Maybe its because I’m really ready for Spring, but I’ve been thinking a lot about summer in Cape Cod. After 3 years in New England, I only got to the Cape this past year, and even then for only a day. Like a lot of the coastal US, the communities along the Cape were filled with summer cottages, ice cream shops, fish fry stands and eclectic craft shops. Everything seemed to exude the relaxation and fun of a summer vacation destination. I enjoyed exploring the extensive windswept beaches, the sea-side trails and a chance to take in the crashing waves. Cape Cod has had a rough winter with damaging wind and high tides. Hopefully the erosion has been minimal and the beaches are still there waiting for Spring too.
Nauset Lighthouse Beach along the Eastern coast of Cape Cod:
Recently, I took some time to explore Southern Maine. Besides great fall foliage, hiking and lobster (which were all also part of my trip!), the state is known for its majestic lighthouses. I was able to visit a few including the beautiful one at Cape Elizabeth outside Portland. This lighthouse in particular may already be familiar to lovers of American art.
American realist painter Edward Hopper (1882-1967) may best be known for his psychological urban scenes (like Nighthawks and Chop Suey) but he also painted lovely landscapes. Over the course of nine summers between 1914 and 1929 spent in Maine, he produced numerous oil sketches and watercolors exploring the coastline and its small villages. These soft and calm images seem somewhat incongruous with what I encountered in Maine where the coastal environment was rocky, rough and stark.
Do you think this is this Montana, Arizona or in fact Rockland, Maine? – Edward Hopper, Lime Rock Quarry II, 1926, watercolor, private collection