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In East Hampton NY lies the house that painter Jackson Pollock and his prolific painting wife, Lee Krasner, bought in 1945 for $5,000. Pollock’s art dealer, Peggy Guggenheim, loaned him the down payment of $2,000 in exchange for artwork.  It came with this protected land and stellar view of an inlet – now a bit overgrown with trees on the edge:

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It also has a little barn-studio out back and best of all, this move to the ‘country’ took Jackson away from the temptations and stresses of frenetic city life.  He was able to quit drinking and stay clean for 2 years .. possibly the most productive period in his life.
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It’s pretty amazing to be in the room where it all happened:IMG_9591Screen Shot 2017-09-27 at 4.19.06 PM Lee Krasner at work

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and Jackson flinging paint

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Pollock and Krasner reused everything. They used old masonite game boards given to them by Jackson’s brother as flooring in the barn studio. After Krasner’s death, the boards were removed and the original floor, covered in splattered paint, was visible. (We all got some fun slippers to walk over the floor – as you can see it’s a Pollock underfoot!)

(this pix and info from nicolevismara.com)
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Krasner outlived Pollock. Everything in the house is original and intact as it was at the time of her death, including their books and Pollock’s record collection.

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What never ceases to amaze is how much Krasner and Peggy Guggenheim supported and fostered Pollock’s creativity, even when his alcoholism threatened to get in the way.

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We were hellbent on frolicking in waves while we can … even Louie enjoyed the beach in Sagaponack and smelled like sea air for a weekend.  Zoe loved having mosquito netting .. er, ‘princess canopy’ .. on her bed.  I don’t think we could find a better spot of ‘moving water’ for Tashlich!  (Don’t know what tashlich is? Click here).  The waves were huge like the day we got married in this same spot and – I’m not lying – the sky really was that pink during sunset hour:

 

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Ok I’m realizing my blog is becoming about the constantly changing temperatures here but COME ON! We’ve gone from snow storm to sudden 70 degree spring day so it’s definitely worth mentioning, right?   When I look at my previous post and see all that snow, and then realize that I’m about to post some “trips to the beach images”, I’m reminded of how crazy this Feb weather really has been.

But more importantly: we’ve found a new beach.  We drove to the Fire Island Lighthouse after a friend recommended this hike to the shore via the more inland parking lot area.  And what a nice surprise this all was!  We spotted deer who lingered just 10 feet from the path, and learned that our new rescue dog (who hails from Nebraska) is as in love with the sea as we are!  The only downside: we were NOT the only ones with this brilliant idea – the beach was packed with other beach combers in late Feb!  Go figure..

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Louie loves the shore as much as we do

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beach was full of people in late Feb!

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hello deer!

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Zoe just had to shed her coat

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It was maybe exactly 10 years ago that me and my husband first went to this amazing place, with my belly full of Ezra and the summer stretched ahead of us.  We finally got to return – and this time with a grown Ezra and little Zoe. My kids love flowers and gardens and wide open spaces so this weekend romp was a hit.   Zoe loves the little pink playhouse with its own lavender gardens. By the time we made it to the Coe Hall Historic House I felt as if I were roaming around some place in Europe and it’s no wonder.. it was totally created to look like an English Castle by its first owners.

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While it’s a bit chilly today, the weekends have been amazing and warm . Ezra and his dad got a little ‘dad and son’ time at New York Air Show at Jones Beach, Long Island. A special thanks to Sean and Barbara Martens for the tickets (and to Sean for his infectious enthusiasm about all things that fly!)

photos by gregkessler.com

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We LOVE Jacob Riis and Robert Moses beaches but were itching to try something new. Friends told us about Sunken Meadow State Park and we had to check it out. It is a bit rockier and has less waves – but it was great to feel like we were on a new adventure for the day. We do love how many great programs they seem to have during the summer and the park and recreation people who came out to explain the sealife to everyone!

I have been pining for salt water beaches lately and – while Sunken Meadow was fun – I’m longing for the sound of crashing waves before summer ends. My husband promises me he’ll play waves via his iphone next time we go to the lake. I have to admit, it seems like a great idea!

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look how rocky it is! (ok basically I will use any excuse to shoot Zoe's cute feet)

look how rocky it is! (ok basically I will use any excuse to shoot Zoe’s cute feet)


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My husband has an interest in Theodore Roosevelt (check out our previous Theodore encounter here) and was hankering for a trip to the Theodore Roosevelt house at Sagamore Hill. Unfortunately the house is under construction but there’s still Sagamore Hill itself. Sagamore Hill is a pleasant site to hike around – and it has an information center at Old Orchard Home where we could see some movies and old artifacts on the subject of Theodore’s life and presidency. The kids were pretty excited to get Junior Park Ranger badges – which were earned by completing a little test of finding various things around the center. Now that we are chalk full of Teddy knowledge can’t wait to get back to tour his home when the renovation is finished.

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