From the Pacific Northwest – Part LXXVI

Musings in Winter: Cormac McCarthy

“Wrap me in the weathers of the earth, I will be hard and hard. My face will wash rain like the stones.”

Art for Winter – Part I of III: Armen Gasparian (Russian, contemporary)

Below – “Libra”

Musings in Winter: Pablo Neruda

“It’s well known that he who returns never left,”

Art for Winter – Part II of III: Frank Ferrante (American, contemporary)

Below – “Toward Pikes Peak”

A Poem for Today

“How These Words Happened”
By William Stafford

In winter, in the dark hours, when others
were asleep, I found these words and put them
together by their appetites and respect for
each other. In stillness, they jostled. The traded
meanings while pretending to have only one.

Monstrous alliances never dreamed of before
began. Sometimes they lost. Never again
do they separate in this world. They are
together. They have a fidelity that no
purpose of pretense can even break.

And all of this happens like magic to the words
in those dark hours when others sleep.

Art for Winter – Part III of III: Andrew Wyeth (American, 1917-2009)

Below – “Master Bedroom”

Musings in Winter: Peter Hien

“How instructive
is a star!
It can teach us
from afar
just how small
each other are.”

A Second Poem for Today

“Flood”
By Eliza Griswold

I woke to a voice within the room. perhaps.
The room itself: “You’re wasting this life
expecting disappointment.”
I packed my bag in the night
and peered in its leather belly
to count the essentials.
Nothing is essential.
To the east, the flood has begun.
Men call to each other on the water
for the comfort of voices.
Love surprises us.
It ends.

Below – Franca Franchi: “Far, Far Away”

Contemporary Russian Art – Part I of II: Yaroslav Gerzhedovich

In the words of one writer, “Russian artist Yaroslav Gerzhedovich prefers to make his paintings in dark colours, creating haunting, often monochrome images, which recall barrens and something mystical. Following the traditions of classical art and ‘fantasy’ style, the author paints images of other worlds and times, exciting the imagination of his numerous fans, who download his images constantly.”

Below – “Among the Stones”; “Questions & Answers”; “Place Where Dreams Burn”; “The Departing”; “Portrait of a Woman”; “Entrance.”

Musings in Winter: Sylvia Dolson

“Walk in kindness toward the Earth and every living being. Without kindness and compassion for all of Mother Nature’s creatures, there can be no true joy; no internal peace, no happiness. Happiness flows from caring for all sentient beings as if they were your own family, because in essence they are. We are all connected to each other and to the Earth.”

A Third Poem for Today

“In the Library”
By William Stafford

You are reading a book, and think you know
the end, but others can’t wait—they crowd
on the shelves, breathing. You stop and look around.
It is the best time: evening is coming,
a bronze haze has captured the sun,
lights down the street come on.

You turn the page carefully. Over your shoulder
another day has watched what you do
and written it down in that book
you can’t read till all the pages are done.

Contemporary Russian Art – Part II of II: Larisa Golubeva

In the words of one writer, “ In 1989 she graduated from the Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture named after I. Repin
Member of the Greci-Marino International Academy, Italy
Member of Accademia Severiade, Milan, Italy
Member of Neuer Sachsischer Kunstverein (New Saxon Art Union, Dresden).”

Below – “Road”; “Sleeplessness”; “Morning”; “In a Train”; “Interior”; “Power Line.”

Musings in Winter: Cormac McCarthy

“The immappable world of our journey. A pass in the mountains. A bloodstained stone. The marks of steel upon it. Names carved in the corrosible lime among stone fishes and ancient shells. Things dimmed and dimming. The dry sea floor. The tools of migrant hunters. The dreams encased upon the blades of them. The peregrine bones of a prophet. The silence. The gradual extinction of rain. The coming of night.”

Below – Valentina: “The Coming of Night”

A Fourth Poem for Today

“Return”
By Robinson Jeffers

A little too abstract, a little too wise,
It is time for us to kiss the earth again,
It is time to let the leaves rain from the skies,
Let the rich life run to the roots again.
I will go to the lovely Sur Rivers
And dip my arms in them up to the shoulders.
I will find my accounting where the alder leaf quivers
In the ocean wind over the river boulders.
I will touch things and things and no more thoughts,
That breed like mouthless May-flies darkening the sky,
The insect clouds that blind our passionate hawks
So that they cannot strike, hardly can fly.
Things are the hawk’s food and noble is the mountain, Oh noble
Pico Blanco, steep sea-wave of marble.

Below – Pico Blanco

Contemporary American Art – Part I of II: Veryl Goodnight

Artist Statement: “I was born loving animals and the American West, this has been the focus of my art for over three decades. Working from life was initially an excuse to be outdoors and near the horses, birds, and many other animals that shared my life. The reality, however, is that having a living, breathing model nearby not only provides information that a thousand photos couldn’t convey, it keeps me excited. Working from life also keeps me from becoming repetitious. The subtle differences of each living being have become my passion, whether I am sculpting or painting.”

Below – “Running the Chaparral” (bronze); “Old Blue” (bronze); “Emergence” (bronze); “Dinner Bell” (oil on board); “A New Beginning” (bronze); “Fall Harvest” (bronze).

Musings in Winter: Munia Khan

“Dust is the parent of a star!”

Contemporary American Art – Part II of II: Tony Eubanks

In the words of one writer, “Tony Eubanks’ talent is recognized and understood in the genre of contemporary western painting. With a background in illustration, Tony remains a very diversified painter; he believes that most illustrators are taught to have a wide range of interest so it is a natural follow-through for him as a painter. Years of travel have also greatly equipped Tony to expand his realm of subject matter, although he is well-known for his western subjects which include figurative, landscape, pueblo Indians and cowboys. Formal training for Tony includes a B.A. Degree from North Texas State University and advanced studies at the Art Center in Los Angeles. Having been born in Texas, Tony and wife Brenda, still reside in the state. He currently lives in Clifton, in the beautiful hill country of Bosque County.”

Below – “Gallantin River”; “Mr. Austin’s Cow”; “Old Tree and Fence”; “Bosque County Farm”; “Old Timers”; “Fall Sumac.”

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