American Art – Part I of III: Peter Zokosky
“Carpe diem.” – Horace, Roman lyric poet and author of “Odes,” who
died 27 November B.C.E.
Some quotes from the work of Horace:
“Whatever your advice, make it brief.”
“Begin, be bold, and venture to be wise.”
“We are but dust and shadow.”
“Happy the man, and happy he alone,
he who can call today his own:
he who, secure within, can say,
Tomorrow do thy worst, for I have lived today.
Be fair or foul, or rain or shine
the joys I have possessed, in spite of fate, are mine.
Not Heaven itself, upon the past has power,
but what has been, has been, and I have had my hour.”
“In love there are two evils: war and peace.”
“He who is greedy is always in want.”
“Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which, in prosperous circumstances, would have lain dormant.”
“A picture is a poem without words.”
“He who has begun is half done: dare to know!”
“Wisdom is not wisdom when it is derived from books alone.”
“Even as we speak, time speeds swiftly away.”
“He will always be a slave who does not know how to live upon a little.”
“He who postpones the hour of living rightly is like the rustic who waits for the river to run out before he crosses.”
“Without love and laughter there is no joy; live amid love and laughter.”
“Cease to inquire what the future has in store, and take as a gift whatever the day brings forth.”
“Life grants nothing to us mortals without hard work.”
“Why do you hasten to remove anything which hurts your eye, while if something affects your soul you postpone the cure until next year?”
“Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans. It is lovely to be silly at the right moment.”
“One wanders to the left, another to the right. Both are equally in error, but are seduced by different delusions.”
“Avoid inquisitive persons, for they are sure to be gossips, their ears are open to hear, but they will not keep what is entrusted to them.”
“We rarely find anyone who can say he has lived a happy life, and who, content with his life, can retire from the world like a satisfied guest.”
“Undeservedly you will atone for the sins of your fathers.”
“Remember when life’s path is steep to keep your mind even.”
“Seize the day, and put the least possible trust in tomorrow.”
A Poem for Today
“Advice from the Grackle,”
By Susan Elizabeth Howe
‘the seven songs’
After joy raises you into the stratosphere,
ride earth’s colors as you wheel down.
Fear backs you into a cave,
only then do you cackle and hiss.
Curse at a tornado and it might curse back.
Why kick pebbles on your enemy?
You will die without burying him.
The ascent out of despair
must be steady, slow, or your lungs
will explode, your blood boil.
Which is wisest: to endure hunger
or waddle among wolves?
From the Television Archives: “Buffalo” Bob Smith and Howdy Doody
Born 27 November 1917 – Robert Emil Schmidt, better known to a generation of American children as “Buffalo” Bob Smith, the host of the television program “Howdy Doody,” which was telecast on the NBC network from 27 December 1947 until 24 September 1960.
Spanish Art – Part I of II: Nicoletta Tomas
Here is how Spanish painter Nicoletta Tomas (born 1963) describes her artistry: “I am a self taught painter, and started my artistic career in Valencia in 1990, using in depth the pastel technique. I concentrated on different themes such as indoor motifs, city views and bullfighting scenes. At this time and since 1998 I have given my paintings a new turn, centered on the human body.
I am in a constant search for new ways of artistic expressions, both in style and means.”
From the Music Archives – Part I of II: The Beatles
27 November 1967 – The Beatles release the album “Magical Mystery Tour” in the United States.
American Art – Part II of III: Mary Qian
In the words of one writer, “Raised in China, Mary Qian is a painter of figurative subjects who basically taught herself to paint from books. She studied science and dentistry in China because it was difficult to enroll in art schools. However, she was able to study art at Brigham Young University in Utah because of the influence of friends of her parents.
In 1998, Qian graduated from there and has won many art awards including a merit award at the 2000 Springville Museum of Art ‘Spring Salon.’”
From the American Old West: The Battle of Washita River
27 November 1868 – The Battle of Washita River (also called Battle of the Washita or Washita Massacre) takes place when Lt. Colonel George Armstrong Custer’s 7th U.S. Cavalry attacks Black Kettle’s Southern Cheyenne camp on the Washita River. Black Kettle and his wife, Medicine Woman Later, were shot in the back and killed while fleeing on a pony.
In the words of one historian, “Custer probably could not have pulled off this tactical coup (at the Washita) had he not had in his possession the fifty-some women and children captives. Although not hostages in the narrowest meaning of the word, doubtlessly it occurred to Custer that the family-oriented (Cheyenne) warriors would not attack the Seventh (Cavalry) with the women and children marching in (the middle of his column).
Custer provided the military logic for tactical use of human shields in his book ‘My Life on the Plains,’ published just two years before the Battle of the Little Big Horn: ‘Indians contemplating a battle, either offensive or defensive, are always anxious to have their women and children removed from all danger…For this reason I decided to locate our (military) camp as close as convenient to (Chief Black Kettle’s Cheyenne) village, knowing that the close proximity of their women and children, and their necessary exposure in case of conflict, would operate as a powerful argument in favor of peace, when the question of peace or war came to be discussed.’”
Spanish Art – Part II of II: Alfredo Roldan
Here is how one critic describes the career of Spanish painter Alfredo Roldan (born 1965): “At the age of 22, having had no formal artistic training, he started drawing professionally, selling his work in street markets, at the same time presenting his work at major competitions, of which he won several. It was on winning the award granted by the City Council of Madrid in 1994 that he was discovered by a major gallery. His winning painting now hangs in the Museum of Modern Art, Madrid. In 1996 he was named a Member of the Senate ‘Honoris Causa’ of the Academy of Modern Art of Rome.”
Musings in Autumn: William Kittredge
“But it has been a good idea, for me, to attempt putting away the indulgence and make-believe, and try to identify some decencies to observe. I do not mean god or country, but community, which is a larger, extended version of our own selves. We are responsible; nothing is bulletproof.” – “Who Owns the West”
A Second Poem for Today
“After Arguing Against the Contention That Art Must Come From Discontent,”
By William Stafford
Whispering to each handhold, “I’ll be back,”
I go up the cliff in the dark. One place
I loosen a rock and listen a long time
till it hits, faint in the gulf, but the rush
of the torrent almost drowns it out, and the wind—
I almost forgot the wind: it tears at your side
or it waits and then buffets; you sag outward. . . .
I remember they said it would be hard. I scramble
by luck into a little pocket out of
the wind and begin to beat on the stones
with my scratched numb hands, rocking back and forth
in silent laughter there in the dark—
“Made it again!” Oh how I love this climb!
—the whispering to stones, the drag, the weight
as your muscles crack and ease on, working
right. They are back there, discontent,
waiting to be driven forth. I pound
on the earth, riding the earth past the stars:
“Made it again! Made it again!”
From the Music Archives – Part II of II: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Musings in Autumn: Chuang Tzu
“The sound of water says what I think.” ― “Chuang Tzu”
A Third Poem for Today
“After Ikkyu – #34,”
By Jim Harrison
It wasn’t until the sixth century that the Christians
decided animals weren’t part of the kingdom of heaven.
Hoof, wing, and paw can’t put money in the
These lunatic shit-brained fools excluded our
Theologians and accountants, the same thing really
evangelists on television, shadowy as viruses.
Below – David Behrens: “Animal Spirit Circle”
American Art – Part III of III: Joshua Bronaugh
In the words of one writer, “Joshua Bronaugh is an artist that is originally from many places – he spent some years in Germany, before skipping through American mountains, forests, and salt flats, landing eventually in the south. His paintings, often large in scale, focus the obsessions of memory and emotion, almost always pushing the human figure to the edges of representation and, in some instances, far into abstraction.”