In Port Orchard, Washington, the neighborhood known as Manchester sits right on the Puget Sound. Manchester has a great state park (we walk there a couple of times a week), and a sweet little rural waterfront that includes a public boat ramp and a floating dock. (With 15-foot tides, docks that can move are a necessity.) Manchester also boasts the smallest library I’ve ever seen. Across the way from the library is a nice neighborhood restaurant and pub, and a new park. The Seattle skyline is directly across the water; the Space Needle is often clearly visible to the North end of the view.

We thought Manchester would be a good, open place to observe the almost-total eclipse, so that’s where the BLP and I headed on Monday, August 21. The day before, I had made a pinhole projector out of some cardboard pieces- a nice long one, lined in coal-black paper with a white screen for the image. It worked perfectly, projecting the image of the eclipse upside down inside. A couple of people asked to take a peek, and of course I was happy to share.

The last solar eclipse I remember seeing occurred when I was a child. I don't think it was a total eclipse, but pretty close. I was very excited to be seeing one again. These kinds of events make me feel like I'm part of something more wonderful than the day-to-day nonsense that wears me down. 

The day itself was clear and cool. There were a few strippy little clouds in lines to the North. But the most interesting phenomenon of the day had to be the bank of fog that had rolled in on the Seattle side, completely obscuring the city and leaving just a hint of the Cascades in the distance.

The eclipse progressed, and the fog bank remained. The light changed, the sky darkened very subtly, the shadows moved, and I knew I wanted to paint what I was seeing. I had another painting to complete first-  the one titled Sentinel – and then I began my eclipse painting.

Seattle, Eclipsed  © Rose Guastella 2017  oils on canvas, 12” x 24”

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Comment by koshersalaami on August 30, 2017 at 9:13pm

Way cool and what an opportunity

Comment by Rosigami on August 30, 2017 at 10:56pm

Hi Kosh, that's what I thought, an eclipse is an opportunity not to be missed. When the Hale-Bopp comet was visible in 1996-7, I really enjoyed seeing it.  

Comment by greenheron on August 31, 2017 at 4:35am

This came out well. I liked your photo and wondered how you'd translate it. The fog pile looks like a wave or snowbank or soapsuds coming to get the little island. You do good fog pictures. 

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Comment by Rosigami on August 31, 2017 at 7:55am

greenie, painting local stuff inside my realm of experience is good practice for me. Even in real life that fog bank looked like soap suds! I love the weather here so much. 

Comment by Rosigami on August 31, 2017 at 7:55am

Thank you, SB.

Comment by Rosigami on August 31, 2017 at 7:59am

Terry, I know what your wife means. It took some getting used to. The Puget Sound feels very much like the Long Island Sound to me, except on a larger scale. 
We're going to the ocean in a few weeks, down the coast of Oregon. I can't wait! 

Comment by Anna Herrington on August 31, 2017 at 8:14am

"These kinds of events make me feel like I'm part of something more wonderful than the day-to-day nonsense that wears me down."

So true!  You're certainly in a lovely area - nice painting, too! The fog bank makes it so interesting to look at for awhile...

I love the west coast shore, but I guess it's partly due to not ever going to east coast beaches the entire time I was growing up. My folks were lake people. The far northern Cali and Oregon Pacific shores are the best places in the world, personally, we've been exploring new spots for the past year, getting to know southern to central Oregon's secret awesome spots better as we've known N. Cali and northern Oregon's spots for decades and we decided it's time to know southern/central Oregon's coast like the back of our hand, too. Always new, always changing... I feel so lucky to live near such beauty and wonders. 


Comment by Rosigami on August 31, 2017 at 2:25pm

Anna, I feel lucky to be here too. So much yet to explore! 


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