From the Pacific Northwest – Part LIV

A Poem for Today

“There is no frigate like a book”
By Emily Dickinson

There is no Frigate like a Book
To take us Lands away,
Nor any Coursers like a Page
Of prancing Poetry – 
This Traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of Toll – 
How frugal is the Chariot
That bears a Human soul.

Musings in Winter: Aleksandar Hemon

“I gradually became aware that my interiority was inseparable from my exteriority, that the geography of my city was the geography of my soul.”

Art for Winter – Part I of III: Leslie Price Thompson (American, 1880-1963)

Below – “Still Life with Fruit and Figurine”

Musings in Winter: Toni Robinson

“Horses change lives. They give out young people confidence and self-esteem. They provide peace and tranquility to troubled souls, they give us hope.”

Art for Winter – Part II of III: Mary Bradish Titcomb (American, 1858-1927)

Below – “Boats at Nantucket, Massachusetts”

Musings in Winter: Amy Miller

“There is no greater gift of love than that of an animal choosing to share part of his soul’s journey here with you.”

Art for Winter – Part III of III: Ross Sterling Turner (American, 1847-1915)

Below – “Fruit and Wine Bottle”

A Second Poem for Today

“Lost Illusions”
By Georgia Douglas Johnson

Oh, for the veils of my far away youth,
Shielding my heart from the blaze of the truth,
Why did I stray from their shelter and grow
Into the sadness that follows—to know!

Impotent atom with desolate gaze
Threading the tumult of hazardous ways—
Oh, for the veils, for the veils of my youth
Veils that hung low o’er the blaze of the truth!

British Art – Sir John Lavery

In the words of one writer, “Sir John Lavery (1856-1941) was a well-known Irish-born British painter associated with the Glasgow Boys, a group of artists who followed the French En plein air movement.”

A Third Poem for Today

“The Secret”
By Denise Levertov

Two girls discover
the secret of life
in a sudden line of
poetry.

I who don’t know the
secret wrote
the line. They
told me

(through a third person)
they had found it
but not what it was
not even

what line it was. No doubt
by now, more than a week
later, they have forgotten
the secret,

the line, the name of
the poem. I love them
for finding what
I can’t find,

and for loving me
for the line I wrote,
and for forgetting it
so that

a thousand times, till death
finds them, they may
discover it again, in other
lines

in other
happenings. And for
wanting to know it,
for

assuming there is
such a secret, yes,
for that
most of all.

Italian Art – Peter Demetz

Peter Demetz (born 1969) is a figurative wood sculptor who lives and works in Ortisei.

Musings in Winter: Cormac McCarthy

“That night he dreamt of horses in a field on a high plain where the spring rains had brought up the grass and the wildflowers out of the ground and the flowers ran all blue and yellow far as the eye could see and in the dream he was among the horses running and in the dream he himself could run with the horses and they coursed the young mares and fillies over the plain where their rich bay and their rich chestnut colors shone in the sun and the young colts ran with their dams and trampled down the flowers in a haze of pollen that hung in the sun like powdered gold and they ran he and the horses out along the high mesas where the ground resounded under their running hooves and they flowed and changed and ran and their manes and tails blew off of them like spume and there was nothing else at all in that high world and they moved all of them in a resonance that was like a music among them and they were none of them afraid neither horse nor colt nor mare and they ran in that resonance which is the world itself and which cannot be spoken but only praised.”

American Art – Part I of II: Michele Byrne

In the words of one writer, “Michele Byrne is recognized for her figurative plein air work and in recent years for her dynamic palette knife paintings.
She lives and works in Reading, Pennsylvania. However, she travels extensively, painting in various locations including, Manhattan, Paris, California, Colorado and Key West, Florida. Michele was a Faculty Demonstrator for the Annual PleinAir Convention in Monterey, CA in April of 2014.
 Byrne has won numerous awards in her plein air and studio work including most recently an Award of Excellence with the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters in 2016.  Painting in plein air is not just a passion for Michele it is a dedication.  The artist must make decisions about time of day, direction of light and inclusion of figures despite that in front of you everything is changing.  The decisions allow the artist to paint dynamically with light and air as a part of the final image.”

Below – “First Snow”; “Autumn Sunlight”; “Star-Spangled on Overhill”; “Chanticleer Morning Chat”; “Rain on Penn”; “Morning Reflections.”

Musings in Winter: Ransom Riggs

“Stars, too, were time travelers. How many of those ancient points of light were the last echoes of suns now dead? How many had been born but their light not yet come this far? If all the suns but ours collapsed tonight, how many lifetimes would it take us to realize we were alone? I had always known the sky was full of mysteries—but not until now had I realized how full of them the earth was.”

American Art – Part II of II: Michael Mentler

In the words of one writer, “Michael Mentler of Dallas,TX studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Layton School of Art in Milwaukee and Washington University in Saint Louis, where he taught figure drawing and design.”

Below – “Rimi Di Vita 11”; “Rimi Di Vita 15”; “Quod Erat Demonstrandum 7”; “Dissenso – Triptych”; “Tre Grazie 27”; “Rimi Di Vita1.”

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