijbema said...

that house looks spooky
great job of capturing that atmosphere
your sketches are a delight
so nice'nloose

AutumnLeaves said...

Oh Celeste! This painting is hauntingly beautiful! Is that photo of the house this same one? I can see why the loss of the home was devastating. It looks like it was simply charming and beautiful. I really wish I lived out there near you. Boy, I think you could drag me around for some awful interesting days with all the things you see! I loved OR when I've visited and/or driven through it when I lived up in Tacoma area. (In going through some of my photos, I came across my Cannon Beach photos and was so missing it...)

Kathy said...

You captured the desolation and abandonment in your sensitive painting! I love the mood and the subject. Your story is poignant.

Dean H. said...

That's a sad story about the man, grandmother, & house.
I'm with Don...I always get caught up in thoughts about the sounds of laughter and living that must have resonated there in the past. Like a wisp of smoke....Here and then gone.

Dennis Dame said...

Fascinating Story. Really makes one thankful for a roof overhead. Thanks for sharing. Nice painting as well!

Susan Roux said...

Sounds like a good day indeed!

Caio Fernandes said...

this work has all the qualitys i love on your style .

Oregon ... has been one of my favorita places for a long time .
when teenager because of the bands of this are , not just Portland .
other day i was speaking with a woman fron a city i forgot the name , near Eugene , but bigger , they have a Rudolph Steiner school there ,the same scholl of my neigborhood here , and she was telling me about everything .
in europe one of my best friends was a guy fron Portland , one of my favorite kinds of woods and wheather ( believe me :D ) is the one natural of this place too ....
and now i know you . hahahah!
it seens that i just have great references of Oregon .

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

What a great day! Even without your description, the house you painted looks abandoned but loved. What luck you got to talk to the man who knew the house and the story of the house!

I always enjoy your sketches. They look confident and expressive. Good work!

hwfarber said...

Wonderful painting that reflects the man's sad story. What a difference between this painting and the "Opera" painting. Your landscapes have soul.

SKIZO said...

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Carrie H. said...

Hey, can you add a picture of the brush you bought? I think the Astoria Art Shop is "Dots and Doodles." I turned on a new artist to "Art Muse" today. it was really crowded - another encaustic demo today and Janet Amundson was hanging a new show. OH, nice little painting and sketches to !!

Stephen Parker said...

Wonderful post, Celeste. The abandoned house and the story behind it is melancholy, indeed. Your painting captures that quality very well.

And great photos. I haven't been to Oregon, but your work and these photos make me want explore it.

Cobalt Violet said...

Lovely sketches! I need to started taking my sketchbook with me again!