10 November 2017 – Beleaguered in Bothell

Musings in Autumn: Jim Harrison

“He did recall that the summer after graduating from college before he joined the state police he had read Shakespeare. It was the pure language that stupefied him. He would be in a diner reading A ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and his acquaintances were confident he was studying for some test. The test turned out to be the nature of his mind. Shakespeare seemed even truer than history. Literature was against the abyss while history wallowed in it.”

Below – William Blake: “Oberon, Titania and Puck with Fairies Dancing”

Art for Autumn – Part I of IV: Will Caldwell (American, contemporary)

Below – “Coca Cola”


For Your Information: 10 November is National Vanilla Cupcake Day in the United States.

Art for Autumn – Part II of IV: Claude Cambour (French, contemporary)

Below – “La Geranium Rouge”


Remembering a Writer on the Date of His Death: Died 10 November 1891 – Arthur Rimbaud, a French poet and writer.

Some quotes from the work of Arthur Rimbaud:

“Genius is the recovery of childhood at will.”
“I turned silences and nights into words. What was unutterable, I wrote down. I made the whirling world stand still.”
“But, truly, I have wept too much! The Dawns are heartbreaking. Every moon is atrocious and every sun bitter.”
“Love…no such thing.
Whatever it is that binds families and married couples together, that’s not love. That’s stupidity or selfishness or fear. Love doesn’t exist.
Self interest exists, attachment based on personal gain exists, complacency exists. But not love. Love has to be reinvented, that’s certain.”
“Idle youth, enslaved to everything; by being too sensitive I have wasted my life.”
“Life is the farce we are all forced to endure.”
“True alchemy lies in this formula: ‘Your memory and your senses are but the nourishment of your creative impulse.’”


Art for Autumn – Part III of IV: Enrico Campagnola (Italian, 1911-1984)

Below – “Femme Avec Guitare”


Worth a Thousand Words: Dawn in the Great Smoky Mountains.

Art for Autumn – Part IV of IV: Sandra Jones Campbell (American, contemporary)

Below – “Beach Scene”; “Fairy Tale; Just a Babe in the Woods”; “Drinks at the Club”; “Sunbather”


Remembering a Writer on the Date of His Birth: Born 10 November 1913 – Karl Shapiro, an American poet.

“Manhole Covers”
By Karl Shapiro

The beauty of manhole covers–what of that?
Like medals struck by a great savage khan,
Like Mayan calendar stones, unliftable, indecipherable,
Not like the old electrum, chased and scored,
Mottoed and sculptured to a turn,
But notched and whelked and pocked and smashed
With the great company names
(Gentle Bethlehem, smiling United States).
This rustproof artifact of my street,
Long after roads are melted away will lie
Sidewise in the grave of the iron-old world,
Bitten at the edges,
Strong with its cryptic American,
Its dated beauty.

American Art – William Merritt Chase

In the words of one writer, “William Merritt Chase (November 1, 1849 – October 25, 1916) was an American painter, known as an exponent of Impressionism and as a teacher. He is also responsible for establishing the Chase School, which later would become Parsons The New School for Design.”

Below – “A Sunny Dat at Shinnecock Bay”; “Girl in a Japanese Costume”; “In the Studio”; “The Song”; “First Touch of Autumn”; “Landscape, Shinnecock, Long Island.”

Musings in Autumn: Mary Oliver

“Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh & exciting – over & over announcing your place in the family of things.”

Contemporary American Art – Dario Campanile

In the words of one writer, “Dario Campanile started to sketch as a very young child. At the age of six, his talent for art was encouraged with the gift of a small set of watercolors from an uncle, himself a painter. At the age of eighteen, Dario had the good fortune to meet Giorgio de Chirico, the Italian master of metaphysical art. Dario showed him some paintings and asked if he should attend art school. De Chirico counseled the young painter to simply experiment and continue discovering his own techniques. Inspired by this encounter, Dario found that his own hard work and discipline proved to be his best teachers. Dario Campanile continued to work full time on his art, and by the time he was twenty, he was successfully exhibiting his paintings in the Galleria Esedera in Rome, and attracting the attention of international collectors. After moving to Los Angeles in 1973, Dario experienced great commercial success, and explored new directions in his art. Campanile worked with clay sculpture, cast paper sculpting and cast paper bas-relief.”

Below – “Seawind”; “Portrait of a Young Girl” (cast paper bas relief); “Evolution of Psyche”; “Tara”; “Helena Rising” (cast paper); “Offering.”

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