11 November 2017 – Beleaguered in Bothell

Musings in Autumn: Annie Dillard

“There is always an enormous temptation to diddle around making itsy-bitsy friends and meals and journeys for itsy-bitsy years on end.”


Art for Autumn – Part I of III: Edson Campos (Brazilian/American, contemporary)

Below – “Nude with Statue”; “Klimt Studio”; “Kimono”; “Rising Sun”; “Nightfall”

Worth a Thousand Words: Saturn’s moon Titan.

Art for Autumn – Part II of III: Kitty Cantrell (American, contemporary)

Below – “Yellowstone Wolves” (bound bronze); “Surfacing Whales” (various metals encased in lucite); “Nitro” (resin)


For Your Information: 11 November is National Sundae Day in the United States.


Art for Autumn – Part III of III: Howard Carr (American, contemporary)

Below – “Hot Hill”; “Winding Through”; “Shallow Waves”

A Poem for Today

“As The Poems Go”
By Charles Bukowski

as the poems go into the thousands you
realize that you’ve created very
little.
it comes down to the rain, the sunlight,
the traffic, the nights and the days of the
years, the faces.
leaving this will be easier than living
it, typing one more line now as
a man plays a piano through the radio,
the best writers have said very
little
and the worst,
far too much.

This Date in Art History: Born 11 November 1858 – Jean-Edouard Vuillard, a French painter and printmaker.

Below – “Two Seamstresses in the Workroom”; “Le corsage raye”; “Garden at Vaucresson”; “The Table”; “Breakfast”; “Le Grand Teddy.”

Remembering a Photographer on the Date of His Death: Died 11 November 1985 – Arthur Rothstein, an American photographer. In the words of one writer, “Rothstein is recognized as one of America’s premier photojournalists. During a career that spanned five decades, he provoked, entertained and informed the American people. His photographs ranged from a hometown baseball game to the drama of war, from struggling rural farmers to US Presidents.”

Below – In the words of one writer, “Perhaps Rothstein’s most famous photo, and an icon of the Dust Bowl: a farmer and his two sons during a dust storm in Cimarron County, Oklahoma, 1936.”

This Date in Art History: Born 11 November 1911 – Roberto Matta, a Chilean abstract expressionist and surrealist painter.

Below – “Panarea Jazz”; “On the Edge of a Dream”; “Birth of Spring”; “The Truth of Alienated Life’s Existence”; “Jazz”; “Children’s Fear of Idols.”

Musings in Autumn: Zenkei Shibayama

“Certainly human culture may have achieved great progress in the course of history. Suffering and unhappiness in the human world, however, do not seem to have decreased. The present situation of our world is so full of poverty, distrust, diseases, strife, that there seems to be no end. Hundreds and thousands of great men admired as saints and sages have appeared in the world in the past, and they have devoted their lives for the betterment of the world. Human suffering and unhappiness, however, do not seem to have decreased or ended. Over and over again they repeatedly, thanklessly endeavoured to fill up the well with snow. The true life of Zen is found here, when we all become true Great Fools and calmly and nonchalantly keep on doing our best, realizing well that our efforts will never be rewarded.”

American Art – Emma Lampert Cooper

In the words of one writer, “Emma Lampert Cooper (February 24, 1855 – July 30, 1920) was a painter from Rochester, New York, described as ‘a painter of exceptional ability’…Cooper won awards at several World’s Expositions, taught art and was an art director. She met her husband, Colin Campbell Cooper in the Netherlands and the two traveled, painted and exhibited their works together.”

Below – “The Breadwinner”; “Spring Landscape”; “Stone House”; “Capri”; “Market Scene”; “Below the Dyke, Holland.”

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