December Offerings – Part XXXI: Something to Delight both Head and Heart

American Art – Part I of V: Timothy Tyler

In the words of one writer, “Tim grew up in Oklahoma and Arizona. While in Oklahoma he would frequent the Cowboy Hall of Fame NAWA show and Art galleries in surrounding Oklahoma City. He was invited to show in an art gallery at age 16. He went to Santa Fe and met with Clark Hulings at his home and exchanged letters with a generous Wilson Hurley. He went to Scottsdale and talked to Bettina Steinke at the Scottsdale Artists School. While in AZ he would stray over to the galleries of Scottsdale where he began showing at age 18. He consigned work at Trailsides Gallery at age 21.”
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“Fine art is knowledge made visible.” – Gustave Courbet, French painter and a leader of the Realist movement, who died 31 December 1877.

Below – “Young Ladies on the Banks of the Seine”; “A Burial at Ornans”; “The Wave”; “The Artist’s Studio”; “The Hammock”; “Self-Portrait.”
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From the Irony Department: Boies Penrose

“Public office is the last refuge of the incompetent.” – Boies Penrose, American lawyer and United States Senator from Pennsylvania (1897-1921), who died 31 December 1921.
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Here is one critic describing the artistry of Dutch sculptor Mieke Oldenburg : “Mieke Oldenburg works in clay and bronze: Serene introvert busts of women, bathing figures, women as sentinels, standing figures and reliefs. The skin dry and yet touchable. Her colours are sometimes greyish and sometimes intense.”
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From the Music Archives – Part I of II: Peter Quaife

Born 31 December 1943 – Peter Quaife, an English musician, artist, author, and a founding member and original bass guitarist for The Kinks.

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American Art – Part II of V: Cathy Rose

In the words of one writer, “Cathy Rose, a long-term Lucky Street artist, creates small porcelain women—often in wooden boxes –that have a wide appeal. A veteran on the craft show circuit, she won first place in mixed media at the Coconut Grove Arts Festival, and regularly wins honors at such prestigious shows as Winter Park, Cherry Creek, Kansas City, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and the Sausalito Art Festival.”
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“I don’t paint things. I only paint the difference between things.” – Henri Matisse, French artist, who was born 31 December 1869.

Below – “Woman Reading”; “Fruit and Coffeepot”; “Vase of Sunflowers”; “Woman with a Hat”; “The Joy of Life”; “Self-Portrait in a Striped T-shirt.”
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“Technology without hatred can be a blessing. Technology with hatred is always a disaster.” – Simon Wiesenthal, Austrian Holocaust survivor, Nazi hunter, and author of “The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness,” who was born 31 December 1908.

Some quotes from Simon Wiesenthal:

“For evil to flourish, it only requires good men to do nothing.”
“Humour is the weapon of unarmed people: it helps people who are oppressed to smile at the situation that pains them.”
“There is no denying that Hitler and Stalin are alive today… they are waiting for us to forget, because this is what makes possible the resurrection of these two monsters.”
“God must have been on leave during the Holocaust.”
“Survival is a privilege which entails obligations. I am forever asking myself what I can do for those who have not survived.”
“The history of man is the history of crimes, and history can repeat. So information is a defence. Through this we can build, we must build, a defence against repetition.”
“For your benefit, learn from our tragedy. It is not a written law that the next victims must be Jews. It can also be other people.”
“Violence is like a weed – it does not die even in the greatest drought.”
“What connects two thousand years of genocide? Too much power in too few hands.”
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Born 31 December 1881 – Max Pechstein, a German expressionist painter and printmaker.

Below – “Under the Trees”; “Sunflowers”; “Horse Fair”; “Melting Snow”; “Young Woman with a Red Fan”; “Dawn.”
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From the Music Archives – Part II of II: Burton Cummings

Born 31 December 1947 – Burton Cummings, a Canadian vocalist, musician, and former singer and keyboardist for The Guess Who.

Chinese painter Wang Longjun (born 1980) lives and works in Beijing.
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“Love is the child of illusion and the parent of disillusion.” – Miguel de Unamuno, Spanish essayist, novelist, playwright, philosopher, poet, and author of “The Tragic Sense of Life,” who died 31 December 1936.

Some quotes from the work of Miguel de Unamuno:

“My religion is to seek for truth in life and for life in truth, even knowing that I shall not find them while I live.”
“Only in solitude do we find ourselves; and in finding ourselves, we find in ourselves all our brothers in solitude.”
“Science is a cemetery of dead ideas.”
“A lot of good arguments are spoiled by some fool who knows what he is talking about.”
“If a person never contradicts himself, it must be that he says nothing.”
“Faith which does not doubt is dead faith.”
“The only way to give finality to the world is to give it consciousness.”
“Some people will believe anything if you whisper it to them.”
“The skeptic does not mean him who doubts, but him who investigates or researches, as opposed to him who asserts and thinks that he has found.”
“To fall into a habit is to begin to cease to be.”
“Anyone who in discussion relies upon authority uses, not his understanding, but rather his memory.”
“What we believe to be the motives of our conduct are usually but the pretexts for it.”
“If it is nothingness that awaits us, let us make an injustice of it; let us fight against destiny, even though without hope of victory.”
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Here is the Artist Statement of British painter Vicky Mount: “ I look at the world with a gentle humour, believing that in smiling, it is easier to live in a complicated world. If I had to say what my paintings are about (in a very small nutshell), I’d say they were about love, work, death, friendship and loneliness and longing, escape…and hope…and…I’m going to need a bigger nutshell.
I hope you like what you see.”
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From the Cinema Archives – Part I of II: Anthony Hopkins

Born 31 December 1937 – Anthony Hopkins, Welsh actor best known for his portrayal of Hannibal Lecter in “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991 – for which he won an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role), “Hannibal” (2001), and “Red Dragon” (2002).

American Art – Part III of V: Erika Craig

Artist Statement: “I paint figures underwater, immersing my subjects in their surroundings. A person’s reflection in water is a constantly changing self, a distorted image with many sides. Near the surface, the familiar blends into the unknown. Color and shape break down. Things that seem separate become entwined.
Water is the source of life, bodily and spiritual renewal. It represents both life and death, existing in the same place as a continuation. It is the place of origins, and a place inside ourselves where we go to find peace. Making up most of the Earth and most of our bodies, it is the connectedness of things.
I occupy the world below the surface, the subconscious, a place of intuition and dreams. The vague ideas and emotions that don’t quite fit into words. I marvel at the world above the surface, past the limits of our perception. The unseen and unexplained, mysteries beyond our human reach. Reality is deep and complex. The more we delve and search, the more astounding layers we find. Yet in supreme chaos I see universal order. From galaxies to subatomic particles, the curve of a leaf and the human brain.
I prefer the organic to the mechanized, natural to manmade, timeless to modern. In nature, I see the essence of truth and beauty. As people disconnect from nature, they lose a vital understanding. We become preoccupied with the mundane, obsessed with tiny details of our daily lives, restless and struggling for meaning. Forgetting how small we are and how little we control. How strange it is to even exist.”
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From the Cinema Archives – Part II of II: Val Kilmer

Born 31 December 1959 – Val Kilmer, an American actor best known for his masterful portrayal of Doc Holliday in the 1993 Western “Tombstone.”

American Art – Part IV of V: Lynn Christopher

Artist Statement: “I began my career as a Set Designer at Universal Studios in the art department. I went on to become an Art Director, and over the span of 33 years, worked on many wonderful films and television shows, both set designing and art directing at the major film studios.
In the last few years, I have studied at the local art academies in the Los Angeles area, first painting, then, as the classes became available, I studied sculpture. I have had the privilege to study with some extraordinary sculptors during that time, which helped to set the direction of my current work approach. I am now working full time in my studio, focusing on the nude figure and portraits.”
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A Poem for Today

“The Snowfall Is So Silent,”
By Miguel de Unamuno

The snowfall is so silent,
so slow,
bit by bit, with delicacy
it settles down on the earth
and covers over the fields.
The silent snow comes down
white and weightless;
snowfall makes no noise,
falls as forgetting falls,
flake after flake.
It covers the fields gently
while frost attacks them
with its sudden flashes of white;
covers everything with its pure
and silent covering;
not one thing on the ground
anywhere escapes it.
And wherever it falls it stays,
content and gay,
for snow does not slip off
as rain does,
but it stays and sinks in.
The flakes are skyflowers,
pale lilies from the clouds,
that wither on earth.
They come down blossoming
but then so quickly
they are gone;
they bloom only on the peak,
above the mountains,
and make the earth feel heavier
when they die inside.
Snow, delicate snow,
that falls with such lightness
on the head,
on the feelings,
come and cover over the sadness
that lies always in my reason.
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American Art – Part V of V: Adrian Waggoner

Artist Statement: “I am in love with paint. I believe that pigments are created to become a part of a whole. Through mixing and layering, individual pigments combine and form relationships to create an image, and can fulfill the measure of their own creation.”
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I Wish Everyone a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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