Monday, October 31, 2011

Will I Be Flying on Halloween?

My time in the USA is now over. It's Halloween. What a day to be flying! Well that is if Qantas can get the airline in the air. Still, what a great adventure it has been!

Last week I enjoyed visiting the historic town of Annapolis on Chesapeake Bay, Maryland. This photo of an officer's residence was taken at the US Naval Academy. If you are interested in naval history the Academy's Museum is worth a visit to see the extensive collection of model ships and historic objects complemented by interactive displays. 

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Morning Walk

Although the morning air was chilly, I enjoyed a delightful walk  through the woods near where I am staying in Maryland.  

Friday, October 28, 2011

Flatiron Building

The 22 story Flatiron Building opposite Madison Square Park is a fascinating landmark so named because of the iron like shape. The narrow frontage - not even a couple of metres - points up Broadway like the bow of a ship. When I passed by one time street stalls were set up with tasty looking food and at yet another time with all to meet your recycling and environmental needs. Excellent coffee and cakes at a nearby cafe/deli that seems to have all of the best that is Italian eating kept me going as I continued my wanderings through Union Square, the Flatiron District and Gramercy Park.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Across the Brooklyn Bridge to Manhattan

Over the weekend, I decided to walk across Brooklyn Bridge to Manhattan after my original plans to go to the Dumbo neighbourhood were dashed when I boarded the wrong Metro train. Alighting in Brooklyn, it was a bit of an adventure finding the direction to go in as the map I had with me only covered Manhattan. In the end with a bit of luck and persistence I found my way to Brooklyn Bridge.

There must have been thousands of people walking across the bridge that day as part of a walk for the prevention of diabetes. Nothing like walking in the opposite direction to a walkathon! Still I made it and despite much of the side of the bridge being covered in while repair work is undertaken, there were great opportunities to enjoy panoramic views of Manhattan. To finish off the day, it was then it was off to a late afternoon show of the fabulous Broadway show Follies. A sumptuous meal then followed. Quite a day!


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir

It felt like "culture shock" having emerged from the quiet countryside of New England to New York City. So it was time to seek solace in the more quiet and gentle surroundings of Central Park and enjoy a stroll to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

One taxi driver described Central Park to me as the "lungs of New York" bringing fresh air to this busy city. The track that surrounds the reservoir is popular with runners and walkers who thankfully all move in the same direction. As I continued my wandering along the track the city beyond felt like another world away. It was a wonderful place to be.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Hair and Shoes

Travelling again and back in New York with my walking shoes on. This time it was down to 14th street from Midtown where the High Line starts and as luck would have it I was able to join in a community lunch arranged by High Line volunteers. Made from local organic produce the meal was superb as well as being lots of fun. A great way to meet locals as well as many from afar including a fellow Aussie.

Then time to continue my wandering through the Greenwich Village area. This photo was taken of a window display in what looked like a shop for shoes or was it hair or both? Who knows as I did not venture inside but it was certainly eyecatching.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Guess the Pumpkin's Weight

Pumkins seem to be everywhere in New England - windows, doorways, stairways, pies, muffins and in this case, hotel decoration. This Guess the Pumkin's Weight Competition is in the lounge of the Salem Hotel where I stayed. The prize? A night at the hotel of course! Dogs are also welcomed at the hotel which offers room service with a difference - a selection of tasty morsels from a menu designed specifically for your dog. Steamed hamburger and rice are chef's recommendation if your dog is upset from travel although a range of other tasty and healthy veterinarian approved food is also available. 

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Next Stop - Salem


As with many places in New England, Salem is getting ready for Halloween.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Main Coast 111. Rockport

So many of the paintings that I have seen of this area from American artists have shown not only the Maine coastline and coastal buildings but have been studies of the lives of the fisherman. With lobster almost being a standard food delight here - steamed, stuffed, baked, bisque, rolls - it seemed appropriate to post a photo of a lobster boat just coming back into port. This pic was taken at Rockport where we stopped for a brief time for lunch and sat looking out to sea watching the boats come into port on this wonderfully calm day.

Next stop Salem.

Many thanks for your comments during my journey. I have not had time to reply but am reading them all and very much appreciate your generous feedback.

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At the Maine coastline on a calm day after visiting the Edward Hopper's Maine exhibition at Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

Lighthouse at Fort William: Maine Coastline

 

At Bowdoin College Musuem of Art we were able to catch the last few hours of the Edward Hopper's Maine Exhibition devoted to the artist's work in Maine between 1914 and 1929. This exhibition was in recogntion of the summers Hopper spent on the Maine coastline painting and sketching. It was then time to travel to the coast to experience first hand some of the beautifully rugged coastal areas painted by Hopper. What a treat!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Bowdoin College Museum of Art: Autumn Leaves 11

Autumn Leaves

Autumn leaves at Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

Looking Towards the Olson House

A short walk down the hill from the Olson House and past where Christina would have been sitting when she was painted by Andrew Wyeth for Christina's World is a small cemetery with the graves of Alvaro and Christina Olson and Andrew Wyeth.

The cemetery is a beautiful and peaceful place that overlooks water and is shaded by a grove of trees. Our visit to the house and the graves completed the cycle of the daily life of Alvaro and Christina captured in the paintings by Andrew Wyeth.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Andrew Wyeth, Christina's World and the Olson House

A fascinating visit to the Farnsworth Museum in Maine to see the exhibition Andrew Wyeth, Christina's World and the Olson House. Olson's House, pictured, has been named as a National Historic Landmark.

This exhibition features approximately fifty watercolors and drawings of the lives of Alvaro and Christina Olson and the Cushing, Maine house in which they lived as seen through the eyes of artist Andrew Wyeth.  A rare and moving opportunity to see these artworks and visit the house  featured in these works.  

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Billings Farm and Museum Vermont

 
The restored farmhouse on this operating dairy farm and museum is from 1890.
A wonderful opportunity to explore the farm and the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park opposite.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

A Taste of Fall

Despite the New England area being ravaged by Hurricane Irene fall in New England is a delight. This photo is taken from the Sterling and Francine Art Institute (The Clarke) in Williamstown Massachusetts.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Travelling to Woodstock Vermont

Up until now the weather has been just perfect. Late afternoon travelling between North Adams and Woodstock.
It looks like a change is one the way!

Sol Lewitt at MASS MoCa

The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCa) at North Adams is housed in old factory buildings giving spaces large enough to house the varied and large installations on exhibition. An exhibition by Katharina Grosse covered an area that appears to be as spacious as an aircraft hanger.

A Retrospective of Sol Lewitt's Wall Drawings are on view until 2033. These drawings are housed on three floors of the museum and from the size of these, you can see why.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford


A morning's drive from Mystic to Hartford and the Wadsworth Atheneum the oldest public art museum in the United States. The museum was founded in 1842. I was taken by many of the wonderful artworks here including a Sol Lewitt installation around the museum's staircase and this work by Salvador Dali Apparition of Face and Fruit Dish on a Beach.

At one glance it appears as a desolate beach; at another a footed dish filled with pears; and again a profile of a dog and yet another......it's up to you!

Then onto the Yale Center for British Art and the Yale University Art Museum. Amazingly, I managed to fit in some shopping in between museums!

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Looking across the waters from the museum to local residences in Mystic.
A wonderful sunny day to amble, enjoy a chowder lunch, sail and visit cottages in the Mystic Seaport museum's living village.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Mystic Seaport Water Reflections

 
A day at Mystic Seaport: The Museum of America and the Sea. A living history museum consisting of a village, ships and 17 acres of exhibits depicting coastal life in New England in the 19th century. Established in 1929 the seaport was one of the first living history museums in the United States, with a collection of buildings and craftsmen to show how work was done and life was lived. Chowder Day on the village green was in full swing during our visit (the chowder was delicious) and as the water was as smooth as glass, it was a day for reflections. This photo is of reflections of flags on a moored boat.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Evening Light at Provincetown 11

Evening Light at Provincetown

The Provincetown Art Association were our generous hosts while we were visiting Provincetown and enjoying delightful views such as this one from their exhibition and museum premises.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Beachfront Provincetown Massachusetts

Now for a few days to relax and enjoy the beautifully warm weather.

Swoon at ICA

A leader in street art, Swoon's large installation Anthropocene, Extinction 2011 at The Institue of Contemporary Art, Boston expresses her concern for the environment. It is an amazing installation covering the gallery's entrance wall and features Ms Bennett who is shown here. Swoon met Ms Bennett a 90 year old Aboriginal woman whilst visiting Australia.

The artwork at ICA Boston is as amazing as the gallery that has been constructed to take advantage of the waterfront harbour views.

Next stop, Provincetown Massachusetts.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

The Passage of Delaware

Thomas Scully's The Passage of Delaware at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

The painting was originally commissioned by the state of North Carolina for the Senate Hall of the State House in Raleigh. It was never hung there as the painting's dimensions made it too large for the available space. It was not surprising therefore to learn that even the MFA, Boston needed to construct a place specifically for the work. 

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Sargent's Daughters

John Singer Sargent's masterpiece The Daughter's of  Edward Darley Boit - is a puzzling scene of four daughters of friends of Sargent that invokes a variety of reactions and interpretations from viewers to the four young sisters who are in a vast yet indistinct room.The presentation of the artwork at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is made even more special by the placement of the two oversized vases in the painting next to the artwork - a remnant of the Boit's lavish lifestyle - as well as the excellent outline of the work by the MFA guide.

Sargent's work is a masterpiece that continues to weave it's magic, telling a story that speaks to people despite the passing of time. It is one of my favourites; the mystery of the image continuing to stay with me.

Friday, October 7, 2011

MFA Boston

Welcome to the fabulous Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Here Lyes...

Welcome to King's Chapel Burying Ground. I started my Freedom Trail walk from Boston's oldest burying ground. Established in 1630, it is a relatively small place with 600 gravestones and 29 table top tombs dating back to the first English immigrants who came to "the New World". An interesting reminder of early settler life, the graveyard space is ever so small for the 1,000 people reportedly buried there.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

From New York to Boston

Then it was time to travel to Boston via Amtrak. This photo was taken just after leaving Penn Station looking towards New York. New adventures await with the start of the New England Autumn Art Tour. It will be  couple of weeks before I return to New York City.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

I Have Walked for Miles and Miles

And miles and miles
And miles and miles
And miles....
Must be a song in that one!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The High Line

The High Line is a real gem in New York City. Over 1.5 kms of old elevated train track has been reclaimed as a public park bringing a different perspective to the city. According to my Lonely Planet pocket guide, the tracks follow a road once known as 'Death Avenue' (now tenth Avenue). In the heyday of shipping many a horse, driver and pedestrian lost their life if crossing too slowly. The rail tracks were raised above the ground in 1934 and used until 1980. Due to lack of use the tracks were to be demolished in 2002 until locals suggested the creation of a public pathway above the city roads.

An enjoyable and unique New York City walk located alongside the Meatpacking district.  

Monday, October 3, 2011

Central Park New York

 

Despite rain clouds threatening, New York's Central Park was a hive of weekend activity - entertainment, weddings, boating, horse drawn carriages, joggers, cyclists and pedestrians strolling. A relaxing few hours wandering through the park between 5th Avenue and Central Park West.

New York Reflections

 

There are wonderful sky reflections in some the New York buildings. I was on my way to the Lincoln Center and Central Park when I passed these buildings near Columbus Circle.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

War Horse

At the Lincoln Centre for the Performing Arts, War Horse is a powerful play adapted from the novel of the same name by Michael Morpurgo. It captures the history of World War 1, extraordinary animal love and brings to audiences the magic of exceptional puppetry. A spectacular production and a standing ovation from New York theatre goers.

Fall is on the Way

Despite the unseasonal warmth the weather is beginning to change. Lightening strikes impacted on train signal systems stranding many communters. Fall is on the way.  

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Bryant Park


Yesterday morning started out with brillant sunshine in what seemed like an Indian Summer here in New York. Bryant Park on 6th Avenue captured the feeling of the morning as I walked to catch the Circle Line ferry for a semi circle tour of the island past the Statue of Liberty to Manhattan Bridge.

Nick Cave For Now

City Daily Photo Theme Day: Mystery Object. For more on performance artist Nick Cave and a video clip of his work in action click here.

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