Why Winslow Homer


Winslow Homer (1836-1910)
Eagle Head, Manchester, Massachusetts (High Tide)
Oil on canvas
1870
66 x 96.5 cm
(25.98″ x 37.99″)
Private collection

Why I’ve been studying Winslow Homer’s paintings is that I was told not to repeat this glaring error seen here on the camera. I’m not letting those unruly figures find me on the beach. What kind of bird do you think I am?

But I reviewed his prolific works, and I found a few places in each painting that were done exceptionally well and well worth clapping. I even like finding the location of his rhyming name, and that he stamps his signature in all caps.

His completed pieces are housed in both private and public collections, where most can be found in the cyber museum at art renewal. His pieces are rather large and diverse, where he uses  graphite, pen, watercolor, and oil.

But most important to me is that each titled piece tells a little story that I like to study and then commandeer his style, especially since he’s dead, and has been dead  > 100 years.

What Homer is saying to me is, “Enjoy. Paint my picture any how. I don’t think I have anything to worry about.”

~ §tacy §weeney

The €aster Girl

Winslow Homer
“The Butterfly Girl”
1878
Oil on canvas laid down on boa
94.615 x 60.96 cm
(37¼” x 24″)
New Britain Museum of American Art (New Britain, Connecticut, United States)

“The €aster Girl”

For fun and free is a good place to start – no matter how slow or how long my heart flutters by – but I want to be free in my spirit – like the butterfly, the butterflies

I don’t know how to handle so many delicate emotions inside – or that something more than usual might be a possibility – the glory of the unseen seeks to lead my thoughts – see we all work for the same boss

life is easier to hide  – and I cry over the life cycle of a lame but beautiful butterfly – and now my birthday power falls – on €aster weekend, I wonder why, because – either a backyard burial or around the corner a small resurrection calls…“I’m the €aster Girl!”

~ §tacy §weeney