13 August 2017 – Beleaguered in Bothell

Musings in Summer: Confucius

“In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.”

Art for Summer – Part I of VI: Marcel Mouly (French, 1918-2008)

Below – “Jeune Femme au Geuribon”

Musings in Summer: Seneca (4 BCE- 65 CE)

“The time will come when diligent research over long periods will bring to light things which now lie hidden. A single lifetime, even though entirely devoted to the sky, would not be enough for the investigation of so vast a subject… And so this knowledge will be unfolded only through long successive ages. There will come a time when our descendants will be amazed that we did not know things that are so plain to them… Many discoveries are reserved for ages still to come, when memory of us will have been effaced.”

Below – Bust of Seneca,, part of the Double Herm of Socrates and Seneca (200-250).

Art for Summer – Part II of VI: Igor Mouslimov

Below – “Crystal Vase on Blue Background”; “Crystal Vase”


A Poem for Today

“MRI”
By Jackie Fox

It thuds and clanks
like tennis shoes
in a dryer, only
I am the shoe,
sour, damp and
wedged into
the narrow
metal tube,
heart clanging.

Art for Summer – Part III of VI: Kristian Mumford (Australian, contemporary)

Below – “Mermaid Has Climbed To Shore She Awaits For The Prince Who Will Bring Immortality”; “Gifts of Light and Landscape”; “Have I Told You Lately”


Musings in Summer: George Santayana

“The contemporary world has turned its back on the attempt and even on the desire to live reasonably.”

Art for Summer – Part IV of VI: Don Munz (American, contemporary)

Below – “Enfilade”


Musings in Summer: Annie Dillard

“Children…wake up and find themselves here, discover themselves to have been here all along; is this sad? They wake like sleepwalkers, in full stride,; they wake like people brought back from cardiac arrest or from drowning: in medias res, surrounded by familiar people and objects, equipped with a hundred skills. They know the neighborhood, they can read and write English, they are old hands at the commonplace mysteries, and yet they feel themselves to have just stepped off the boat, just converged with their bodies, just flown down from a trance, to lodge in an eerily familiar life already well underway.”


Art for Summer – Part V of VI: Elaine Murphy (American, contemporary)

Below – “Into the Blue”; “Eclipse”

A Second Poem for Today

“Bowling in Heaven”
By Emily Ransdell

Like newlyweds,
my parents slip out of their clothes.
He puts aside the sweater I chose
for him, she undoes her pearls.

They rise up from their old ailments,
their fears of falling, broken hips
and other bad news.
Now they dance
barefoot in their living room,
go bowling on a whim.
They garden all day without pain,
calling out like songbirds,
come see the hollyhocks,
they have grown so tall!

Nights, they lie down
like dolls and their sleepless eyes
glide closed. They seem so eager
for morning, I pray they will find each other
again and again.

Below – Rosalind Bieber: “Old couple walking on the sand”

Art for Summer – Part VI of VI: Tadashi Nakayama (Japanese, contemporary)

Below – “Horse in the Thunder”; Untitled Woodblock Print; “Horse Orb”


Musings in Summer: Yasunari Kawabata

“Time flows in the same way for all human beings; every human being flows through time in a different way.”

Contemporary Kazakhstan Art – Vladimir Mukhin

In the words of one writer, “Vladimir Mukhin’s works instantly win you over with their lyricism, refined lines, light and energy, combining rich dynamics of impressionism and traditional academic painting. Vladimir Mukhin’s works are appreciated both by professional artists and art lovers worldwide. Master works can be found in galleries and private collections in Russia, USA, Canada, France, China and Australia. After training at the Penza Art School, Mukhin, an aspiring artist, entered and successfully graduated from the famous Russian Academy of Painting.”

Below – “Swan’s Song”; “Jive”; “Rio Carnival”; “Tsarevna”; “Mermaid”; “Artemis”; “Venetian Dreams”; “Fairytale.”

Musings in Summer: Paul Bowles

“I’ve always wanted to get as far as possible from the place where I was born. Far both geographically and spiritually. To leave it behind … I feel that life is very short and the world is there to see and one should know as much about it as possible. One belongs to the whole world, not just one part of it.”

American Art – Patrick Nagel (1945-1984)

In the words of one writer, Patrick Nagel was born in Dayton, Ohio, but was brought up in the Los Angeles area, where he spent most of his life. He studied art at Chouinard Art Institute, and in 1969 received Nagel’s Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from California State University at Fullerton. Beginning in 1976, Patrick Nagel began contributing regularly to Playboy, which extended the exposure and popularity of ‘the Nagel Woman’ to a huge and loyal audience. In 1978, he created his first poster image for Mirage Editions. He also painted the cover of rock group Duran Duran’s Rio album, which became the number one album in the world photograph, Nagel would create a simplified drawing, the translate the drawing to a painting — always ‘simplifying, working to get more across with fewer elements,’ notes Elena Millie. Bold, dark lines shape perspective out of flat, cool colours and stark white spaces; the result is what some have described as ‘fantasy realism’.”

Below – “Paper Mill”; “Piedmont Book Company”; “Mirage”; “Venetian Lady”; Untitled Watercolor (Woman with Deer); “Diptych.”

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