An education

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The Portland Art Museum has a really good collection, from sculptures in the courtyard outside the entrance hall to prehistoric Chinese art,

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modern woodblocks, dancing gods, Versailles artists and portraits

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Impressionists and Roman Syrian art,

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American artists,

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and three generations of the Wyeth family.

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From top to bottom: street art, Chinese artefacts from 200 BCE, Jiang Bibo, Shiva from S India, Buddha from China, Jean-Baptiste Monnoyer x2, Gabriel Revel, Marianne Loyer, Alexandre Calame, Boucher, Gustavo Courbet and tomb carvings from Roman Syria, Julian Alder Weir x2, NC Wyeth, Eugene Speicher, Andrew Wyeth. Jamie Wyeth and Oswald Achenbach.

October 2017.

Drawing in

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The Painter’s family (detail)

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Another detail of The Painter’s family

Some time before I or any of us had even heard of hyyge, I had a short summer visit to Norway where I went to the National Gallery and strongly enjoyed the National bend for painting lots of pictures of people having breakfast. It’s very easy art to live with, and I found it immensely comforting. I particularly like this one for early winter with the lamplight on the faces, and the mix of snow, books and porridge.

 

House-watching

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Portland houses on the road to the zoo, Japanese gardens and rose garden. Pretty typical of the part of town I was staying up in too, with large porches smothered in Halloween pumpkins and accessories, immaculate front gardens reflecting the turn to fall.

October 2017.

Su Lam

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The Su Lam Chinese garden in Portland is about 10 minutes’ walk from the main train and bus stations in a pretty concrete part of town. As soon as you step through the door you’re miles away. Photos October 2017.

Spinning the globe

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As longer-term readers will know, I very much like finding places that if you saw them in a book you’d mentally place on another point of the globe. I’m pretty sure most people would think this was a Scottish Island, unless you already knew the Pacific north-west.

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All photos Oregon, Cannon Beach. October 2017.

Reflections

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It says a lot about how much I enjoyed family holidays in Wales (rain! No sunburn! Castles! A baker in the next village with doughnuts!) that this is pretty much my happy place.

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But really, aren’t these lights and reflections beautiful?

Oregon, October 2017.

A different scale

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Walking through the trees of Ercola State Park, I wouldn’t have been surprised if a dinosaur had appeared out of nowhere. And these aren’t even the giant redwoods of California. After half an hour’s walking you begin to hear the sea through the pine trees, glimpses of blue opening up between the shadows, the roar of the sea covering all other sounds.

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Oregon, October 2017.

Ercola State Park

A fifteen minute walk from my cottage you can be in the foothills of the Ercola State Park and about half an hour later, stopping occasionally to catch my breath but not truthfully breaking a sweat, I reached this.

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And this.

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And this.

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Completely stunning. October 2017.