Musings in Summer: Robert A. Heinlein
“Butterflies are self propelled flowers.”
This Date in Art History: Born 7 August 1862 – Henri Le Sidaner, a French painter: Part I of II.
Below – “The White Garden at Twilight”; “Autumn Twilight”; “Bassin, Lentilles Vertes”; “The Bedroom”; “The Blue Chamber”; “The Canal, Snow.”
This Date in Art History: Born 7 August 1862 – Henri Le Sidaner, a French painter: Part II of II.
Below – “The Door Among the Leaves”; “Evening”; “Fountain in the Woods”; “The Lovers, Gisors”; “Moonlight on the River”; “On the Dunes, Etaples.”
Musings in Summer: Joseph Campbell
“Nietzsche was the one who did the job for me. At a certain moment in his life, the idea came to him of what he called ‘the love of your fate.’ Whatever your fate is, whatever the hell happens, you say, ‘This is what I need.’ It may look like a wreck, but go at it as though it were an opportunity, a challenge. If you bring love to that moment – not discouragement – you will find the strength is there. Any disaster you can survive is an improvement in your character, your stature, and your life. What a privilege! This is when the spontaneity of your own nature will have a chance to flow.”
This Date in Art History: Born 7 August 1867 – Emil Nolde, a German-Danish painter and printmaker.
Below – “Lago Maggiore”; “Evening in the Marsh”; “Vase with Flowers”; “Young Girl from Friesland”; “In the Wonderland”; “Buddha and Flower.”
A Poem for Today
“Boats In A Fog”
by Robinson Jeffers
Sports and gallantries, the stage, the arts, the antics of dancers,
The exuberant voices of music,
Have charm for children but lack nobility; it is bitter earnestness
That makes beauty; the mind
Knows, grown adult.
A sudden fog-drift muffled the ocean,
A throbbing of engines moved in it,
At length, a stone’s throw out, between the rocks and the vapor,
One by one moved shadows
Out of the mystery, shadows, fishing-boats, trailing each other
Following the cliff for guidance,
Holding a difficult path between the peril of the sea-fog
And the foam on the shore granite.
One by one, trailing their leader, six crept by me,
Out of the vapor and into it,
The throb of their engines subdued by the fog, patient and
Coasting all round the peninsula
Back to the buoys in Monterey harbor. A flight of pelicans
Is nothing lovelier to look at;
The flight of the planets is nothing nobler; all the arts lose virtue
Against the essential reality
Of creatures going about their business among the equally
Earnest elements of nature.
Contemporary Canadian Art – Rene Lalonde
In the words of one writer, “Blending the traditions of surrealism, cubism, and fauvism, René Lalonde’s artwork approaches us with both the emotional force of vivid and unusual color, and the simplicity of flattened out planes, bringing the everyday to life with extraordinary intensity. Though his works are vibrant and intense, they somehow project a sense of calm, serenity, and at times easygoing buoyancy, leaving us wondering as to the nature of this paradoxical effect.”
Below – “Infinite Equilibrium”; “What Toys Do While We Sleep”; “Post Card From Far Away”; “Striptease”; “Nightfall in Happytown”; “Nid D’Amour.”
“The stars are the jewels of the night, and perchance surpass anything which day has to show.”
In the words of one writer, “Carole LaRoche captures a world of natural magic in every bright image she paints. Her birds, animals, and people glow from within. Their still, vulnerable faces reflect their inner souls, conjuring up angels, oracles, and shamans. LaRoche’s paintings are instantly recognizable because of the impact of their glorious color and strong composition. Their powerful graphic presence is communicated with timeless clarity.”
Below – “Eagle Dancer”; “Galaxy”; “Brave Warrior (Portrait)”; “Guardian II”; “Man of Myths.”