|Façade of Portland Museum of Art|
Jan's photo, late afternoon
The great treat was an amazing exhibit of paintings by Winslow Homer, all seascapes he made at nearby Prouts Neck, which we had visited the day before. There were several great works from the Clark Institute in Williamstown, and other great museums around the country. Lighting was perfect; no photos allowed. The sunsets really get to me, so luminous, with painful streaks of red. And when you get right up to these paintings (most were unglazed), they look like awkward daubs of house paint, but at the right distance those rocks and waves can break your heart.
|This is the type of painting shown in the exhibit "Weatherbeaten."|
This photo is poor quality because I shot it from a balcony "illegally."
|Dark Harbor Fishermen by N.C. Wyeth, 1943|
|Lobstering Off Black Spruce Ledge by N.C. Wyeth, 1941|
|Raven's Grove by Andrew Wyeth, 1985|
We spent another couple of hours there.
|Diana of the Sea by Marguerite Zorach, 1940|
|Wreck of the D.T. Sheridan by Rockwell Kent, 1949-53|
|Royal Arches, Yosemite Valley, California by Albert Bierstadt, 1872|
|The Great Mogul and his Court by Edmond Lord Weeks, 1886|
|Sailboat in Southampton by Maurice de Vlaminck, 1912-14|
|The Lotus Eaters by Thomas Moran, 1895|
Dan wanted to go some place interesting for dinner, but the restaurants all seemed far away; it's hard to go out in the cold and dark. I was satisfied with whole wheat toast at the motel's restaurant. Fortunately Friday nights they have a buffet, if they have enough guests to warrant it. Tonight a few large tour groups arrived and the cafe was packed. The buffet had ham and salads and all the regular stuff. Dan watched some baseball game. I went back to the room and ironed a pair of pants for him. I nearly fell asleep standing there.
This motel has worked out well. The café is a good thing; the elevator works well; the heating works well and is not too noisy; the bed is OK. Bad: fridge froze my Diet Coke every night; bathroom is cramped and has a very low counter. It is an easy drive to downtown Portland, where hotel rates are 50% higher.