17 May 2017 – Another Dreary Wednesday

Musings in Spring: Robert Frost

“The afternoon knows what the morning never suspected.”

Below – Jennifer Gabbay: “The Afternoon Knows What the Morning Never Suspected”

Art for Spring – Part I of IV: Elton Bennet (American, 1910-1974)

Below – “The Ferns”

A Poem for Today

“Nightmare”
By Melissa Balmain

Your TV cable’s on the fritz.
Your Xbox is corroded.
Your iPod sits in useless bits.
Your Game Boy just imploded.

Your cell phone? Static’s off the scale.
Your land line? Disconnected.
You’ve got no mail—E, junk or snail.
Your hard drive is infected.

So here you idle, dumb and blue,
with children, spouse and mother—
and wish you knew what people do
to entertain each other.

Art for Spring – Part II of IV: Olivia Bennett (American, contemporary)

Below – “Sunshine Sunflower”

Musings in Spring: George MacDonald

“Certainly work is not always required of a man. There is such a thing as a sacred idleness, the cultivation of which is now fearfully neglected.”

Art for Spring – Part III of IV: Frank Weston Benson (American, 1862-1951)

Below – “Woodcock”

A Second Poem for Today

“Strewn”
By Barbara Crooker

It’d been a long winter, rags of snow hanging on; then, at the end
of April, an icy nor’easter, powerful as a hurricane. But now
I’ve landed on the coast of Maine, visiting a friend who lives
two blocks from the ocean, and I can’t believe my luck,
out this mild morning, race-walking along the strand.
Every dog within fifty miles is off-leash, running
for the sheer dopey joy of it. No one’s in the water,
but walkers and shellers leave their tracks on the hardpack.
The flat sand shines as if varnished in a painting. Underfoot,
strewn, are broken bits and pieces, deep indigo mussels, whorls
of whelk, chips of purple and white wampum, hinges of quahog,
fragments of sand dollars. Nothing whole, everything
broken, washed up here, stranded. The light pours down, a rinse
of lemon on a cold plate. All of us, broken, some way
or other. All of us dazzling in the brilliant slanting light.

Art for Spring – Part IV of IV: Stephen Bergstrom (American, contemporary)

Below – “Table for Two”

A Third Poem for Today

“The Old Poets of China”
By Mary Oliver

“Wherever I am, the world comes after me.

It offers me its busyness. It does not believe

that I do not want it. Now I understand

why the old poets of China went so far and high

into the mountains, then crept into the pale mist.”

Contemporary Armenian Art – Ara Berberyan

In the words of one writer, “The son of a distinguished artist, and Professor of Art & Design, Ara Berberyan (Arbe) earned the praise for his artistic talents as a youth, and by the age of 12 Arbe had his first Exhibition…When Arbe was older he was invited to matriculate into the University of Art & Design in Yerevan, Armenia. Although it was complicated to find books from the west, Arbe managed to attain and study those of the artists he appreciated most: Dali, Picasso, Titian, Rembrandt, and Klimt. As a scholar of art & design books on Klimt particularly motivated him. He earned his Masters Degree in 1981 and quickly began his career as a fine artist by accommodating government commissions for murals at the Yerevan Airport, theaters, hotels and other government projects.”

Below – “Love Song”; “Lyrical Transportation”; “Gentle Soul”; “Dreaming”; “Watching Over You”; “Maiden in Red”; “This Is the Moment”; “Oracle.”

Musings in Spring: Jack London

“But especially he loved to run in the dim twilight of the summer midnights, listening to the subdued and sleepy murmurs of the forest, reading signs and sounds as a man may read a book, and seeking for the mysterious something that called — called, waking or sleeping, at all times, for him to come.”

Contemporary American Art – Sarah Woods

In the words of one writer, “Sarah grew up in Wyoming, and graduated from the University of Wyoming. She has often attributed her painting style to life at high altitude. Her colors are crisp and bold, her lighting is dramatic, just like the landscapes and wildlife she has spent her life watching. Sarah now lives high in the mountains of South Central Colorado with her husband and two daughters. It is an area of sparse population and incredible scenic beauty. Their home lies in one of Colorado’s richest and most diverse wildlife areas for elk, deer, pronghorn, bighorn sheep and black bear. Her high altitude painting style has earned her numerous awards and recognition.”

Below – “Colorado Colors”; “Aspen Eyes”; “Echo Basin”; “Legacy of the West”; “Winter Shapes”; “Life at the Top.”

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