Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Maine - Brass Compass and the Farnsworth Museum

We spent the morning doing laundry and some household chores and then headed into Rockland. It was a bit of a grey day and rain was forecast, off and on, for the first time since we got here.
We ate at the Brass Compass. This is the lobster caesar that  Don had
Heather and I had fried bay scallops. We keep saying we have to cut down our consumption but then get drawn in by all the seafood options.
Heather, Don and I went to the Farnsworth Museum.
It has an interesting canopy over the front and a flashing EAT sign on top.
Open House Study, Andrew Wyeth. The artist family of Wyeths lived and painted in Maine and the museum owns quite a number of their works. I first saw Jamie Wyeths paintings in Madrid where there was a temporary exhibition of his work.
N.C. Wyeth was an illustrator. This was a cover illustration for Popular Magazine. He also did wonderful detailed illustrations for books like Treasure Island and Robinson Crusoe.

Sea Running Study by Andrew Wyeth who was N.C. 's son.
Her Room, Andrew Wyeth. Most of the pieces on display where pencil and watercolour studies in preparation for his tempera paintings.
Maine Coon Cats by Jamie Wyeth, Andrew's son.

Watch Cap by Andrew Wyeth
I love being able to get close enough to the paintings to be able to see how the artist achieved the effects.Here he scraped off the paint with the end of his brush to give the hair some highlights.

A limited edition print of The Carry by Andrew Wyeth for sale for $9,500.
There was also a display of women artists and an exhibit of Marguarite Thompson Zorach art which included paintings, rug hooked pieces and amazing intricate embroidery pictures of people and landscapes. As it was a temporary exhibit I couldn't take any pictures.
Walking back to the car we were drawn, by the late afternoon light, down to the harbour. This lobster boat is called "Ours and Hours"
And here's "Lobster Mobster" and "Overtime".

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