Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Samuel F. B. Morse

Known today for his invention of the telegraph and Morse Code, Samuel F. B. Morse was originally a skilled artist.  His monumental painting, The Gallery of the Louvre, is on display at the New Britain Museum of American Art.  Owned by the Terra Foundation for American Art,
 the painting has recently undergone a complete and careful restoration. 

While I was there, one of the museum's educators -- Kay -- was discussing the painting with teenagers attending a summer art program.  The kids paid close attention and
weren't shy about answering Kay's questions and offering their own ideas.

Morse put himself at the bottom center of the painting, looking over an art student's shoulder.
Da Vinci's Mona Lisa has a place of honor behind him, as do works by Titian, Veronese, Claude Lorrain and others.  Morse painted his friend James Fenimore Cooper 
in the left corner with Cooper's wife and daughter.  

A terrific book about the American emigres who spent time in Paris when Morse and Cooper
were there is David McCullough's The Greater Journey:  Americans in Paris (2011).

Monday, July 24, 2017

Sunday, July 23, 2017

A Day in Ridgefield

Ridgefield had a summer festival in one of the town parks.  Susie carried Hazel.

Willa is an artist, decorating the box that a rooftop carrier came in.

Hazel will be five months old this week. 

Saturday, July 22, 2017


I met Deb while I was giving the grand-dogs some off-leash time in Elizabeth Park.
Deb volunteers for organizations opposed to wild animals in captivity.

She was giving Fiddler some exercise.
Fiddler is a huge Newfoundland.

Deb lives in "the bunny house," which earned its name for obvious reasons.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Three Brick Houses


This house has a nice perennial garden in the front yard.
Can you see the squirrel cut-outs in the shutters?

The red tiled roof coordinates well with the red brick fa├žade.

This excellent example of a colonial revival house was probably built in the 1920s.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Out of the Jurisdiction: An Overcast Day at the Cape

On the wall of Berta Walker Gallery on Main Street in Wellfleet.

Hot Cocoloate Sparrow, Old Colony Way in Orleans.  Don't miss it!

"Feed Me Lobsta and Tell Me I'm Pretty."
Best apron in recent memory.
Mac's Shack, Wellfleet.

On Route 25, Orleans.

Addison Art Gallery, a bit further down Route 25 in Orleans.

A picturesque cottage across the marsh at the Audubon Nature Center in Wellfleet.