15 June 2017 – Bothered in Bothell: Part XIV

Musings in Spring: Jeanette Winterson

“When you are born–what you are born into, the place, the history of the place, how that history mates with your own– stamps who you are, whatever the pundits of globalisation have to say.”


Art for Spring – Part I of V: Elizabeth Estivalet (Polish, contemporary)

Below – “Les Fleurs De Printemps”


Musings in Spring: Dominic Owen Mallary

“Our lives are mere flashes of light in an infinitely empty universe. In 12 years of education the most important lesson I have learned is that what we see as ‘normal’ living is truly a travesty of our potential. In a society so governed by superficiality, appearances, and petty economics, dreams are more real than anything anything in the ‘real world’. Refuse normalcy. Beauty is everywhere, love is endless, and joy bleeds from our everyday existence. Embrace it. I love all of you, all my friends, family, and community. I am ceaselessly grateful from the bottom of my heart for everyone. The only thing I can ask of you is to stay free of materialism. Remember that every day contains a universe of potential; exhaust it. Live and love so immensely that when death comes there is nothing left for him to take.”

Art for Spring – Part II of V: Maya Evantov (Russian, contemporary)

Below – “Hillside Villa”

A Poem for Today

“Peace Lilies”
By Cathy Smith Bowers

I collect them now, it seems. Like
sea-shells or old
thimbles. One for
Father. One for

Mother. Two for my sweet brothers.
Odd how little
they require of
me. Unlike the

ones they were sent in memory
of. No sudden
shrilling of the
phone. No harried

midnight flights. Only a little
water now and
then. Scant food and
light. See how I’ve

brought them all together here in
this shaded space
beyond the stairs.
Even when they

thirst, they summon me with nothing
more than a soft,
indifferent furl-
ing of their leaves.

Art for Spring – Part III of V: Dale Evers (American, contemporary)

Below – “King Neptune” (bronze)

Musings in Spring: Marcel Proust

“There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we believe we left without having lived them, those we spent with a favorite book.”


Art for Spring – Part IV of V: Noms Faran (Israeli, contemporary)

Below – “Gymnast” (bronze)

Musings in Spring: Hubert Selby Jr.

“He looked down at the street, and the unbroken whiteness, and watched his foot touch the snow and listened to the slight crunching sound as he stepped forward. He looked back at his footprints. They were fascinating. He had been the only one to walk along this street today. There wasn’t even the mark of a dog or squirrel, or the scratch of a bird. He continued through the soft, silent snow, a feeling of peace starting to flow through him, helping make his step lighter and easier.”

Art for Spring – Part V of V: Alexandre Fassianos (Greek, contemporary)

Below – “Woman and Rose”

A Second Poem for Today

“One’s Ship Comes In”
By Joe Paddock

I swear
my way now will be
to continue without
plan or hope, to accept
the drift of things, to shift
from endless effort
to joy in, say,
that robin, plunging
into the mossy shallows
of my bird bath and
splashing madly till
the air shines with spray.
Joy it will be, say,
in Nancy, pretty in pink
and rumpled T-shirt,
rubbing sleep from her eyes, or
joy even in
just this breathing, free
of fright and clutch, knowing
how one’s ship comes in
with each such breath.


Contemporary British Art – Roy Fairchild-Woodard

In the words of one writer, “Roy Fairchild-Woodard is particularly influenced by the painters of the Renaissance. Fairchild visits Italy in particular to study frescos, tapestries and paintings, to see for him the techniques with which they were executed. Fairchild’s vision is colored by his immersion in the past. His surfaces are rich and sumptuous. He uses varied interwoven elements such as fabrics and flowers in his work. The crumbling plaster works of ancient frescos are, also alluded to in his use of plaster, as a base for acrylic and oil over-painting.”

Below – “Just Dreaming”; “Learning to Fly”; “Oh Holder of Dreams”; “For You”; “Like a Quiet Angel”; “Longing.”


Musings in Spring: Charles Bukowski

“For those who believe in God, most of the big questions are answered. But for those of us who can’t readily accept the God formula, the big answers don’t remain stone-written. We adjust to new conditions and discoveries. We are pliable. Love need not be a command nor faith a dictum. I am my own god. We are here to unlearn the teachings of the church, state, and our educational system. We are here to drink beer. We are here to kill war. We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.”


Contemporary American Art – Alina Eydel

In the words of one writer, “Alina Eydel was born in Kiev, but has lived in the US for over 20 years, is one of the most unique young artists of our time. Not only does she stand out with her original and fervently creative ideas, Eydel also invented a unique technique, which she calls Mosaic on Canvas. Rather than using traditional mosaics, she gives her figurative, acrylic-on-canvas paintings a modern and unique twist, incorporating precious and semi-precious materials, which already imply treasure in themselves, and gluing and varnishing glass beads, Swarovsky crystals, fresh-water pearls, corals, and turquoise. The result is spectacular. Each painting shimmers like a sea of gemstones. ‘Mosaic on canvas’ evolved from the customary acrylic paintings with which she engaged herself as a child; however, as her concept developed, it required this particular mixed media approach. The unexpected textures that Eydel uses in her paintings add an ethereal sparkle, transforming the works into painted pieces of jewelry. Accordingly, Eydel calls her pieces ‘jewelry for walls.’ Such a multidimensionality of texture is intrinsically surreal; each piece is both a painting and jewelry at once. Each piece is also a painting and a mosaic.”

Below – “Mediterranean Glamour: Barcelona” (acrylic on canvas, glass bead mosaic);”Dreaming of Fireworks” (acrylic on canvas, Swarovsky crystals); “Art Deco Inspired #2” (acrylic on canvas, glass bead mosaic, silver leaf); “Silk III” (mixed media on canvas, faux gold with bold beaded detail); “Butterfly Kiss” (acrylic and mixed media mosaic on canvas); “Blue Crown” (acrylic and mixed media mosaic on canvas).

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