Beleaguered in Bothell – 29 November 2017

Remembering a Writer on the Date of Her Birth: Born 29 November 1832 – Louisa May Alcott, an American novelist, poet, and author of “Little Women.”

Some quotes from the work of Louisa May Alcott:

“Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.”
“I ask not for any crown
But that which all may win;
Nor try to conquer any world
Except the one within.”
“Human minds are more full of mysteries than any written book and more changeable than the cloud shapes in the air.”
“Wild roses are fairest, and nature a better gardener than art.”
“Be comforted, dear soul! There is always light behind the clouds.”
“Simple, genuine goodness is the best capital to found the business of this life upon. It lasts when fame and money fail, and is the only riches we can take out of this world with us.”
“The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely.”

Art for Autumn – Part I of III: Charles Lee (Korean, contemporary)

Below – “Con Passione”; Untitled; “Night Music II”

For Your Information: 29 November is National Lemon Cream Pie Day in the United States.


Art for Autumn – Part II of III: Kenneth Callahan (American, 1905-1986)

Below – “The Valley”; “Dante’s Inferno”

Remembering a Writer on the Date of Her Birth: Born 29 November 1918 – Madeleine L’Engle, an American writer, poet, and author of “A Wrinkle in Time.”

Some quotes from the work of Madeleine L’Engle:

“If we commit ourselves to one person for life, this is not, as many people think, a rejection of freedom; rather, it demands the courage to move into all the risks of freedom, and the risk of love which is permanent; into that love which is not possession but participation.”
“A self is not something static, tied up in a pretty parcel and handed to the child, finished and complete. A self is always becoming.”
“Maybe you have to know the darkness before you can appreciate the light.”
“The only way to cope with something deadly serious is to try to treat it a little lightly.”
“We are all strangers in a strange land, longing for home, but not quite knowing what or where home is. We glimpse it sometimes in our dreams, or as we turn a corner, and suddenly there is a strange, sweet familiarity that vanishes almost as soon as it comes.”
“The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.”


Art for Autumn – Part III of III: Ferdinand Leger (French, contemporary)

Below – “Still Life With Cactus”; “Le Partie De Campagne”

Worth a Thousand Words: Wine Bay, Australia.


This Date in Art History: Died 29 November 2012 – Sherab Walden Beru, a Tibetan painter.

Below – “Thangka Painting 4”; “Thangka Painting 5”; “Thangka Painting 6”; “Thangka Painting 1”; “Thangka Painting 3.”

Musings in Autumn: Camille Paglia

“Beauty is our weapon against nature; by it we make objects, giving them limit, symmetry, proportion. Beauty halts and freezes the melting flux of nature.”

Below – John Nieto: “Buffalo Medicine”

This Date in Art History: Born 29 November 1924 – Jane Freilicher, an American painter and poet.

Below – “Champion Flowers”; “Painter in the Studio”; “Bouquet”; “Pierrot and Peonies”; “Flowers in Armchair”; “Twelfth Street and Beyond.”

Remembering a Writer on the Date of His Death: Died 29 November 2014 – Mark Strand, a Canadian-born American poet and translator.

“Keeping Things Whole”
By Mark Strand

In a field
I am the absence
of field.
This is
always the case.
Wherever I am
I am what is missing.

When I walk
I part the air
and always
the air moves in
to fill the spaces
where my body’s been.

We all have reasons
for moving.
I move
to keep things whole.


This Date in Art History: Born 29 November 1933 – James Rosenquist, an American painter and illustrator.

Below – “The Memory Continues but the Clock Disappears”; “Shriek”; “For Love”; “Leaky Neck”; “Screen Test”; “Night Transition.”

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