Waiting on Ezra
Looking down the hall of ‘King Caesar House’ and out across the gardens to the ocean.
30x40cm Oil on canvas
So who was Ezra? Well, he was the son of the New England pilgrim descendant and larger than life character who called himself ‘King Caesar’. Well, he would be with a name like that, wouldn’t he?
One of the highlights of my painting trip to the States last year was a visit to this old historic house in Duxbury MA, named ‘King Caesar’s House’ after the wealthy ship builder who built it.
The house is rich in vibrant colour (which surprised me) and the trappings of wealth of that time. We might guess from the owners self styled title, that he had a robust sense of his own importance but to give the man his credit he was also a strong abolitionist supporter.
He famously built a clapboard church for the town but when the leaders of the church refused to support the abolitionist cause he simply built another – right smack in their view of the town and the ocean. Good for him!
I’ll be returning to the states this September to teach a three day painting workshop and I’ll be visiting more beautiful, historic (and not so historic) homes to lap up the light and bring it home here to paint on dark rainy days.
“Find a subject that really absorbs you, without a subject that eats into you, you automatically go into decoration.”
And here’s something I came across recently that I thought you might enjoy. Jeremy Irons reading the words of Francis Bacon. Beautifully read, beautifully lit and thought provoking.
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