American Art – Part I of III: Diane Eugster
In the words of one critic, “Diane feels in order for a painting to work it must be successful on several layers – design, drawing, color and emotional content.” In her words, “I’m always struggling to bring the quality of all these elements together. When everything interacts as I want it, it’s a great day, when it doesn’t I consider it a challenge to work harder.”
Australian Art – Part I of II: Hans Heysen
Born 8 October 1877 – Hans Heysen, a German-born Australian painter.
“Many adults feel that every children’s book has to teach them something…. My theory is a children’s book… can be just for fun.” –
R. L. Stine, American writer known as the “Stephen King of children’s literature” and author of the “Goosebumps” books series, who was born 8 October 1943.
Australian Art – Part II of II: Janne Kearney
Here is one critic describing the artistry of Australian painter Janne Kearney: “A painter of stories, people and life… that is how Janne Kearney describes herself, her recent body of work is not just paintings of tattooed bodies, its more than that, it chronicles tattooed people’s lives.
She has an enormous respect for tattoo artists and a fascination for tattoo art and the mystical quality it possesses.”
From the Music Archives – Part I of II: Fred Cash
Born 8 October 1940 – Fred Cash, an American vocalist best known for being a member of The Impressions.
Here is one critic describing the background and artistry of English sculptor Sophie Ryder: “Sophie Ryder was born in London, England, in 1963. She studied Combined Arts at the Royal Academy of Arts where, while obtaining her diploma in painting, she was encouraged by fellow artist to develop her sculpture. Inspired by Picasso, Goya and Henry Moore, she famously developed the Lady Hare as a counter part to Ancient Greek mythology’s Minotaur.”
“To know your ruling passion, examine your castles in the air.” – Richard Whately, English rhetorician, logician, economist, theologian, and Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin, who died on 8 October 1863.
Some quotes from Richard Whately:
“A man is called selfish not for pursuing his own good, but for neglecting his neighbor’s.”
“Everyone wishes to have truth on his side, but not everyone wishes to be on the side of truth.”
“Lose an hour in the morning, and you will spend all day looking for it.”
“Men are like sheep, of which a flock is more easily driven than a single one.”
“It is folly to expect men to do all that they may reasonably be expected to do.”
“In our judgment of human transactions, the law of optics is reversed; we see the most indistinctly the objects which are close around us.”
“To be always thinking about your manners is not the way to make them good; the very perfection of manners is not to think about yourself.”
“As one may bring himself to believe almost anything he is inclined to believe, it makes all the difference whether we begin or end with the inquiry, ‘What is truth?’”
“To follow imperfect, uncertain, or corrupted traditions, in order to avoid erring in our own judgment, is but to exchange one danger for another.”
Died 8 October 1897 – Alexei Savrasov, a Russian painter.
Below – “The Rooks Have Come Back”; “View of the Kremlin from the Krymsky Bridge in Inclement Weather”; “Sundown over a Marsh”;
“Early Spring: Thaw”; “Evening: Migration of Birds”; “Rasputitsa” (“Sea of Mud”).
From the Music Archives – Part II of II: John Lennon
8 October 1971 – John Lennon releases “Imagine.”
Italian painter Linda Carrara (born 1984) lives and works in Milan.
“When religion and politics travel in the same cart, the riders believe nothing can stand in their way.” – Frank Herbert, American science fiction writer and author of “Dune,” who was born on 8 October 1920.
Some quotes from Frank Herbert:
“Without change, something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens. The sleeper must awaken.”
“Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty.”
“Any road followed precisely to its end leads precisely nowhere. Climb the mountain just a little bit to test it’s a mountain. From the top of the mountain, you cannot see the mountain.”
“If you think of yourselves as helpless and ineffectual, it is certain that you will create a despotic government to be your master. The wise despot, therefore, maintains among his subjects a popular sense that they are helpless and ineffectual.”
“What do you despise? By this are you truly known.”
“Think you of the fact that a deaf person cannot hear. Then, what deafness may we not all possess? What senses do we lack that we cannot see and cannot hear another world all around us?”
“Respect for the truth comes close to being the basis for all morality.”
“It is a wise man that does know the contented man is never poor, whilst the discontented man is never rich.”
“Religion often partakes of the myth of progress that shields us from the terrors of an uncertain future.”
“There is no escape – we pay for the violence of our ancestors.”
“When law and duty are one, united by religion, you never become fully conscious, fully aware of yourself. You are always a little less than an individual.”
“The people I distrust most are those who want to improve our lives but have only one course of action.”
Here is one critic describing the artistry of French doll maker Malou Anceling: “It was in the 70s she began creating her first out of dolls resin coated leather or her rag dolls, from paper or cotton waste, which gives them a particularly surprising aspect
After many sculptures and various tests Malou Ancelin rose to a new technique, that of using for her dolls paper mache sculptures. This is a material she loves especially, since she cites ‘the paper is a material that can be read, pick up, throw and shape.’”
“No More Cliches,”
By Octavio Paz
That like a daisy opens its petals to the sun
So do you
Open your face to me as I turn the page.
Any man would be under your spell,
Oh, beauty of a magazine.
How many poems have been written to you?
How many Dantes have written to you, Beatrice?
To your obsessive illusion
To you manufacture fantasy.
But today I won’t make one more Cliché
And write this poem to you.
No, no more clichés.
This poem is dedicated to those women
Whose beauty is in their charm,
In their intelligence,
In their character,
Not on their fabricated looks.
This poem is to you women,
That like a Shahrazade wake up
Everyday with a new story to tell,
A story that sings for change
That hopes for battles:
Battles for the love of the united flesh
Battles for passions aroused by a new day
Battle for the neglected rights
Or just battles to survive one more night.
Yes, to you women in a world of pain
To you, bright star in this ever-spending universe
To you, fighter of a thousand-and-one fights
To you, friend of my heart.
American Art – Part II of III: Steven Shore
According to one writer, Stephen Shore is a “photographer known for his images of banal scenes and objects in the United States, and for his pioneering use of color in art photography.”
Below – “Holden Street, North Adams, Massachusetts”; “Beverly Boulevard and La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, California”; “2nd Street East and South Main Street, Kalispell, Montana”; “Church and Second Streets, Easton, Pennsylvania”; “U. S. 2, Ironweed, Michigan”; “Wolf Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania”; “Pueblo Bonito, New Mexico”; “West 9th Avenue, Amarillo, Texas.”
A Second Poem for Today
“After Long Busyness,”
By Robert Bly
I start out for a walk at last after weeks at the desk.
Moon gone plowing underfoot no stars; not a trace of light!
Suppose a horse were galloping toward me in this open field?
Every day I did not spend in solitude was wasted.
American Art – Part III of III: David Shevlino