Today is Winslow Homer's birthday. A few weeks ago I saw a fine selection of his work at the Clark Museum in Williamstown, MA. This painting, Saco Bay, painted in 1896, is one of the last ones he did with figures. I associate him with moody seascapes, but I like this image of the women with lobster trap and fishing net, isolated on the rocks. The description card accompanying a later seascapes begins "Completed in just one month..." That phrase really struck me--to spend a month, much less just a month, seems like such a luxury. But why not? I know that the length of time spent panting doesn't correlate to the quality. I get that. But the idea of it was like inhaling country air, like imagining traveling in a distant land without a cell phone or internet clutter.