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The Mill (detail) 1959. By Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009)   Drybrush on paper. From a Brandywine River Museum Publication. Chadds Ford, Pa.  © Andrew Wyeth. Left click all images

 

Entrance to Andrew Wyeth's studio in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. Guided tour presented by the Brandywine River Museum. September 2013. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Entrance to Andrew Wyeth’s studio in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. Guided tour presented by the Brandywine River Museum. September 2013. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

 

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.net   We have a number of posts about this great artist .  You can put his name into our search box above.

 

2013:

There is a sign on Andrew Wyeth’s studio door which says “I am working, so please do not disturb. I do not sign autographs.”  He liked his privacy. He planted lots of shrubs and trees around so that the simple white house would not be noticed.

On the way to the studio each morning, Wyeth would stop at Wawa and pick up eggs to make  tempera paint.

 

Andrew Wyeth's studio by NY Times photographer Jessica Kourkounis * May, 2013

Andrew Wyeth’s studio by NY Times photographer Jessica Kourkounis * May, 2013. Note the northerly light that artists love.

His grand-daughter Victoria Browning Wyeth happened by while we were assembling outside.  She had spent the morning with a BBC crew that was interviewing her and photographing inside.  She is a bubbly young woman who was carrying a sketch-like water color that her grandfather made for her.  She briefly held it up so that we all could see.

The drawing shows Andrew Wyeth in Maine, sitting on the rocks overlooking the ocean in Cushing, Maine where he spent his summers.  He is with his dog and he is sketching. He is wearing a Ralph Lauren jacket which Victoria showed us. He liked to wear that jacket when he painted, and she showed us the paint splatters on the sleeves. Beneath the picture is a personal letter from A.W. to Victoria.

We posted a photograph of Victoria with that painting along with a quote of her grandfather’s letter to her and a closeup of the letter.

However, she e-mailed us today and asked that we remove the image and the text quote on the grounds that they are copyright. She did not tell us that the image was copyright when she showed it to the entire group.  Many of us were taking photos of her. However, we have agreed to her request.

 

*  New York Times travel article May,, 2013, is very good:    NY Times Wyeth article

 

AARON COPLAND.  London Symphony Orchestra. “Down a Country Lane” (1962). Album: Orchestral Works  (1948-1971)

 

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Five wood storks in the wild. Ft. Myers, Fla. Paul Goldfinger photo. Click left

Five wood storks in the wild   (our backyard). Ft. Myers, Fla. Paul Goldfinger photo. Click left to see Big Bird.

Hello, I must be going. Click left

Hello, I must be going. Click left

By Eileen and Paul Goldfinger, editors @Blogfinger   (original post Jan 2014)

Wood storks are on the endangered list. They are tropical and semitropical birds, but they can be found in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.  These birds are huge, being about 3-4 feet tall, with a wing span of 5-6 feet.  They have pink feet, black heads,  long curved black bills and black under their white wings.

They like to feed in open wetlands and  wade in shallow water to find fish, frogs and bugs. They like swamps, marshes and mangroves for that, but they breed and nest where there are tall trees, preferably cypress forests where there can be 25 nests in one tree. They are very sensitive to fluctuating water levels which occur wherever there is more development.  They are known to fly long distances, up to 80 miles,  to find sufficient fish for their babies which get large very quickly. The female usually lays  3-5 eggs.

The largest nesting area in the world is near us in the Corkscrew Sanctuary  in Naples.  We  visited there yesterday (see photos below,)  but weren’t allowed near the nesting areas.  Nevertheless, the National Audubon Society maintains a beautiful refuge there where a variety of wild life can be seen, including still-frozen tourists from -30 degree Minnesota as well as those from New Jersey who are seeking good bagels. We saw baby alligators and a variety of birds. The gators were about 2 feet long–two lying on a log perfectly still.

We found  8 wood storks, see above,  in our backyard a few days ago. They are in the wild and they like to hang out with a group of egrets. It looked like a Rotary meeting. Two of the storks did a brief mating dance.  I was able to approach them, but when I got too close, they just walked slowly away in the other direction as if to say “Buzz off, pal!” 

Corkscrew Sanctuary in Naples, Fla. Egret hunts for prey. Jan. 2014. Paul Goldfinger photos ©

Corkscrew Sanctuary in Naples, Fla. Egret hunts for prey. Jan. 2014. Paul Goldfinger photos ©  Left click for all theses photos.

Corkscrew Sanctuary wetlands with cypress trees. Paul Goldfinger photo © 2014.

Corkscrew Sanctuary wetlands with cypress trees. Paul Goldfinger photo © 2014.

Baby alligator. Click left for bigger view. Corkscrew refuge. 2014 ©

Baby alligator. Click left for bigger view. Corkscrew refuge. 2014 ©

 

 

JULIE ANDREWS   “Feed the Birds” from Mary Poppins.

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