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We enjoyed a really wonderful day.

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.!!
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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/23/2013 9:18PM

    It sounded like a wonderful trip. I would have loved it. Loved all of the info. I like Homer's paintings but did not know much about him.

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GRLTAZ 11/23/2013 8:42PM

    Sounds lovely ! Tc

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MILLISMA 11/23/2013 4:51PM

    What a great day with friends, Pat. So glad you had so much fun.

Hugs to you and DH.....Mary Anne

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 11/23/2013 4:35PM

    It is good to go adventuring with good friends. Such a blessing .

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HARROWJET 11/23/2013 1:20PM

    What a wonderful outing with your friends. I hope your sick friend is doing better.

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1CRAZYDOG 11/23/2013 12:16PM

    That's my philosophy -- if I can make it and have it at home, it's not something I'd choose to eat out.

HUGS and glad you and DH had a good day.

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INBRAZILFORNOW 11/23/2013 11:52AM

    Sounds lovely!

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NEEDSHELP52 11/23/2013 9:31AM

    Pat, very nice day. In my mind I believe I have seen some of these paintings you described. HUGS, Terry

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TERRI289 11/23/2013 9:18AM

    Your day sounded wonderful! I love all the history of Winslow Homer!

Hope you have a good day too!! emoticon

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TXGRANDMA 11/23/2013 9:02AM

    Sounds like a wonderful day. Didn't know much about Homer, let alone that he had relatives in Texas. I'll bet it used to take them awhile to drive the miles between TX and Maine! So, they took you on a tour over his farm? I would love that! His studio sounds very interesting, too. Too bad they wouldn't allow you to take photos....... emoticon emoticon for sharing!

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NASFKAB 11/23/2013 8:46AM

  what a lovely day for you thank you for letting us share your experiences

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BETHGILLIGAN 11/23/2013 8:02AM

    What a wonderful day!!! Amazing info!!

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PICKIE98 11/23/2013 7:26AM

    So, are you saying that Homer Winslow sketched YOUR mom??? Wow!! Do you have that sketch?
I wish I could have gone...

Enjoy running the roads while you can.. pretty soon it will be time to hunker down under the drifts.

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EFFIEANNIE 11/23/2013 7:07AM

    Sure sounds like you had a good time with friends.

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GOANNA2 11/23/2013 6:20AM

    Thank you for including me on your trip.
I really felt as though I was there too.
Really glad you had a wonderful time. You
are very lucky to be able to go to Museums
and see and learn a lot. emoticon
Have a great weekend.

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CHALLENGER15 11/23/2013 5:36AM

    I felt like I was there with you!

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JACKSGRAN 11/23/2013 1:35AM

    What a terrific trip. So personal for you too. Thanks for sharing it with us. The beaches of the northeast have lovely sand, not shingle like our local ones here.

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GDY2SHUZ 11/23/2013 1:19AM

    I enjoyed the visit with you. You have a way of making me feel I am looking over your shoulder, my imagination fills in details and pictures as you describe what you see.

A great day for all. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EGGBASKET1 11/23/2013 12:31AM

    WOOHOO !!! THAT SOUNDS LIKE A TERRIFIC DAY ! HUGS...EGG

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RD03875 11/23/2013 12:26AM

    Glad you had a good day!

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ARTJAC 11/22/2013 11:42PM

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MARTYLYNN1 11/22/2013 11:41PM

    Sounds like a great day. You have taught me a little about Homer that I wouldn't have know otherwise.
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MARITIMER3 11/22/2013 11:00PM

    Sounds like a wonderful day! Years ago I worked as office manager of a small public art gallery, and love visiting galleries, but the big ones are really expensive, so I don't go as often as I'd like.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 11/22/2013 10:55PM

    Wow, I didn't know that about Homer. Neat! Thanks for telling this story.
Yay for a great day with great company!

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