Sentient in Seattle – 14 May 2018

Musings in Spring: Alain de Botton

“Though it may feel otherwise, enjoying life is no more dangerous than apprehending it with continuous anxiety and gloom.”


Art for Spring – Part I of II: Reid Gardner (American, contemporary)

Below – “Wine Glass with Cut Green Apple”; Untitled Landscape; “Strawberries and Currants”

Remembering a Writer on the Date of His Death: Died 14 May 2006 – Stanley Kunitz, an American poet and translator.

“End of Summer”
by Stanley Kunitz

An agitation of the air,
A perturbation of the light
Admonished me the unloved year
Would turn on its hinge that night.

I stood in the disenchanted field
Amid the stubble and the stones,
Amazed, while a small worm lisped to me
The song of my marrow-bones.

Blue poured into summer blue,
A hawk broke from his cloudless tower,
The roof of the silo blazed, and I knew
That part of my life was over.

Already the iron door of the north
Clangs open: birds, leaves, snows
Order their populations forth,
And a cruel wind blows.


Art for Spring – Part II of II: Eugene Garin (Russian, 1922-1994)

Below – Untitled Winter Seascape; “Meadow”; “Cabin in the Snow”


Worth a Thousand Words: Mount Adams, Washington.


This Date in Art History: Born 14 May 1727 – Thomas Gainsborough, an English painter.

Below – “The Blue Boy”; “Girl with Pigs”; “Coastal Landscape with a Shepherd and His Flock”; “The Painter’s Daughters Chasing a Butterfly”; “Colonel John Bullock”; “The Linley Sisters.”

Remembering a Writer on the Date of His Birth: Born 14 May 1900 – Hal Borland, an American author, journalist, and naturalist.

Some quotes from the work of Hal Borland:

“No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.”
“The longer I live and the more I read, the more certain I become that the real poems about spring aren’t written on paper. They are written in the back pasture and the near meadow, and they are issued in a new revised edition every April.”
“If you would know strength and patience, welcome the company of trees.”
“Each new season grows from the leftovers from the past. That is the essence of change, and change is the basic law.”
“To see a hillside white with dogwood bloom is to know a particular ecstasy of beauty, but to walk the gray Winter woods and find the buds which will resurrect that beauty in another May is to partake of continuity.”
“The earth’s distances invite the eye. And as the eye reaches, so must the mind stretch to meet these new horizons. I challenge anyone to stand with autumn on a hilltop and fail to see a new expanse not only around him, but in him, too.”
“April is a promise that May is bound to keep.”


This Date in Art History: Died 14 May 1953 – Yasuo Kuniyoshi, an American painter and photographer: Part I of II.

Below – “Little Joe With Cow”; “Strong Woman and Child”; “Boy Stealing Fruit”; “Somebody Tore My Poster”; “Dream”; “Self-Portrait.”

Musings in Spring: Bryan Lee O’Malley

“Every time you look up at the stars, it’s like opening a door. You could be anyone, anywhere. You could be yourself at any moment in your life. You open that door and you realize you’re the same person under the same stars. Camping out in the backyard with your best friend, eleven years old. Sixteen, driving alone, stopping at the edge of the city, looking up at the same stars. Walking a wooded path, kissing in the moonlight, look up and you’re eleven again. Chasing cats in a tiny town, you’re eleven again, you’re sixteen again. You’re in a rowboat. You’re staring out the back of a car. Out here where the world begins and ends, it’s like nothing ever stops happening.”

This Date in Art History: Died 14 May 1953 – Yasuo Kuniyoshi, an American painter and photographer: Part II of II.

Below – “Circus Girl Resting”; “Waitresses from the Sparhawk”; ‘“Weathervane and Objects on a Sofa”; “Cock Calling the Dawn”; “Self-Portrait as a Photographer.”

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