Tuesday in the Pacific Northwest – and I Think It’s Going to Rain Today

Musings in Spring: David Baldacci

“It’s been my experience that most folk who ride trains could care less where they’re going. For them it’s the journey itself and the people they meet along the way. You see, at every stop this train makes, a little bit of America, a little bit of your country, gets on and says hello. That’s why trains are so popular at Christmas. People get on to meet their country over the holidays. They’re looking for some friendship, a warm body to talk to. People don’t rush on a train, because that’s not what trains are for. How do you put a dollar value on that? What accounting line does that go on?”

Art for Spring – Part I of III: Olga Moiseeva (Russian, contemporary)

Below – From the series “Travel – 1”

A Poem for Today

“Scars”
By William Stafford

They tell how it was, and how time
came along, and how it happened
again and again. They tell
the slant life takes when it turns
and slashes your face as a friend.

Any wound is real. In church
a woman lets the sun find
her cheek, and we see the lesson:
there are years in that book; there are sorrows
a choir can’t reach when they sing.

Rows of children lift their faces of promise,
places where the scars will be.

Art for Spring – Part II of II: Alexandr Onishenko (Czech, contemporary)

Below – “Sofa”

Musings in Spring: Chris Hedges

“The moral nihilism of celebrity culture is played out on reality television shows, most of which encourage a dark voyeurism into other people’s humiliation, pain, weakness, and betrayal.”

Art for Spring – Part III of III: Jamie Wyeth (American, contemporary)

Below – “Monhegan’s Schoolteacher”

A Second Poem for Today

“Sending Messages”
By William Stafford

…and we sprawl with it
and hear another world for a minute
that is almost there.
– William Stafford (“Sending These Messages”)

Almost like the code we tried at ten
to pass notes in school, letters mailed
our parents couldn’t comprehend—

it was our bond to a separate world
composed of pages of petroglyphs
that are lost, but not secret anymore.

Ah! All the love letters dispatched
to safe places beyond longing
for days and nights of perfect dreams.

I could have been an attorney
and learn to hate language, or
an accountant with only one answer—

cop or minister weary with humans.
But the places I didn’t go is small
by comparison: the thin, outer crust

to another world inside us all,
almost impenetrable. I work
around its edges, sending messages.

Below – William Stafford

Contemporary Russian Art – Denis Oding

Painter Denis Oding was born in 1971 in Leningrad. He has been a member of the Union of Artists of Russia since 2013.

Below – “Island in the Fog”; “Somewhere near Uosing”; “Searchlights of Asgard.”

Musings in Spring: Novalis

“Philosophy is really nostalgia, the desire to be at home.”

Contemporary American Art – Sunny Pulliam

Artist Statement: “I have been asked what has been my inspiration for sculpture. Looking deeply into my own heart, I have discovered I am happiest when I am creating. Experimenting with both terra-cotta and oil based clay, I saw that each had its own special properties and value to the artist. Working in either of these mediums, I saw the possibility to capture not only the form of the human figure and its movement, but more importantly, mood and emotion. Later, as I studied bronze casting techniques, I found that the transition of my work to bronze would add many new design challenges, and a whole new dimension for the artist’s end product that could be achieved through an understanding of the patination process and its possibilities. Sculpture has become an exciting journey for me to a destination that is not yet known, but I do recognize there are some important milestones along the way. First, I must satisfy myself that a sculpture expresses the feeling I wanted to convey or tells the story I set out to tell. Next, if the sculpture captures the interest of the viewer, this lets me know that I have created something that speaks to others besides myself, and this type of communication is the most important goal of the artist.”

Below – “Gift from the Sea” (bronze); “Gentle Dreamer” (bronze); “Daydream” (bronze).

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