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Trip Report Philadelphia Museum of Art-Mini Trip

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A local artists guild took a bus trip to see "American Water Color in the Age of Homer and Sargent."

If you are interested in the medium, you will enjoy this survey of water colors. If you say "Winslow Homer" I always think of seascapes. You will find more of his works on the land. With Sargent, his portraits are more famous. But, he also produced hundreds of water colors on his family trips. Fewer of those (darn it) were shown but one room had some side-by-side works by the two artists.

You've heard of throwing salt on the wound? Throwing salt on your watercolor yields cool results. That was one of mini-demonstration films that showed various watercolor techniques.

If you google the exhibit title above, and open 'images' under the 'search' line, you will see some of the other works.

It took about 3 hours to get there from my Annapolis Md. area. The bus used rte. 95 all the way. The museum is undergoing a face lift. The scaffolding surrounding the front of the building, and the stands that were being erected in the facing park, made getting to the West entrance confusing. A workman actually got on the bus and directed our good-natured driver.

New to me were annexes to the museum--next time.

You have through May 14, 2017 to visit this exhibit.

(As you might expect, there are several gift shops, a large café, a small one, and too few ladies room stalls. I bought lens cloth wipes with a photo of Homer's horrible looking palette box!)


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