A Day to Remember

The Wyeth name is a familiar one on the midcoast of Maine.  Andrew and Betsy met here, their children grew up loving the midcoast and its islands and Betsy and her sons continue to be a presence in the area.

Following in the tradition of his grandfather N.C. Wyeth and his father Andrew, Jamie Wyeth is an accomplished painter who spends much of his time on one of the family’s private islands and draws subject matter from the bounty of Maine.

The island’s lighthouse now is deactivated, but until 1937, it was a working one

with a bell tower that sounded warnings to ships when the fog was thick.  Now, both are part of the island’s charm and have been subject for a painting or several.

Iris at Sea, Jamie Wyeth

I can’t believe my photo is almost identical to the painting!

Dr. Syn, Andrew Wyeth

Dr. Syn is sitting inside the bell tower which Betsy created  to be reminiscent of Lord Nelson, a hero of Andrew’s.

The island is a visual delight with each detail a natural fit, however, I suspect nothing,

from the lobster buoys hanging in the trees

to the anchor resting on the grass

to the painted rocks laying casually on the wall, is an accident.

Everything, even the stacked piles of wood, is eye catching and looks like subject for another painting.

Sometimes what might have no special meaning to you or me catches the artist’s eye and becomes part of something that has permanence.

Wreck of the Polias, Jamie Wyeth

Walking down the shell path to the dock to head back to Rockport Harbor, my head is spinning with the delight of a beautiful Maine afternoon.  Thank you, Jamie, for letting us share your special place in the sun.

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36 thoughts on “A Day to Remember

  1. So beautiful images. I especially love the photo from the stacked piles of wood. To me who lives in Finland (means cold in winter) it was so nice to see how to pile woods for winter.

    1. Not everyone stacks their wood so beautifully. I loved the wood piles, too.

  2. A dream day for you for sure! xo!

  3. What a most gorgeous place. So very scenic and blue. I want to see Maine so much. I hope I can someday.

    1. Another coast, another place with its own special beauty.

  4. Oh, you’ve made me long for Maine again! I love the photos in this post.

    By the way, I’ve nominated you for the Blog on Fire award (http://culturallife.wordpress.com/2012/06/24/blog-on-fire-award/). Don’t feel any pressure to pass on the award if you don’t want to or don’t have time. I just thought I’d let you know that I really enjoy reading your blog. 🙂

  5. What wonderful reminders of my Maine holidays over the years… truly a beautiful landscape! Larry

    1. You are right about maines beautiful landscape, especially along the coast. Thanks for looking in.

  6. What a wonderful special visual treat. The island looks stunning, and looking at the placement of objects like the lobster pots and the stacking of wood I can see an artists eye. Thank you for taking me to such a unique place.

  7. Wow, this post is perfect!! I love the paintings with the matching pictures, and Maine – so beautiful to see and read about! I love your adventures :)) Bori

  8. Such a great tour! Beautiful.

    – The Tablescaper

  9. Stunning scenery. Definitely a feast for the artistic soul 🙂

  10. Such an interesting post and great photos!! Love the stacks of wood…arranged very artistically..but I imagine that it’s for practicality.

  11. Andrew is my American favorite. I am happy to know that Jamie is carrying on the family gift. Thank you for your beautiful words and photography…….. I enjoy traveling with you!

  12. What a wonderful post! I enjoyed it very much and it made me get the “wanderlust”. I would love to visit there one day!

  13. Absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

  14. Beautiful! Beautiful! I wish I was there! I envy your creativity.

  15. Beautiful images and lovely posts. I can’t wait to visit Maine. It is in my last group of states to visit in the upper New England States.

    1. You really must make it, Judy. Maine is a gift.

  16. I relate to Dr Syn. I am still waiting for my ship to come in.

    1. While you are waiting, please have a good supply of food at your side.

  17. Lulu,
    you just know I went weak at the knees at this post 🙂
    Light, composition, colour and subject matter…. swoon….

    1. I did swoon, Kiwi. There was so much to take in, and I haven’t shown you even half!

  18. Beautiful! I love lighthouses! Your photos are lovely and make me want to make a trip up there! 🙂

    1. A trip to the coast of Maine is well worth your time, and there’s some pretty good ice cream here, too!

  19. What a wonderful post and gorgeous photos! Andrew Wyeth is one of my favorite artists. I’m not as familiar with his son’s work, but I will check it out. Thank you for visiting my blog about Lake Erie. You asked about the lighthouse, It is actually still a working one – the oldest, continuously operating lighthouse on the Great Lakes! It’s a beauty, too. I’ve enjoyed visiting your lovely blog.
    Cindy @Art,Books,Tea

    1. Thanks for answering the question about the Lake Erie lighthouse. Several years ago we took our boat up the Hudson River, and I was fascinated by the different styles of lighthouses.

  20. Your beautiful photos said a lot of the peacefulness in Maine!

    1. Thank you, Amy. Maine is a very peaceful place, one of the many reasons I love it.

  21. I am so pleased I found this wonderful post. What an adventure. Andrew Wyeth has always been a favorite. I remember being completely enthralled at his Helga exhibit in San Francisco. So, what a treat to see his son and his art. Stunning. Wonderful pictures…I can’t get over that wood pile. Just beautiful….thanks!

  22. Your photos are wonderful! I haven’t been to Maine in many years and hope to visit during the summer someday soon.

  23. I delight in your adventures. It is fun for me to live vicariously through you all year but love the Maine adventures the best because I have never been there!

    1. Well, Bonnie, we just might have to change that. The coast of Maine is a wonderful place to visit.

  24. shirley@housepitalitydesigns June 17, 2012 — 8:14 pm

    Gorgeous…gorgeous…I loved touring the various lighthouses while there..All of them so magnificent….I believe I have a White House Christmas card that was made from a painting of Jamie Wyeth…Love that family of talented painters….Maine…such a great canvas to work from!

    1. I believe Jamie did 2 Christmas cards for the White House in the 80’s so you just might have one of them.

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