Thursday, September 23, 2010

NORA KASTEN Artist Oil Painting "Onions & Cantaloupe" / JOURNEY, DAY FOUR

"Onions & Cantaloupe"
© Nora Kasten
Oil painting on linen (25"x30")
In the collection of Mr. & Mrs. Weber Gaskin, Naples, Florida

"Tonight I am in Augusta, Maine and 1750 miles from home.
The day started out so good, glorious bursts of color in many of the trees and a decision to go to The Boston Museum of Fine Art.  We've been there a couple of times through the years and I was looking forward to viewing John Singer Sargent's painting, "The daughters of Edward Darley Boit" again.  It's a huge painting 87"x 87". . . . . .  Can you believe The Boston Museum of Fine Art does not have any american artists' paintings hanging today??  

The paintings were all taken down a few months ago and won't be hung again until November.  The museum is in a big remodeling project right now but why would they remove all the american works at the same time and then for such a long period.  The docent I talked with was so kind and thoughtful about the whole thing I couldn't be upset.  Adding insult to injury though, it took me over an hour after getting to Boston to find the museum.  I was so close but extensive construction outside too made it really difficult to fine and get into the parking lot.  Below is a photo taken from the web of Sargent's painting.

The day has ended on a very good note for me since I'm staying at The Senator Inn & Spa here in Augusta, ME.  My suite of rooms is quite luxurious.  It even has a gas log built-in the corner fireplace and a nice little wall mounted TV in the bathroom to watch while soaking in the Jacuzzi.  It is also most comfortable sitting here at the beautiful desk writing this blog.  They have laid out a nice white terry robe for me . . . . . and oh, did I mention the dining is fantastic.  Wow! I'm in a 5 Star hotel.

"The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit"  by John Singer Sargent


sarah howe said...

Love the colors! I am sorry to hear about the gallery

Susan Roux said...

Ahhh, welcome to Maine! I can feel you relaxing already... Jacuzzi, robe, fireplace, spa. You're going to love your time here.

Bad luck in the museum circuit. Wow Nora, you're two for two. Good thing this wasn't the sole purpose of your trip! Let's hope it'll be more about creating paintings than viewing them. You stay so upbeat, its awesome.

See you for breakfast tomorrow...