Beleaguered in Bothell – 13 November 2017

Musings in Autumn: Camille Paglia

“We must accept our pain
Change what we can
and laugh at the rest”

Below – David Fernandez Saez: “Minicuadro”


Art for Autumn – Part I of V: Bernard Cathelin (French, 1919-2004)

Below – “Au Fond Noir”; Untitled

For Your Information: 13 November is National Indian Pudding Day in the United States.

Art for Autumn – Part II of V: Miguel Garcia Ceballos (Mexican, contemporary)

Below – “La Jungla”; “Cat and the Butterfly”


Musings in Autumn: Thomas Berger

“If you want to really relax sometime, just fall to rock bottom and you’ll be a happy man. Most all troubles come from having standards.”

Below – Richard Lithgow: “Stampede”

Art for Autumn – Part III of V: Yehouda Chaki (Greek, contemporary)

Below – “Spring Landscape”; “Landscape”

Worth a Thousand Words: Kluane Lake, Yukon Territory.

Art for Autumn – Part IV of V: Ann Chamberlin (American, 1951-2008)

Below – “Floating Brides”; “Men with Hoops”

Musings in Autumn: Jim Harrison

“All our progress of luxury and knowledge . . . we have not been lifted by as much as an inch above the level of the darkest ages . . . The last hundred years have wrought no change in the passions, the cruelties, and the barbarous impulses of mankind. There is no change from the savagery of the Middle Ages. We enter a new century equipped with every wonderful device of science and art but the pirate, the savage, and the tyrant still survives.”

Below – Faith Ringold: “American People Series #20: Die”

Art for Autumn – Part V of V: Ron Chapel (American, contemporary)

Below – “Ghost Wolf’s Head” (bronze); “Companions” (stainless steel and marble)


Remembering a Writer on the Date of His Birth: Born 13 November 1850 – Robert Louis Stevenson, a popular and critically-acclaimed British novelist, poet, and travel writer.

“Requiem”
By Robert Louis Stevenson

Under the wide and starry sky
Dig the grave and let me lie.
Glad did I live and gladly die,
And I laid me down with a will.

This be the verse you grave for me;
“Here he lies where he longed to be,
Home is the sailor, home from sea,
And the hunter home from the hill.”

Below – John Singer Sargent: “Portrait of Robert Louis Stevenson”

Contemporary American Art – J.D. Challenger

In the words of one writer, “Challenger was born in Oklahoma with a creative fire that first began to smolder when he was a very young child. After moving to Taos, New Mexico, Challenger enjoyed success as an artist painting landscapes. Privately, he continued to draw and paint as he was learning about Native Americans. He was reluctant to show his paintings in public for fear of offending a people he greatly admired. Working in oils and acrylics on canvas, as well as watercolor, Challengers’ style continued to emerge and his passion grew. J. D. Challenger paints the story of a people rich in heritage and traditions; stories sometimes poignant, often angry… but always powerful and demanding to be told. Each portrait speaks its own truth.”

Below – “Rides with Honor”; “Existing in Harmony”; “Spirit Rider”; “Power of the Eagle”; “Lost Spirit”; “Roams the Plains No More.”

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