Beleaguered in Bothell – 11 February 2018

Musings in Winter: T.S. Eliot

“Footfalls echo in the memory, down the passage we did not take, towards the door we never opened, into the rose garden.”

Art for Winter – Part I of II: Ramon Santiago (American, 1943-2001)

Below – “Woman with Bird”; “Flower Child”; “Cynthia”

Remembering a Writer on the Date of Her Death: Died 11 February 1963 – Sylvia Plath, an American poet, novelist, short story writer and recipient of the 1982 Pulitzer Prize (posthumous).

“Gold Mouths Cry”
by Sylvia Plath

Gold mouths cry with the green young
certainty of the bronze boy
remembering a thousand autumns
and how a hundred thousand leaves
came sliding down his shoulder blades
persuaded by his bronze heroic reason.
We ignore the coming doom of gold
and we are glad in this bright metal season.
Even the dead laugh among the goldenrod.

The bronze boy stands kneedeep in centuries,
and never grieves,
remembering a thousand autumns,
with sunlight of a thousand years upon his lips
and his eyes gone blind with leaves.


Art for Winter – Part II of II: Roberto Santo (American, contemporary)

Below (all bronze) – “Flight of Mercury”; “Torso”; “Unknown Dreams”

For Your Information: 11 February is National Inventors’ Day in the United States.

This Date in Art History – Part I of II: Died 11 February 1862 – Elizabeth Siddal, an English painter, model, and muse who provided creative inspiration for many great Pre-Raphaelite painters. Dante Gabriel Rossetti was her husband.

Below – A few famous paintings for which Elizabeth Siddall was both model and muse: John Everett Millais: “Ophelia”; John William Waterhouse: “Destiny”; Walter Howell Deverell: “Twelfth Night”; Dante Gabriel Rossetti: “Beata Beatrix,” “Dantis Amour,” “Proserpine.”

Remembering a Nobel Laureate on the Date of His Death: Died 11 February 1978 – Harry Martinson, a Swedish novelist, essayist, poet, and recipient of the 1974 Nobel Prize in Literature.

“Visit to the observatory”
by Harry Martinson

We viewed a nebula inside a tube.
To us a golden herd of mist it seemed.
In larger tubes it might have gleamed
as suns in thousands in their boundless space.

Our dizziness of mind imagined
that it rose, high up from war on earth,
from time and space—our life’s naivety—
to new dimensions in their majesty.

There no law rules of this life’s type.
There laws rule for the world where worlds abound.
There the suns roll out till they are ripe
and deep in the hearth of every sun resound.

Suns in plenitude are present there.
And there, to cosmic law, each sun pulsates
in larger suns’ unfathomable blaze.
And there all is brightness and the daylight of all days.


This Date in Art History – Part II of II: Died 11 February 1862 – Elizabeth Siddal, who, in addition to being a model and muse, was a painter.

Below – Four of Siddal’s paintings: “Sir Patrick Spens”; “Lady Affixing a Pennant to a Knight’s Spear”; “Lady Clare”; “Self-Portrait”

Worth a Thousand Words: Alcor and Mizar, the double star in the handle of the Big Dipper.

This Date in Art History: Died 11 February 2014 – Tito Canepa, a Dominican-American painter.

Below – “The Dream”; “Triptych: Enriquillo-Duarte-Luperon”; “Familia Campesina”; “Denuda sobre la yerba.”

Musings in Winter: Cintra Wilson

“How could anyone catch all of the beauty in the Present Moment, when, after years of misery, there was suddenly a day when all the wonderfulness of life unexpectedly blew down from all directions all at once?”


This Date in Art History: Died 11 February 1940 – Ellen Day Hale, an American painter.

Below – “Lilies”; “Morning News”; “Summer Place”; “June”; “The Willow Whistle”; “Self-Portrait.”

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