Motif Number One Rockport Massachusetts
Bob and Nadine Johnston
Painting - Enhanced Painting - Gift Or Greeting And Note Cards, Cheaper By The Dozen :o)
Trying to paint something different than what we have seen of Motif Number 1 in Rockport decided to do a view of Bradley Harbor. Creating a Triangular composition with the boats leading into Motif 1.
Painted with Acrylic on hardboard. Photographed with a Nikon, processed in Lightroom, and Photoshop. With finishing touches in Lightroom, mostly adjusting Luminance and Contrast.
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Motif #1 is located on Bradley Wharf in the harbor town of Rockport, Massachusetts, is a fishing shack well known to students of art and art history as "the most often-painted building in America."
Our first trip to Rockport was many decades ago, when we left Providence RI, and headed north on our Red 1963 Harley to spend the weekend there. We enjoyed it so much it was but the first of many trips.
Built in the 1840s as Rockport became home to a colony of artists and fishermen, the shack became a favorite subject of painters due to the composition and lighting of its location as well as being a symbol of New England maritime life. Painter Lester Hornby (1882-1956) is believed to be the first to call the shack "Motif Number 1," a reference to its being the favorite subject of the town's painters, and the name achieved general acceptance.
In the 1930s, painter John Buckley used the shack as his studio. He sold it to the town in 1945, dedicated "In 1945, the town of Rockport purchased the Motif as a monument to Rockporters who had served in the Armed Services." The town, recognizing its iconic value, has taken pains to preserve both its structure and appearance, finding a red paint which appears weather-beaten even when new, and keeping the area clear of overhead wires, traffic signs and advertising.
The shack was destroyed during the Blizzard of 1978, but an exact replica was constructed that same year.
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