September Offerings – Part XXV: Something to Delight both Head and Heart

American Art – Part I of IV: Suzanne Clements

In the words of one writer, “Suzanne Clements is a fulltime fine artist working from the sunny seaside town of Melbourne, Florida. Her recent transition to the sunshine state has helped to push her work into new directions. Primarily a figurative painter, she builds lush storylines and narratives with each canvas. Her subjects convey deep emotion through their posture and expression, while her strongly modern and graphical style lends a unique perspective to each work.”
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Canadian painter John Hall (born 1943) studied art at both Alberta College of Art and the Instituto Allende in Mexico.
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“Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it. ” – Morgan Scott Peck, American psychiatrist and author of “The Road Less Travelled,” who died 25 September 2005.

Some quotes from the work of Morgan Scott Peck:

“Love is the will to extend one’s self for the purpose of nurturing one’s own or another’s spiritual growth… Love is as love does. Love is an act of will — namely, both an intention and an action. Will also implies choice. We do not have to love. We choose to love.”
“The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.”
“Life is difficult. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it. Once we truly know that life is difficult-once we truly understand and accept it-then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters.”
“If we know exactly where we’re going, exactly how to get there, and exactly what we’ll see along the way, we won’t learn anything. ”
“Share our similarities, celebrate our differences.”
“Life is complex. Each one of us must make his own path through life. There are no self-help manuals, no formulas, no easy answers. The right road for one is the wrong road for another…The journey of life is not paved in blacktop; it is not brightly lit, and it has no road signs. It is a rocky path through the wilderness.”
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American Art – Part II of IV: Paulo Jimenez

According to one writer, “The career of Paulo Jimenez extends for more than a decade. Illustrator, Muralist, Designer and Fine Art Painter, his talent has been reproduced in books, magazines and publications throughout the country and internationally. Born in Costa Rica, at an early age he moved to Chile where he spent most of his childhood. During his teenage years he moved to Florida, where he created murals and decorative images for private residences and institutions. Paulo currently lives in Miami, Florida.”
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Here is one critic describing the artistry of English painter Tom Bagshaw: “For his personal work he has developed a highly rendered digital painting style through which he explores themes of fantasy, beauty and mysticism.
The darker, creepy elements in Bagshaw’s paintings are often balanced out with quirky or humorous details which are charming for the viewer to discover. While feminine beauty plays a large role in his work, the women he depicts are never frail damsels in distress. More often than not they’re strong, intriguing characters, with an air of mystery to them.”
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American Art – Part III of IV: Mark Rothko

“I’m not an abstractionist. I’m not interested in the relationship of color or form or anything else. I’m interested only in expressing basic human emotions: tragedy, ecstasy, doom, and so on.” – Mark Rothko, Russian-American painter, who was born on 25 September 1903.

Below – “No. 3/No.13”; “No. 61”; “Four Darks in Red”; untitled; “Orange and Yellow.”
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“Never explain what you do. It speaks for itself. You only muddle it by talking about it.” – Sheldon Allan “Shel” Silverstein, American poet, singer-songwriter, musician, composer, cartoonist, screenwriter, and author of children’s books, who was born on 25 September 1930.

Some quotes from Shel Silverstein:

“I will not play tug o’ war. I’d rather play hug o’ war. Where everyone hugs instead of tugs, Where everyone giggles and rolls on the rug, Where everyone kisses, and everyone grins, and everyone cuddles, and everyone wins.”
“Tell me I’m clever, Tell me I’m kind, Tell me I’m talented, Tell me I’m cute, Tell me I’m sensitive, Graceful and wise, Tell me I’m perfect – But tell me the truth.”
“If the track is tough and the hill is rough, THINKING you can just ain’t enough!”
“He has the obligation to society that any human being has. I don’t think a satirist has any greater obligation to society than a bricklayer or anybody else.”
“Imagine – four years you could have spent travelling around Europe meeting people, or going to the Far East of Africa or India, meeting people, exchanging ideas, reading all you wanted to anyway, and instead I wasted it at Roosevelt.”
“If you’re behind the times, they won’t notice you. If you’re right in tune with them, you’re no better than they are, so they won’t care much for you. Be just a little ahead of them.”
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In the words of one critic, Algerian painter Layachi Hamidouche (born 1947) possesses “a style that combines synthetic figurative symbolism and surrealism.”
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Here is part of the Artist Statement of ceramicist Elya Yalonetski: “I studied ceramics in Russia, in Abramtsevo Art and Industry College, then moved to Israel, then worked mostly in Moscow, then in Berlin.”
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“Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Do not bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.” – William Faulkner, American novelist, short story writer, playwright, poet, essayist, screenplay writer, and recipient of the 1949 Nobel Prize in Literature “for his powerful and artistically unique contribution to the modern American novel,” who was born 25 September 1897.

Some quotes from the work of William Faulkner:

“You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.”
“I give you the mausoleum of all hope and desire…I give it to you not that you may remember time, but that you might forget it now and then for a moment and not spend all of your breath trying to conquer it. Because no battle is ever won he said. They are not even fought. The field only reveals to man his own folly and despair, and victory is an illusion of philosophers and fools.”
“The saddest thing about love, Joe, is that not only the love cannot last forever, but even the heartbreak is soon forgotten.”
“Memory believes before knowing remembers. Believes longer than recollects, longer than knowing even wonders.”
“Pouring out liquor is like burning books.”
“Perhaps they were right putting love into books. Perhaps it could not live anywhere else.”
“I decline to accept the end of man… I refuse to accept this. I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among the creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance. The poet’s, the writer’s, duty is to write about these things. It is his privilege to help man endure by lifting his heart, by reminding him of the courage and honor and hope and pride and compassion and pity and sacrifice which have been the glory of his past. The poet’s voice need not merely be the record of man, it can be one of the props, the pillars to help him endure and prevail.”
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Here is one critic describing the artistry of Indian painter Siddharth Shingade (born 1983): “Siddharth Shajirao Shingade’s paintings have a stylized quality to them. The artist creates a personal language, populating his surfaces with tall figures that appear to be wrapped in history, with a million stories to tell. His choice of palette resonates the intimate relationship he shares with his homeland, Marathwada in India. The deep browns and golden yellows draw upon the warmth of its climate as well as its people. The mood in his paintings however is somber, perhaps a reflection of the oppression faced by his people and more so the women of Marathwada.”
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Siddharth Shingade _ paintings - India
Siddharth Shingade _ paintings - India

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A Poem for Today

“The House,”
By Charles Bukowski

They are building a house
half a block down
and I sit up here
with the shades down
listening to the sounds,
the hammers pounding in nails,
thack thack thack thack,
and then I hear birds,
and thack thack thack,
and I go to bed,
I pull the covers to my throat;
they have been building this house
for a month, and soon it will have
its people…sleeping, eating,
loving, moving around,
but somehow
now
it is not right,
there seems a madness,
men walk on top with nails
in their mouths
and I read about Castro and Cuba,
and at night I walk by
and the ribs of the house show
and inside I can see cats walking
the way cats walk,
and then a boy rides by on a bicycle
and still the house is not done
and in the morning the men
will be back
walking around on the house
with their hammers,
and it seems people should not build houses
anymore,
it seems people should not get married
anymore,
it seems people should stop working
and sit in small rooms
on 2nd floors
under electric lights without shades;
it seems there is a lot to forget
and a lot not to do,
and in drugstores, markets, bars,
the people are tired, they do not want
to move, and I stand there at night
and look through this house and the
house does not want to be built;
through its sides I can see the purple hills
and the first lights of evening,
and it is cold
and I button my coat
and I stand there looking through the house
and the cats stop and look at me
until I am embarrassed
and move North up the sidewalk
where I will buy
cigarettes and beer
and return to my room.
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American Art – Part IV of IV: Margot Lovinger

Artist Statement: “The experimental environment of the Museum School encouraged me to follow my interest in creating art from fabrics. My work started with ‘story quilts’ that were interactive, and required the viewer’s participation to reveal the full narrative. Other types of quilts and fabric compositions followed, often experimenting with new materials and textures. Though I was always fascinated by figure painting, (particularly the works of the renaissance masters, such as Caravaggio) the medium frustrated me, and most of my paintings showed this. Eventually, my interest in the textures and techniques of sewing merged with my fondness for the rich colors and imagery of figure painting, and I began creating these sewn figurative fabric compositions. I have been working in this technique for about 8 years.
I begin with a cotton canvas base, to which all the successive layers are sewn. The first layers are usually cottons and silks. In these early layers, I rough out the composition and establish the major shapes and colors of the work. Next, the subtle modulation of color and tone are achieved by the layering of sheer fabrics, such as tulle, netting, organza and chiffon. Each successive layer changes the hue of the layers beneath it, much the way a transparent color wash changes the layers underneath it in watercolor painting. Stitching in cotton, silk, or rayon thread or embroidery floss is added to create texture and define shapes. Finally, each piece is stretched over a wooden frame.”
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