11 August 2017 – Beleaguered in Bothell

Musings in Summer: Walt Whitman

“This is what you shall do; Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body.”

Art for Summer – Part I of V: Andre Minaux (French, 1923-1986)

Below – “La Robe Rouge”; “Les Deux Amies”

Musings in Summer: Zeena Schreck

“Nostalgia is an illness
for those who haven’t realized
that today
is tomorrow’s nostalgia.”

Art for Summer – Part II of V: Alexandre Minguet (French, contemporary)

Below – “Flowers, Space, and Time”

Musings in Summer: Annie Dillard

“People love the good not much less than the beautiful, and the happy as well, or even just the living, for the world of it all, and heart’s home.”

Art for Summer – Part III of V: Max Weber (German, 1864-1920)

Below – “Summer”

A Poem for Today

By Shari Wagner

It begins in a cow lane
with bees and white clover,
courses along corn, rushes
‘accelerando’ against rocks.
It rises to a teetering pitch
as I cross a shaky tree-bridge,
syncopates a riff
over the dissonance
of trash—derelict icebox
with a missing door,
mohair loveseat sinking
into thistle. It winds through green
adder’s mouth, faint as the bells
of Holsteins heading home.
Blue shadows lengthen,
but the undertow
of a harmony pulls me on
through raspy Joe-pye-weed
and staccato-barbed fence.
It hums in a culvert
beneath cars, then empties
into a river that flows oboe-deep
past Indian dance ground, waterwheel
and town, past the bleached
stones in the churchyard,
the darkening hill.

Below – Sven Birger Sandzen: “Creek at Twilight”

Art for Summer – Part IV of V: Fran Mlinar (Croatian, contemporary)

Below – “Early Morning Light”

Musings in Summer: May Sarton

“Keep busy with survival. Imitate the trees. Learn to lose in order to recover, and remember nothing stays the same for long, not even pain. Sit it out. Let it all pass. Let it go.”

Art for Summer – Part V of V: Kobus Moller (Zimbabwean, contemporary)

Below – “Elephant”; “Zebra”

Musings in Summer: Mary Oliver

“Instructions for living a life.
Pay attention.
Be astonished.
Tell about it.”

Contemporary Mexican Art – Victoria Montesinos

In the words of one writer, “Victoria Montesinos was born in Mexico and is the only daughter of the well-known movie director, Fernando A. Rivero, and Maty Humana. When barely three years old, Victoria was sent to live with her grandparents. She loved to draw from her early childhood. By the time Victoria was twelve she had the opportunity to paint with Jose Bardasano, the great Spanish painter who had arrived in Mexico as a refugee from the Spanish Civil War. She studied with Bardasano for five years. In late 1983, Victoria moved to New York to work with one of the largest galleries in the United States to study developing high quality lithographic works. During that period, Victoria’s talent became widely recognized in the US. Victoria decided to return to Mexico in the late 1980’s. She worked ardently in her homeland and developed an outstanding new style. Through her oil paintings and serigraphs on textiles she gained fame and recognition. In the mid-1990’s, Victoria signed new contracts to work with various galleries in the United States. When Montisenos returned to New York she decided to make flowers the focus of her attention. Montesinos was captured by their beauty and described them as an incredible way for nature to show the infinity of existing colors. Vicky Montesinos executed her idea brilliantly through her magnificent brush, great skill, and abundant creative passion.”

Below – “Sensual Blues”; “Woman with Green Hat”; “Primavera”; “Peaceful Fields of Light”; “Isadora”; “Nude.”

Musings in Summer: Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“The first stars tremble as if shimmering in green water. Hours must pass before their glimmer hardens into the frozen glitter of diamonds. I shall have a long wait before I witness the soundless frolic of the shooting stars. In the profound darkness of certain nights I have seen the sky streaked with so many trailing sparks that it seemed to me a great gale must be blowing through the outer heavens.”

Contemporary American Art – Ron Mondz

In the words of one writer, “Ron Mondz is a contemporary artist specializing in works of brilliant color and eloquent delivery. His pieces are avidly collected by art lovers worldwide. Ron Mondz’ impressionistic/neoclassical style brings together the rich traditions of Raphael and Michelangelo, with the delicate touch of Seurat, Monet and Renoir. Ron Mondz’ paintings bond the timeless beauty of the classics with the open-air traditions of impressionism. With an ant-like patience, Mondz’ paintings reveal thousands of individual dots of paint. The brushstrokes are not juxtaposed, but rather arranged in small layers and linked like threads of fabric. Mondz uses slow, precise brushstrokes to gradually create the delicacy of the feminine outline.”

Below – “Mt Fuji Whispers”; “Dance of the Koi”; “Marina Delivery”; “After the Ride”; “Monterey on the Rocks”; “Ancient Beliefs.”

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