Sojourning in San Francisco – 12 May 2018

Musings in Spring: John O’Donohue

“All you can ever achieve is a sense of your soul. You gain little glimpses of its light, colors, and contours. You feel the inspiration of its possibilities and the wonder of its mysteries.”

Art for Spring – Part I of II: Wilfrido Garcia (Filipino, contemporary)

Below – “Shifting From Light to Dark”; “Dockside Dreams”; “Firewoman”

Remembering a Writer on the Date of Her Death: Died 12 May 1925 – Amy Lowell, an American poet, critic, and recipient of the Pulitzer Prize.

“Two Lacquer Prints”
by Amy Lowell

The Emperor’s Garden

Once, in the sultry heat of midsummer,
An Emperor caused the miniature mountains in his garden
To be covered with white silk,
That so crowned,
They might cool his eyes
With the sparkle of snow.


A wise man,
Watching the stars pass across the sky,
In the upper air the fireflies move more slowly.

Art for Spring – Part II of II: Rick Garcia (American, contemporary)

Below – “Body of Work”; “Summer”; “New Hope – Atlantis”

Remembering a Writer on the Date of His Birth: Born 12 May 1921 – Farley Mowat, a Canadian writer, environmentalist, and author of “Never Cry Wolf.”

Some quotes from the work of Farley Mowat:

“We have doomed the wolf not for what it is, but for what we deliberately and mistakenly perceive it to be –the mythologized epitome of a savage ruthless killer – which is, in reality, no more than a reflected image of ourself.”
“Somewhere to the eastward a wolf howled; lightly, questioningly. I knew the voice, for I had heard it many times before. It was George, sounding the wasteland for an echo from the missing members of his family. But for me it was a voice which spoke of the lost world which once was ours before we chose the alien role; a world which I had glimpsed and almost entered…only to be excluded, at the end, by my own self.”
“…the three cardinal tenets of rum drinking in Newfoundland. The first of these is that as soon as a bottle is placed on a table it must be opened. This is done to ‘let the air get at it and carry off the black vapors.’ The second tenet is that a bottle, once opened, must never be restoppered, because of the belief that it will then go bad. No bottle of rum has ever gone bad in Newfoundland, but none has ever been restoppered, so there is no way of knowing whether this belief is reasonable. The final tenet is that an open bottle must be drunk as rapidly as possible ‘before all to-good goes out of it.’”
“Whenever and wherever men have engaged in the mindless slaughter of animals (including other men), they have often attempted to justify their acts by attributing the most vicious or revolting qualities to those they would destroy; and the less reason there is for the slaughter, the greater the campaign for vilification.”
“It is to this new-found resolution to reassert our indivisibility with life, to recognize the obligations incumbent upon us as the most powerful and deadly species ever to exist, and to begin making amends for the havoc we have wrought, that my own hopes for a revival and continuance of life on earth now turn. If we persevere in this new way we may succeed in making man humane … at last.”

This Date in Art History: Born 12 May 1828 – Dante Gabriel Rossetti, an English painter.

Below – ‘Proserpine”; “Beata Beatrix”; “The Beloved”; “The Day Dream”; “Sibylla Palmifera”; “Lady Lilith.”

Worth a Thousand Words: A pink sand beach in Bermuda.

This Date in Art History: Born 12 May 1873 – J. E. H. MacDonald, a Canadian painter.

Below – “Falls, Montreal River”; “Lake McArthur, Yoho Park”; “The Solemn Land”; “The Tangled Garden”; “Dark Autumn, Rocky Mountains”; “Mountain Solitude, Lake Oesa.”

Remembering a Writer on the Date of His Death: Died 12 May 1967 – John Masefield, and English poet, author, and Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom from 1930.

“Sea Fever”
by John Masefield

I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.

I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.

This Date in Art History: Born 12 May 1949 – Ross Bleckner, an American painter.

Below – Untitled; Untitled; Untitled; Untitled; Untitled; Untitled.

Remembering a Great Performer and Critic on the Date of His Birth: Born 12 May 1937 – George Carlin, an American stand-up comedian, actor, author, and social critic.

Some quotes from the work of George Carlin:

“Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?”
“That’s why they call it the American Dream, because you have to be asleep to believe it.”
“If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done?”
“The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live.”
“Religion has actually convinced people that there’s an invisible man living in the sky who watches everything you do, every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do. And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever ’til the end of time!
But He loves you. He loves you, and He needs money! He always needs money! He’s all-powerful, all-perfect, all-knowing, and all-wise, somehow just can’t handle money!”
“Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.”
“I went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman, ‘Where’s the self-help section?’ She said if she told me, it would defeat the purpose.”
“I don’t like ass kissers, flag wavers or team players. I like people who buck the system. Individualists. I often warn people: “Somewhere along the way, someone is going to tell you, ‘There is no “I” in team.’ What you should tell them is, ‘Maybe not. But there is an “I” in independence, individuality and integrity.'” Avoid teams at all cost. Keep your circle small. Never join a group that has a name. If they say, “We’re the So-and-Sos,” take a walk. And if, somehow, you must join, if it’s unavoidable, such as a union or a trade association, go ahead and join. But don’t participate; it will be your death. And if they tell you you’re not a team player, congratulate them on being observant.”
“There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls.”

American Art – Danny Garcia (1929-2012)

In the words of one writer, “Mr. Garcia started his Garcia Gallery with his wife Carmen in the 1950s as a one-room operation in Carmel and later expanded to include full gallery locations on Dolores Street and a second location on Ocean Avenue. His 6,000 impressionist paintings have been acquired by collectors worldwide.Two years of combat service on a Navy destroyer during the Korean War left an imprint on his renderings of landscapes and urban scenes. He studied art and architecture at Monterey Peninsula College, and his work ranges in style from realism to abstraction.”

Below – “Spring Floral”; “Fish”; Untitled Cypress; “Still Life”; “Monterey Fishing Ships”; “Artist Wife Nude Abstract.”

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