Monday, May 28, 2012

Monday, Memorial Day

The Portland Urban Sketchers listed a noon meeting today at the Wilhelm Funeral Home. I decided that this was a perfect excuse for me to check it out. It's Memorial Day and Wilhelm provides a pageant for the public complete with bagpipes, vintage cars and access to all of their (usually inaccessible) buildings.  A great off-duty employee named Phil gave us an impromptu tour and I learned so much from him! (Men are buried on the right side of their wives).  The gorgeous statues and amazing stained glass was a big surprise...not to mention the beautiful view out some of the windows. Without a doubt, a place like Wilhelm Funeral Home has seen it's share of tears....but today, I saw only smiles.  (Slideshow below)

Painting: Celeste Bergin, Portrait / warm and cool, oil on 9x12 canvas panel

7 comments:

Maritza said...

Bello...todo luz y pensamientos (en qué pensará esta mujer?. Lo único que sé es que los pensamientos de una mujer son siempre intensos)...

Abrazos grandes, Celeste!



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martinealison said...

Un portrait magnifique que cette jeune femme qui semble être dans la méditation ou le recueillement...
Je pense que la lumière qui illumine son visage apporte ce sentiment.
merci pour ce merveilleux patchwork de photos.
gros bisous

John Simlett said...

Interesting move from cold to hot, from a complex angle. I see how this works ...:0) there may be hope for me yet.

Our Memorial Day is called Remembrance Day and centres on the 11th minute of the 11th hour of the 11th ... when the World War 1 ended.

On the day World War 2 ended - after 6 years of darkness, the street and shop lights blazed out into a new free world. I had grown up in the darkness of a Britain that had been bombed nightly - the lights were the most amazing thing a small boy, me, had ever seen

CrimsonLeaves said...

Another gorgeous painting, Celeste. The colors are exquisite, hinting at secrets unknown.

I have to say, without a doubt this is the prettiest funeral home I've ever seen. The stained glass is just beautiful! I was intrigued by one of your photos of a bust...the bust itself blends into the background a bit and it almost looks ghostly. Enough so that I had to look twice. I love that photo!

Also? I love how you ended the slide show. Perfect!

Libby Fife said...

Beautiful statuary and architecture. What a treat! Thanks:)

L.W.Roth, said...

Ah the Pieta. Tres Magnifique. Bellisimo. The portrait is very nice too. Warm and cool is how most things a lighted in life and in photographs. The difficult thing is when they meet in the middle and intermingle. You did well.

Nanette said...

Hi Celeste, What a beautiful way to spend the day in Portland, so much culture there and especially rose gardens. Loved the tiffany windows, and the exquisite marble statutes, and it is wonderful seeing the patriotic U.S. flags at the Wilhelm Funeral Home. Thanks so much for sharing this beauty of the memorials. Really look forward every day to another surprise of your beautiful art.Liked your sunflowers. Is that oil paint you draw with? Have a great day!
Nanette