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I am going to post some watercolors over the next few days. the ones above and below are from an trip to Cullercotes, England. He painted the fishermen's wives rather than their sons as he had in Gloucester years before. The painting above has a nice serpentine "S" flowing through its middle with the figures arrayed along it.
Homer traveled routinely to Florida in his later years, and on to the Bahamas from there. These jungle paintings are from the Florida trips. I think it as little strange to see such a Yankee painter working in Florida, but others did too. Innesss comes to mind.
These are great designs. Homer seemed to be able to knock out those palm trees without much adjustment time. He makes that look as if he had always painted them. Homer could really draw. He had to, being an illustrator working to deadline for twenty years. What great training that must have been.
Notice above how he counterbalances all of those vertical palms with that long horizontal bank at the bottom of the picture.
Homer was very intrigued by the silhouettes of the palms as they stood against the sky. He uses rhythm to capture their movement in the breeze. He has used counterchange in the stem of the palm as it goes from light at the bottom across the little tree and then dark against the sky above.
Tomorrow, on to the Bahamas