Friday, November 22, 2013
Several months ago my walking buddies proposed we go to Winslow Homer's Studio on Prout's Neck an area on a Peninsular near Portland Maine.
We had decided to take out a membership with the Portland Museum of Art.
That gives us daily free access to the Museum and discounts in the Book store and gift area.
Until recently DH and I did not do many of these tours to the more expensive museums. We have mostly visited the Art galleries on the campuses of our universities. They are mostly free or discounted so it was less expensive to get to these places.
Our walking group have been doing walks together, gardens together and now we are looking out for the Museums and performances that we can drive to.
There were all six of us going but one couple had a last minute sickness. There were no refunds back so they decided to ask the rest of us to find someone to go so the entrance fee was not wasted. I remembered DH friend who had presented a lecture with computer images on a big screen. DH called him and he was happy to go. Another friend was able to find another senior college student to go so it worked out well.
We went down to Portland and we found only 2 other people were going with us. They had booked this tour a long time ago and they had stayed at a hotel near the Museum and the Old Port.
8 of us were driven in a Mercedes Van and it had headroom for all of us. The drive was 30 minutes. The area had once been bought up by Homer's father and his brother and they cut down many of the pine trees and later other trees so they could enjoy looking out across the ocean. They had several houses there and they lived there just 5 months of the year and went back to several other homes in Boston, New York City and Galveston Texas.
Homer had 2 other brothers but only one married and had a family. Homer was an outgoing person but he was a very private man . He did not want anyone around when he was working. He had his father move a carriage house to overlook his favourite view of the ocean and the rocks.
That became his studio and that was the building we went through today. It was a very small building but it had an upstairs covered Piazza so he could paint outside on foggy days. The Museum has many of his oils depicting fishermen in horrendous waves. We were told he would paint on some canvases for many years he just changed small areas of the composition. At least one was painted over 15 years.
Homer went to Paris and lived there at the time of the impressionists.
We were told it influenced his later paintings. From Paris Homer went ti England, very close to where DH and I lived. Homer painted a "FISH WIFE" from Northumberland the County above our County Durham. My mother took us to the place where the painting was done and I was surprised I had been on the beach where she was sketched and ultimately Homer painted her portrait.
It was a treat of a day we learned a little and we saw a lot. We all enjoyed the day.
We ate our lunch in the Museum Café. I had a turkey sandwich and coffee. I tracked it as a turkey sandwich I saw in Panera Bread that was the best I could do. It put in the high sodium numbers and that was what I wanted. I like to track as close as possible to food I eat away from home.
DH followed my lead. The others had Quiche but I had ready made crust-less
Quiche waiting for us at home.
We all enjoyed the day and our sick friend was happy the people we gave tickets to was a perfect choice.
That was our Day.!!