Sentient in Seattle – 13 April 2018

For Your Information: “Paraskevidekatriaphobia” means “fear of Friday the 13th.”

Art for Spring – Part I of II: Carolyn Wyeth (American, 1909-1994)

Below – “Up From the Woods”; “The Jones House”; Untitled (Wildflowers and Cut Tree)

Remembering a Writer on the Date of Her Birth: Born 13 April 1909 – Eudora Welty, an American short story writer, novelist, and recipient of the Pulitzer Prize.

Some quotes from the work of Eudora Welty:

“One place understood helps us understand all places better.”
“It had been startling and disappointing to me to find out that story books had been written by people, that books were not natural wonders, coming up of themselves like grass. Yet regardless of where they come from, I cannot remember a time when I was not in love with them — with the books themselves, cover and binding and the paper they were printed on, with their smell and their weight and with their possession in my arms, captured and carried off to myself. Still illiterate, I was ready for them, committed to all the reading I could give them.”
“People are mostly layers of violence and tenderness wrapped like bulbs, and it is difficult to say what makes them onions or hyacinths.”
“The events in our lives happen in a sequence in time, but in their significance to ourselves they find their own order the continuous thread of revelation.”
“The first act of insight is throw away the labels.”
“It doesn’t matter if it takes a long time getting there; the point is to have a destination.”

Art for Spring – Part II of II: Tim Yanke (American, contemporary)

Below – “Dragonfly I”; “Dragonfly II”; “19 Million Albums”

Remembering a Writer on the Date of Her Birth: Born 13 April 1947 – Rae Armantrout, an American poet and recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.

by Rae Armantrout

We love our cat
for her self
regard is assiduous
and bland,

for she sits in the small
patch of sun on our rug
and licks her claws
from all angles

and it is far
to “balanced reporting”

though, of course,
it is also
the very same thing.

This Date in Art History: Born 13 April 1860 – James Ensor, an English-Belgian painter.

Below – “Old Lady with Blue Shawl” (the artist’s grandmother); “Old Woman with Masks”; “Shells and Shellfish”; “Still Life with Chinoiseries”; “Peaches”; “The Rower.”

Worth a Thousand Words: The Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.

This Date in Art History: Died 13 April 1956 – Emil Nolde, a Danish-German painter.

Below – “Mohn und Rittersporn”; “Evening in the Marsh”; “Meerlandschaft”; “Im Theater”; “Dancer”; “Kneeling Girl.”

Remembering a Nobel Laureate on the Date of His Birth: Born 13 April 1939 – Seamus Heaney, an Irish poet, playwright, translator, and recipient of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature.

by Seamus Heaney

And some time make the time to drive out west
Into County Clare, along the Flaggy Shore,
In September or October, when the wind
And the light are working off each other
So that the ocean on one side is wild
With foam and glitter, and inland among stones
The surface of a slate-grey lake is lit
By the earthed lightening of flock of swans,
Their feathers roughed and ruffling, white on white,
Their fully-grown headstrong-looking heads
Tucked or cresting or busy underwater.
Useless to think you’ll park or capture it
More thoroughly. You are neither here nor there,
A hurry through which known and strange things pass
As big soft buffetings come at the car sideways
And catch the heart off guard and blow it open.

This Date in Art History: Died 13 April 1978 – Jack Chambers, a Canadian painter.

Below – “Cow”; “Trees”; “Landscape”; “La Trilla”; “Lake Huron I”; “Lombardo Avenue.”

Remembering a Writer on the Date of His Death: Died 13 April 1993 – Wallace Stegner, an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, historian, environmentalist, and recipient of the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize.

Some quotes from the work of Wallace Stegner:

“Something will have gone out of us as a people if we ever let the remaining wilderness be destroyed … We simply need that wild country available to us, even if we never do more than drive to its edge and look in.”
“National parks are the best idea we ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at our best rather than our worst.”
“We are the most dangerous species of life on the planet, and every other species, even the earth itself, has cause to fear our power to exterminate. But we are also the only species which, when it chooses to do so, will go to great effort to save what it might destroy.”
“Whatever landscape a child is exposed to early on, that will be the sort of gauze through which he or she will see all the world afterwards.”
“One cannot be pessimistic about the West. This is the native home of hope. When it fully learns that cooperation, not rugged individualism, is the quality that most characterizes and preserves it, then it will have achieved itself and outlived its origins. Then it has a chance to create a society to match its scenery.”
“What is such a resource worth? Anything it costs. If we never hike it or step into its shade, if we only drive by occasionally and see the textures of green mountainside change under wind and sun, or the fog move soft feathers down the gulches, or the last sunset on the continent redden the sky beyond the ridge, we have our money’s worth. We have been too efficient at destruction; we have left our souls too little space to breathe in. Every green natural place we save saves a fragment of our sanity and gives us a little more hope that we have a future.”

This Date in Art History: Died 13 April 2005 – Philip Pavia, an American painter and sculptor.

Below – “Head #7” (painted terra-cotta); “Crows”; “Portrait Head of Martha Jackson” (bronze); “Amazon on Horseback” (marble); “Lily Pond” (marble); “Abstraction.”

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