Beleaguered in Bothell – 29 December 2017

Musings in Winter: Camille Paglia

“Poetry is the way into a spiritual vision of society and the universe.”

Art for Winter – Part I of III: Sydney Mather (Australian, contemporary)

Below – “Mist Over the Murray”; “Waterlilies”

Remembering a Writer on the Date of His Death: Died 29 December 1926 – Rainer Maria Rilke, an Austrian poet, novelist, and essayist.

“Behind the Blameless Trees”
by Rainer Maria Rilke

Behind the blameless trees
old fate slowly builds
her mute countenance.
Wrinkles grow there . . .
What a bird shrieks here
springs there like a gasp of warning
from a soothsayer’s hard mouth.

And the soon-to-be lovers
smile on each other, not yet knowing farewell,
and round about them, like a constellation,
their destiny casts
its nightly spell.
Still to come, it does not reach out to them,
it remains
a phantom
floating in its heavenly course.

Art for Winter – Part II of III: Roberto Sebastian Matta (Chilean, 1911-2005)

Below – “Hours of the Day, 10 P.M.”; “Jazz Orchestra”; “The Golden Bull”

Worth a Thousand Words: Shooting the MGM logo in 1924.

Art for Winter – Part III of III: Paul Maxwell (American, 1925-2015)

Below – “Sailboats at Sunset”; “Chinese Horses”; Untitled Landscape

Musings in Winter: Alain de Botton

“At the heart of sulk lies a confusing mixture of intense anger and an equally intense desire not to communicate what one is angry about. The sulker both desperately needs the other person to understand and yet remains utterly committed to doing nothing to help them do so. The very need to explain forms the kernel of the insult: if the partner requires an explanation, he or she is clearly not worth of one. We should add that it is a privilege to be the recipient of a sulk: it means the other person respects and trusts us enough to think we should understand their unspoken hurt. It is one of the odder gifts of love.”


This Date in Art History: Died 29 December 1925 – Felix Vallotton, a Swiss/French painter.

Below – “The Laundress, Blue Room”; “Waltz”; “Cloud in Romanel”; “Blooming Fields”; “Landscape”; “Three Women and a Little Girl Playing in the Water.”


Musings in Winter: Walt Whitman

“Pointing to another world will never stop vice among us; shedding light over this world can alone help us.”

American Art – Kent Lovelace (1953-2017)

In the words of one writer, “Kent was born on the East Coast and raised in the West near San Francisco. He received his MFA at the University of Washington and has made Seattle and Whidbey Island his home since.”

Below – “Cameron Morning”; “Lac Verte”; “Cottage”; “Apricot Orchard”; “Irish Plum”; “Sand Hill Crane.”

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