Friday, August 28, 2015

Wyeths, and more

This is a typical Andrew Wyeth watercolor, perhaps a bit more dramatic than many with the dark wooden post on the right, but a typical New England house on a lonely beach  in the other two-thirds of the work.  We did not see this one today at the Three Wyeths exhibit at Heritage Plantation's small museum, but we saw, I think 15 by each Wyeth -- RN the illustrator/painter from the 1920s+ pater familius, mostly seen in Saturday Evening Posts, often illustrating patriotic stories and poems.  It is easy to say "meh!" but some of the works show his artistic self, a picture of Washington and his soldiers at Valley Forge, has the chill of winter fairly surrounding the whole piece. 

Andrew is my favorite, I see meditation and silence and rigor in his well known works. I've seen many and I do not see the "violence" that his son James is quoted as describing. But maybe he knows more of his father's personality than I.

I found no pictures to put in this post from James (known as Jamie), I had seem the short video of him painting his gull picture called Seven Deadly Sins, 1, which was in this show.  All seven were in a show at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston last summer when Rachel and I were there. All contain gulls, not the indolent, slightly skittish birds I see when I walk the beach, but powerful, screaming big birds. The video shows Jamie painting very tactically -- using his fingers, the side of his hand, his own spit on his fingers to get the subtle effects he wants with the watercolors, straight from the tubes, mixed sometimes with his fingers. 

We went to see the art, but we took time to see the Plantation, at least a good part of it; we had all been there several times before.

We were not too old to ride the carousel although only Lexa
had a full enough skirt to  get on a horse.
And Miriam played the drums when there were no kids around eager to make their own music.

The Plantation is at its floral best in the spring at rhododendrum and azelea time, there were few splashy floral displays today but some big white-ish hydrangeas and lots of interesting hostas.

It was a beautiful end of summer day and many kids of the grade school variety were around, so were some retirees, like Lexa  and Miriam who spent their careers serving children as librarian and school administrator/teacher.


Bev Sykes said...

Sounds like you had a good day. I like Wyeth too but have not seen all that much other than Christina's World.

June Calender said...

Thanks for the note, Bev. There are several books of Andrew's work -- you might check out a library; I know there is one that has works by all three Wyeths. (They had a selection of books on a table at the exhibit)

barbara judge said...

I too have always appreciated the Wyeths. Especially Andrew Wyeth, His rich paintings of rural life with their earthy colors have always drawn me into his works. How wonderful that you and your friends were able to view such important works. And delightful that you all took a carousal ride and one of your group even took on the drums. -- barbara

June Calender said...

Thanks, Barbara, it's wonderful to spend a morning with a couple of contemporaries who have a youthful spirit of fun

Kass said...

June, someone has hacked into one of your accounts and is sending out emails requesting $1950.00 to bail you out of some vacation mishap.

June Calender said...

Thanks, Kass -- I've been busy with notes from nice people who realize it's a scam and are letting me know all day. I went to a lunch and no fewer than 5 people out of about 50 had received the email ... an they were a people I couldn't have ever emailed more than once. I've done what little I can to protect my email account. I appreciate your concern.