26.8.10

Public Service Announcement

The Down East Dilettante has been very under the weather for the last few days, and will be back to posting as soon as the nasty medicines work their magic.

In the meantime, a view of the iconic demi-mountain, just a few feet shy of the 1,000 required to make it official,  that gives our village its name.  The painting is by the artist formerly known as Fitz Hugh (now Fitz Henry) Lane, in the 1850's.   A few more buildings, a few more trees, a few more boats, otherwise the scene is unchanged today.  Coming into the harbor by boat, the hill silhoutted blue against late afternoon sky, was always one of the  thrilling experiences of my childhood, and in adulthood nothing has changed.  It still takes my breath away---every time.

17 comments:

Blue said...

Dilettante, my best wishes. Your demi-mountain reminds me of mine though I no longer see it as often as you see yours. And that painting is beautiful. Be well.

http://thebluerememberedhills.blogspot.com/2009/04/blue-remembered-hills.html

BWS said...

Please feel well.

ArchitectDesign™ said...

Oh no! I hope you continue to feel better! Are you sure you're just not hung over still from the JCB& gentleman party? haha. You're in my thoughts!

Raina Cox said...

I shall FedEx some Jewish penicillin (Raina's Magic Matzo Ball Soup) over immediately.

Anonymous said...

Fitz Henry, huh? I wonder if someone got a PhD dissertation from that?
Lane is one of my favorite American artists, along with Heade - both of whom did wonderful work along the New England coast.

Author said...

Be well :)

home before dark said...

Bah humbug! First the car blows up and burns, and now your health takes a nasty turn. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

Toad said...

please get better soon

The Ancient said...

I, too, am sympathetic.

(As it happens, I've been popping Tylenol 4s every few hours for the past three weeks. The good news, if that's what it is, is that my nearest and dearest seem to prefer me as an incipient opium addict.)

P.S. A beautiful picture, which I'd not seen before.

sec word: coilies -- devices emblazoned on tea-shirts down on the Mall

smilla4blogs said...

You are right, the view of our "demi mountain" has changed very little. Thank you for this beautiful scene to enjoy while I am away.

Hope you are feeling much better!!!

Emile de Bruijn said...

Searching for that sense of continuity between past and present is always fascinating.

Turner Pack Rats said...

ah, yes, if it wasn't for the tourists and a stunningly beautiful summer, your life would really be in the dumps. glad you are pulling out of it as there is not much time left to drain those wallets from away but you still have the blue haired leaf peepers to look forward to (?). i always loved blue hill because, altho not very high, its so visible from so far away.
i'm hoping that soon you post more than one pic of your shop. we want both inside and out pix.

security word def - "antas" - 1. what we hope are not crawling into your shop 2. a famous old gent getting a little behind himself

Janet said...

The Downeast Dilettante canclaim sickness and take French leave anytime hje wants if he posts more paintings like this inspiring one - the artist caught the light and colours just right - which is hard to do - so often the artist just misses. Score one for the DED!
Janet in Downeast Nova Scotia

Janet said...

Oh, do feel better! You must enjoy these waning days of summer.

I really love that Lane painting. I have a little framed reproduction of it in my bedroom. A happy sight always.

La Petite Gallery said...

Hurry up and get better, and Bright eyed and bushey tailed..LOL
When I go to the Farnsworth Museum I stand in front of Fitz Hugh paintings for 20 minutes can't get enough. I try to breath it in.
Honestly, get better.

Anonymous said...

C,mon DED, use your Science & Health, get rid of this nonsense, and get back to blogging. We miss you!!!

Rose C'est La Vie said...

I can't get the idea of a demi-monde under the demi-mountain out of my head. But presumably nothing could be further from that in your elegant part of the world.

I hope your demi-health improves soon. Take it easy, old thing.