19 June 2017 – Bothered in Bothell: Part XVII

Musings in Spring: Bryant McGill

“The greatest joys in life are found not only in what we do and feel, but also in our quiet hopes and labors for others.”

Art for Spring – Part I of V: Dana Clancy (American, contemporary)

Below – “Image Exchange”

Musings in Spring: Annie Dillard

“We have not yet encountered any god who is as merciful as a man who flicks a beetle over on its feet.”

Art for Spring – Part II of V: Leonor Fini (Argentinean, 1907-1996)

Below – Untitled (lithograph)

A Poem for Today

“Produce Wagon”
By Roy Scheele

The heat shimmer along our street
one midsummer midafternoon,
and wading up through it a horse’s hooves,
and each shoe raising a tongueless bell
that tolled in the neighborhood,
till the driver drew in the reins
and the horse hung its head and stood.

And something in a basket thin
as shavings (blackberries? or a ghost
of the memory of having tasted them?)
passing into my hands as mother paid,
and the man got up again,
slapping the loop from the reins,
and was off on his trundling wagon.

Art for Spring – Part III of V: Nat Finkelstein (American, contemporary)

Below – “Aenigma II Edie and Gerard”

Musings in Spring: H.L. Mencken

“The kind of man who wants the government to adopt and enforce his ideas is always the kind of man whose ideas are idiotic.”

Art for Spring – Part IV of  V: Eric Fischl (American, contemporary)

Below – Untitled (Boy in Blue Water for the Brooklyn Academy of Music)

Musings in Spring: Aditya Bhaskara

“To imbibe so much quiet is to become the music inside it.”

Art for Spring – Part V of V: Michael Flohr (American, contemporary)

Below – “Mel at the Bar”

A Second Poem for Today

“Old Houses”
By Robert Cording

Year after year after year
I have come to love slowly

how old houses hold themselves—

before November’s drizzled rain
or the refreshing light of June—

as if they have all come to agree
that, in time, the days are no longer
a matter of suffering or rejoicing.

I have come to love
how they take on the color of rain or sun
as they go on keeping their vigil

without need of a sign, awaiting nothing

more than the birds that sing from the eaves,
the seizing cold that sounds the rafters.

Contemporary American Art – Part I of II: Janet Fish

In the words of one writer, “Janet Fish was born in Boston. Her grandfather, Clark Voorhees was an American Impressionist, her father an art history teacher, and her mother, Florence Whistler Fish, a sculptor and potter.She studied sculpture and printmaking at Smith College and Skowhegan Summer School. She was one of the first women artists to receive her MFA from Yale University in 1963. Fish received her first one-woman exhibition in 1971 where her work sold out before the opening, and during the next several years became an established New York artist. Her exhibitions include: The Art Institute of Chicago, 1972 and 1974; The Whitney Museum of American Art, 1973; Brooklyn Museum, 1976; Isetan Museum, Tokoyo, 1985, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C., 1991, The American Academy of Arts and Letters, 1994.”

Below – “Pears and Autumn Leaves”; “Ordering Spring”; “Tea Pot and Apple”; “Rose Hips Nest”; “Apples and Zinnias”; “Winsom’s Shells.”


Musings in Spring: Loren Eiseley

“It is a commonplace of all religious thought, even the most primitive, that the man seeking visions and insight must go apart from his fellows and live for a time in the wilderness.”

Contemporary American Art – Part II of II: Larry Fodor

Artist Statement: ”One may spend years attempting to shed the influences that impressionable young mind’s adapt in the process of learning, but what remains is essential aesthetics, translated, hopefully into some particular voice that belongs to a tradition 30,000 years in the making.”
In the words of one writer, “Born in California with a love and curiosity for the southwest, Fodor began his artistic career by emphasizing the magic, romance, spiritualism of the Native American relationship with the environment. With a strong background in drawing and numerous fine art degrees Fodor then moved on to a more expressionistic style which remains his focus today.”

Below – “Miyaheyan”; ‘Journey Ponies”; “Pueblo Eagle”; “Buffalo Lodge”; “Grey Arrow”; “Shadow of the Earth State I.”

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