Musings in Spring: Antoine de Saint-Exupery
“When I opened my eyes I saw nothing but the pool of nocturnal sky, for I was lying on my back with out-stretched arms, face to face with that hatchery of stars. Only half awake, still unaware that those depths were sky, having no roof between those depths and me, no branches to screen them, no root to cling to, I was seized with vertigo and felt myself as if flung forth and plunging downward like a diver.”
Below – “Cheyenne Waters”; Untitled Landscape; “Scout”
For Your Information: 12 June is National Peanut Butter Cookie Day in the United States.
Below – “Lobster Reef”; “Manatees”; “Red Bulls”
This Date in Art History: Born 12 June 1858 – Henry Scott Tuke, an English painter.
Below – “Bluebells”; “Archway in Rock Pool”; “Boy in a Dinghy”; “Fisher Boys, Falmouth”; “Green Waters.”
A Poem for Today
“The New Dog”
by Linda Pastan
Into the gravity of my life,
the serious ceremonies
of polish and paper
and pen, has come
this manic animal
whose innocent disruptions
of my old simplicities–
as if I needed him
to prove again that after
all the careful planning,
anything can happen.
This Date in Art History: Born 12 June 1890 – Egon Schiele, an Austrian painter.
Below – “Four Trees”; “Old Mill”; “The Bridge”; “Portrait of Wally”;
“Self Portrait with Physalis”; “Green Stockings.”
“People who dream when they sleep at night know of a special kind of happiness which the world of the day holds not, a placid ecstasy, and ease of heart, that are like honey on the tongue. They also know that the real glory of dreams lies in their atmosphere of unlimited freedom. It is not the freedom of the dictator, who enforces his own will on the world, but the freedom of the artist, who has no will, who is free of will. The pleasure of the true dreamer does not lie in the substance of the dream, but in this: that there things happen without any interference from his side, and altogether outside his control. Great landscapes create themselves, long splendid views, rich and delicate colours, roads, houses, which he has never seen or heard of…”
In the words of one writer, “Artist and sculptor and stone cutter in the classical style, Frederick Hart was an apprentice at the National Cathedral in Washington DC and learned there about sculpting and stone cutting.”
Below – “Daughters of Odessa Ensemble” (bronze); “Poetry” (from “The Muses Suite”) (bronze); “Echo of Silence” (acrylic); “Herself”
(acrylic); “Nymph” (bronze); “Spirit Song” (acrylic).