Thursday, August 30, 2012

Rooftop in Callicoon

Rooftop in Callicoon by Roberta Warshaw
Rooftop in Callicoon, a photo by Roberta Warshaw on Flickr.
I painted this house in 1987 when I was living in a really small town in upstate NY called Callicoon. This house was directly across the street from my house and as you can see my house was on a bit of a hill so that all I could see was the roof and the dormer part of the house.

Every morning I sat there with my coffee and this is what I saw. Until one day I was sitting there when I heard what sounded like an explosion, And then the house collapsed in a cloud of dust. Time stood still for a minute until I got up and looked out and there stuck in the ruins of the house was a garbage truck. Clothes and furniture from the house lay strewn about. Luckily the trash stayed in the truck.

Apparently the truck was coming down the very steep hill and lost its brakes. it crashed right into the house which lay directly at the bottom of the hill and completely destroyed it. Luckily there was no one home at the time since it was only a summer home. The driver of the truck was very lucky and only slightly injured although they did have to use the jaws of life to get him out.

Needless to say, this is the last picture that exists of the house.

And yes, this was done during my Edward Hopper phase.


Candace said...

Wow, how bizarre to actually be watching when such a freak accident occurred!

Ginger Davis Allman (The Blue Bottle Tree) said...

Yes, very bizarre. When things change so suddenly like that it's always so surreal. It's like the world tilts on its axis or something. I'd love to see more of your Edward Hopper phase. He is my absolutely favorite, favorite artist and I recognized the style immediately. I saw his works in Chicago about five years ago...was overcome with the fine surface layering he did. What a phenomenal painter he was.