Beleaguered in Bothell – 2 December 2017

Musings in Autumn: May Sarton

“Public education was not founded to give society what it wants. Quite the opposite.”

Art for Autumn – Part I of III: Pierre Lesieur (French, 1922-2011)

Below – “Le Bouteille”; Untitled


Remembering an Influential Native American on the Date of His Death: Died 2 December 1885 – Allen Wright, a Principal Chief of the Choctaw Nation from 1866 to 1870. It is Wright who proposed the name “Oklahoma” (from the Choctaw words “okra” and “umma,” meaning “Territory of the Red People”) for the land that would eventually become the state.


Art for Autumn – Part II of III: Michael Leu Chinese/American, contemporary)

Below – “Window”; “Moon Lake Fantasia”; “Cat and Woman”

For Your Information: 2 December is National Fritters Day in the United States.

Art for Autumn – Part III of III: Thomas Leung (Chinese, contemporary)

Below – “Alpine Glow”; “Shell Beach”; “Phoenix Rising”


Remembering an Artist on the Date of Her Death: Died 2 December 2008 – Odetta Holmes, an American singer, actress, guitarist, song writer, and human and civil rights activist.

This Date in Art History: Born 2 December 1891 – Otto Dix, a German painter and printmaker.

Below – “Cosi fan tutte”; “To Beauty”; “Nelly with Toy”; “Family Portrait”; “Leda”; “Self-Portrait with Easel.”

Worth a Thousand Words: A child soldier in Africa.


American Art – Morris Graves: PART I OF II

In the words of one writer, “Morris Graves (August 28, 1910 – May 5, 2001) was an American painter. He was one of the earliest Modern artists from the Pacific Northwest to achieve national and international acclaim.
His style, referred to by some reviewers as Mysticism, used the muted tones of the Northwest environment, Asian aesthetics and philosophy, and a personal iconography of birds, flowers, chalices, and other images to explore the nature of consciousness.”

Below – “Evening Bouquet”; “Snake and Moon”; “Sunflower”; “Bird Singing in the Moon”; “Lotus”; “Still Life with Bowl of Pomegranates.”


Musings in Autumn: Groucho Marx

“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”

American Art – Morris Graves (1910-2001): PART II OF II

In the words of one writer, “An article in a 1953 issue of ‘Life’ magazine cemented Graves’ reputation as a major figure of the ‘Northwest School’ of artists. He lived and worked mostly in Western Washington, but spent considerable time traveling and living in Europe and Asia, and spent the last several years of his life in Loleta, California.”

Below – “Bird of the Spirit”; “Hibernation”; “Young forest pine in bloom”; “Time of Change”; “Bird, Moon and Falling Stars”; “Surf and Bird.”

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