Sentient in Seattle – 14 April 2018

Musings in Spring: Wallace Stegner

“It should not be denied… that being footloose has always exhilarated us. It is associated in our minds with escape from history and oppression and law and irksome obligations, with absolute freedom, and the road has always led West.”

Art for Spring – Part I of IV: Masoud Yasami (American, contemporary)

Below – “Seated Man and the Dog”; “Pyramid Reversal”; “Submerged Rocks #1”

Worth a Thousand Words: The Durango & Silverton Railroad, Colorado.

Art for Spring – Part II of IV: Gevorg Yeghiazarian (Armenian, contemporary)

Below – “Silence of the Night”; “Poetry II”; “Nostalgia”

Musings in Spring: Amy Leigh Mercree

“Enchantment lies in everyday moments, if you are observant.”

Art for Spring – Part III of IV: Cao Yong (Chinese, contemporary)

Below – “Red Umbrella”; “Cool Waters”; “Venice by Night”

A Poem for Today

“Finding a Long Gray Hair”
by Jane Kenyon

I scrub the long floorboards
in the kitchen, repeating
the motions of other women
who have lived in this house.
And when I find a long gray hair
floating in the pail,
I feel my life added to theirs.

Art for Spring – Part IV of IV: Chen Yongle (Chinese, contemporary)

Below – “Guests From a Distance”; “Spree”; “June”

Musings in Spring: Walt Whitman

“Re-examine all you have been told. Dismiss what insults your soul.”

Contemporary Japanese Art — Hiro Yamagata

In the words of one writer, “Originally from Miabara, Japan, Artist Hiro Yamagata has achieved amazing success world wide for his contemporary art. Hiro Yamagata began his artistic studies in 1972 at L’ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. Upon completing his education, he had his first European tour throughout Austria, the United Kingdom, Italy; and Germany. In 1978 Hiro moved to Los Angeles, California. Yamagata then toured the U.S. for 7 years. After spending 12 years achieving commercial success with his paintings, Yamagata has completely changed his style and moved back to Japan.”

Below – “Neon”; “Raindrops”; “Snowfire”; “Poet”; “Picnic”; “Museum.”

A Second Poem for Today

“Ask Me”
by William Stafford

Some time when the river is ice ask me
mistakes I have made. Ask me whether
what I have done is my life. Others
have come in their slow way into
my thought, and some have tried to help
or to hurt: ask me what difference
their strongest love or hate has made.

I will listen to what you say.
You and I can turn and look
at the silent river and wait. We know
the current is there, hidden; and there
are comings and goings from miles away
that hold the stillness exactly before us.
What the river says, that is what I say.

This Date in Art History: Died 14 April 1925 – John Singer Sargent, an American painter.

Below – “Garden Study of the Vickers Children”; “Dorothy Barnard”; “Under the Willows”; “Woman with Collie”; “Three Nudes with Cupid”; “Home Fields.”

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