The onset of winter in Los Angeles feels more like spring anywhere else. After a few days of long-awaited rain, the hills were starting to show new green growth for the first time after a scorching dry summer.
Henry Varnum Poor, grandnephew of the money man who founded Standard & Poor's, was a painter of landscapes, portraits and still lifes, as well as an accomplished, if self-taught, ceramicist (and self-taught architect).
Although I grew up in New York and have lived there for many years, I have a summer studio in Maine. Every summer I pack up and go to paint following the tradition of so many of America's painters from Winslow Homer to Alex Katz.