Arts Everyday Living: The Art of Relaxing Continues—The Beauty of the Sea & Fog

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THE ART OF RELAXING CONTINUES

 A MONDAY AT KENNEBUNK BEACH

I’m still mentally back at Kennebunk Beach in Maine, even though my vacation is technically over. Fortunately, I took along a camera on my first morning walk there with my friend Ruth.  For fog was covering both the sea and the land reminding me of Winslow Homer’s An Artist’s Studio in the Afternoon Fog below, in spite of the difference in the hour.  You can visit his studio (the building on the right) today, located only about 40 minutes from Kennebunk.  (See: the end of the blog for further information.)

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Homer

Winslow Homer, The Artist’s Studio in an Afternoon Fog, 1894, oil on canvas, Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY

So let’s take a tour of Kennebunk Beach inspired by Winslow Homer. I’m not a professional painter or photographer but I can try to see through an artist’s eyes, ultimately enriching as well as transforming my daily life.

THE ART OF FOG

Will the sun survive?

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Photo by Joan Hart

The gray abyss, in which sea gulls swirl and dive.

gulls

Photo by Joan Hart

Where a local landmark, now haunted, barely emerges from the mist.

Kennebunk

Photo by Joan Hart

Though most summer houses are completely shrouded,

Kennebunk

Photo by Joan Hart

mere silhouettes, rising just beyond the silvery water.

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Kennebunk

Photo by Joan Hart

Soon gradually revealed, like day awakening from night.

Kennebunk

Photo by Joan Hart

Nearby, a bit of Van Gogh in Maine.

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Kennebunk

Photo by Joan Hart

Sunflower power, nurturing, a tiny bee.

Sunflowers

Photo by Joan Hart

While the beach itself brightens, liberated by the now ascendant light that also decorates the incoming waves.

Kennebunk

Photo by Joan Hart

As the fog finally disappears, fading quickly into the atmosphere—contrasting to the sun’s illumination of the sandy shore.

A victory for glorious weather!

Kennebunk

Photo by Joan Hart

 

To learn more about Homer’s creative headquarters, click:

Winslow Homer Studio Tours

 

 

The above painting is used solely for educational purposes.

 

Expand your horizons with Through an Artist’s Eyes: Learning to Live Creatively by Joan Hart.

 

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