To the Sea

Art of Winslow Homer

Wikipedia — Homer started painting with watercolors on a regular basis in 1873 during a summer stay in Gloucester, Massachusetts. From the beginning, his technique was natural, fluid and confident, demonstrating his innate talent for a difficult medium. His impact would be revolutionary. Here, again, the critics were puzzled at first, “A child with an ink bottle could not have done worse.” Another critic said that Homer “made a sudden and desperate plunge into water color painting”. But his watercolors proved popular and enduring, and sold more readily, improving his financial condition considerably. They varied from highly detailed to broadly impressionistic. Some watercolors were made as preparatory sketches for oil paintings and some as finished works in themselves. Thereafter, he seldom traveled without paper, brushes and water based paints.

As a result of disappointments with women or from some other emotional turmoil, Homer became reclusive in the late 1870s, no longer enjoying urban social life and living instead in Gloucester. For a while, he even lived in secluded Eastern Point Lighthouse (with the keeper’s family). In re-establishing his love of the sea, Homer found a rich source of themes while closely observing the fishermen, the sea, and the marine weather.

33 thoughts on “To the Sea”

  1. “Turkeys do not need to be ‘pardoned’-they are not guilty of anything other than being born into a world of prejudice. They are innocents who should be respected for who they are: good mothers, smart birds, and interesting animals.”

    “You understand so well that African-Americans, women, and members of the LGBT community…asking you to consider other living beings who are ridiculed, belittled, and treated as if their sentience, feelings, and very natures count for nothing.”–abc-news-politics.html

    I can still see that poor bird being eviscerated in the ex-half-gov-of-Alaska’s photo op.

    Just veggies & pie here, followed by a walk to feed the ducks & turtles if it’s nice out.

  2. I’ve always loved Homer’s “water” paintings. My fave is “Storm” (aka “Gulf Stream” – the guy lying across the dismasted sailboat with sharks around and a storm in the distance), although I love the “Breezing Up” painting. There are some pretty spectacular other paintings, but those would be the two I’d want if I won the lottery.

    And I will be having turkey.

  3. And I will be having turkey.

    Pogo… me too. I LOVE turkey…
    can’t wait to masticate that head chopped off eviscerated bird cooked to a golden brown with stuffing comin’ outta it’s butt… :smile:

  4. “those would be the two I’d want if I won the lottery.”-Pogo, 4th floor up.

    That’d have to be a mighty big jackpot to buy either Breezing Up of Gulf Stream. I don’t think you could get the former for $12MM or the latter for $20MM.

  5. Gotta have turkey, ‘cuz it is the essential, most important, and irreplaceable element in Turkey Gravy. Gobble gobble.

  6. My two favorite Homers are The Coral Divers and Fishing the Rapids [Saguenay]

  7. Flatus…’
    looks like a very interesting wine. Bringing the wine for Thanksgiving is my job. No one cares what I bring, so I bring what I like. This year I’ve decided to bring several bottles from our new NH winery, LaBelle’s. I’ve chosen Granite State Red… it’s different from any other wine I’ve ever tasted… and I LOVE it.

  8. We’re adding a celebrity recipe touch to David’s sister Dale’s thanksgiving menu. He just learned 90210 star Jennie Garth uses water chestnuts in her stuffing. Sounds interesting.

    Nash thanks for the amazon button plug yesterday. Every little bit helps.

  9. Craig: If you like Winlsow Homer they have several of his paintings in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, but it’s probably not a good idea to go there this weekend. It will be crowded. It always is around Thanksgiving & Christmas. The museum is huge, but the problem is parking.

    If you ever visit Gloucester in the summer, the MFA is a good day trip. Their website has a feature where you can see photos of the best pieces in their collection.

    Here’s a watercolor Homer did in Florida…

  10. Got to have the turkey — how else can you have turkey sandwiches.

    Granite State Red…sounds like a blend — short summers, cool — maybe some lesser known varietals?
    What’s good with the alcohol farmers in NH

    I’m checking out St George Gin for my locally made cocktail

  11. I Must Go Down to the Sea

    I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
    And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
    And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
    And a grey mist on the sea’s face and a grey dawn breaking.

    I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
    Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
    And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
    And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

    I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
    To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
    And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
    And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.

    – John Masefield

  12. We will be doing the usual repast amply fortified by the following:

    One bottle Cabernet Sauvignon
    1/2 cup fresh Orange juice
    1/4 Cup of Brandy
    8-10 Cloves
    1/3 Cup Sugar
    3 Cinnamon sticks
    1 tsp fresh or 2 tsp ginger

    Blend all ingredients, heat to simmer and stir until sugar dissolved. Ladle into warmed wine glasses. (I sugar the rim of the glasses)

    4 – 6 glasses, repeat as necessary.

  13. From Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire:

    “Banking Industry Moves to Block Warren
    Aides to two senators on the Senate Banking Committee tell Mother Jones the financial services industry has already moved to block Sen.-elect Elizabeth Warren from joining the committee, which is charged with drafting legislation regulating much of the financial industry.

    Wonk Wire has more on the efforts to keep Warren off the committee.”

  14. Renee,
    Your wine really does look interesting. The book says the good Marshal’s grapes taste like cherries, and I know what wild blueberries from way-up-north taste like. Surely, it must be a fantastic treat. It’s too bad the grapes aren’t hardy enough to make it through your winters; you could feed the turkeys. 😆

  15. Craig, Kumcho would forage for real chestnuts, boil them long enough to make the skins removable, then slice them for the stuffing.

    Excellent flavor and texture. She would also add, at my prompting, small chunks of tart apples. Needless to say, we’re making the Northern style dressing rather than the cornbread favored by many in the South.

  16. KGC

    Glogg, Mulled wine, play with it until you love it. and give it a name. :) Made a homesick German exchange student very happy one year because he didn’t know what he was missing until he took a sip and smiled ear to ear. :)

    Flatus – I use slivered almonds and apples, but chestnuts sound like a great alternative. Definitely seasoned bread not cornbread for this variation.

  17. And now it’s time for me to go visit my GI doc for a routine appt. I wonder why they scheduled it for today? Year ago I ended-up in the hosp on death’s door. Kumcho took lovingly good care of me.

  18. Happy Thanksgiving from your neighbour to the north! I always remember the running gag between Letterman and Shaefer about Canadian Tkvg being a month ahead due to early harvest. Then Christmas, then Easter. ALL of our holidays are a month ahead due to the early harvest!! 😀

    I wish you all a day of peace before the day of shopping bedlam. Believe it or not, retailers started Black Friday here, too!

  19. Why not have Black Friday ?

    Counter help is dirt cheap even at time and a half. Even at double time.

    Of course, unless state law mandates it, aren’t the retailers unlikely to pay their desperate employees more than straight time tomorrow ?

  20. Craig: The Turkey Roll video, which you posted on youtube, is a fun way to prepare for Thanksgiving dinner.

  21. What this country needs is more wacko-psycho ripuplican hate speech. We need former-almost-Senator akin to pontificate more on gynecological mechanics, globalwarming, and the conmunistic subsidies of Big Oil.

    We need that

  22. Winslow Homer and Goya are tied for my favorite
    painters, heads above any others. There’so way I could name a favorite of Homer’s, but for Goya it’s
    Dona Isabel Coursel.

    In re: whales – Years ago I was in an exercise class
    which used whale songs as the music…it was
    fantastic! It was just the whale songs, without any other music i.e. flutes. I have tried to find a cd
    of nothing but whale songs but apparently nobody thinks they are good enough on there own. Even so,
    this was a haunting video.

    Gotta go do the shopping for my little sister since she is having the dinner at her house and will cook the bird.

    I’m thankful for so much and feel a little silly that I would love more to be thankful for. One early
    Christmas gift was the election.

    Happy and safe Thanksgiving to you all!

  23. The 2012 Beaujolais Nouveau is released, you know. I always bought a few bottles and also a couple bottles of a good German Reisling to the Thanksgiving meal. Alas, I also live in the past when the fact is I quit drinking twenty years ago. Now I concentrate on my turkey leg and whatever else is presented on the table. I offered to make my favorite roasted vegetable, brussel sprouts drizzled with EVOO and salted and easy to make, but was told to fuhgeddaboudditt. Happy Thanksgiving to all, and especially to our friend “911 Survivor, Sort Of”, aka Jim, who will spend the holiday in the hospital in Weill Cornell Hospital in New York City.

  24. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone !

    Almost all of us have an abundance for which to be grateful. Those who only have their lives, have that for which to be grateful, for they may still experience the richness of life itself.

    Let us celebrate with what we have, great or small, and live it up !

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