Sentient in Seattle – 8 August 2018

Musings in Summer: Joseph Campbell

“Anyone who has had an experience of mystery knows that there is a dimension of the universe that is not that which is available to his senses. There is a pertinent saying in one of the Upanishads: When before the beauty of a sunset or of a mountain you pause and exclaim, ‘Ah,’ you are participating in divinity. Such a moment of participation involves a realization of the wonder and sheer beauty of existence. People living in the world of nature experience such moments every day. They live in the recognition of something there that is much greater than the human dimension.”

This Date in Art History: Died 8 August 1898 – Eugene Boudin, a French painter.

Below – “Women on the Beach at Berck”; “Fair in Brittany”; “Sailboats at Trouville”; “The Beach at Villerville”; “Sea port”; “Landscape with Cows.”

Remembering a Writer on the Date of Her Death: Died 8 August 1965 – Shirley Jackson, an award-winning American novelist, short story writer, memoirist, and the author of “The Haunting of Hill House” and “The Lottery.”

Some quotes from the work of Shirley Jackson:

“Am I walking toward something I should be running away from?”
“I remember that I stood on the library steps holding my books and looking for a minute at the soft hinted green in the branches against the sky and wishing, as I always did, that I could walk home across the sky instead of through the village.”
“I suppose, I hoped, by setting a particularly brutal ancient rite in the present and in my own village to shock the story’s readers with a graphic dramatization of the pointless violence and general inhumanity in their own lives.”
“Now, I have nothing against the public school system as it is presently organized, once you allow the humor of its basic assumption about how it is possible to teach things to children.”
“The sight of one’s own heart is degrading; people are not meant to look inward – that’s why they’ve been given bodies, to hide their souls.
Within, walls continued upright, bricks met neatly, floors were firm, and doors were sensibly shut; silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House, and whatever walked there, walked alone.”
“I delight in what I fear.”

This Date in Art History: Died 8 August 1902 – James Tissot, a French painter.

Below – “On the Thames”; “The Artist’s Ladies”; “Young Lady in a Boat”; “In an English Garden”; “The Hammock”; “Croquet.”


Worth a Thousand Words: A Voyager 2 photograph of Neptune.

This Date in Art History: Died 8 August 1959 – Albert Namatjira, an Australian painter.

Below – “Palm Valley”; “Mount Hermannsburg”; Untitled; Untitled; “Ghost Gum and Waterhole”; “West MacDonnell Ranges.”


Musings in Summer: Mary Oliver

“But mostly I just stand in the dark field,
in the middle of the world, breathing.”


This Date in Art History: Died 8 August 1902 – John Henry Twachtman, an American painter.

Below – “The White Bridge”; “The Cascade in Spring”; “Wild Cherry Tree”; “Twachtman’s Home, Avondale, Ohio”; “Springtime”; “October.”

Remembering a Writer on the Date of Her Birth: Born 8 August 1884 – Sara Teasdale, an American poet.

“Water Lilies”
by Sara Teasdale

If you have forgotten water lilies floating
On a dark lake among mountains in the afternoon shade,
If you have forgotten their wet, sleepy fragrance,
Then you can return and not be afraid.

But if you remember, then turn away forever
To the plains and the prairies where pools are far apart,
There you will not come at dusk on closing water lilies,
And the shadow of mountains will not fall on your heart.


This Date in Art History: Died 8 August 2004 – Leon Golub, an American painter.

Below – “Running Through Red-Blue Above”; “Le Combat VII”; “Gigantomachy II”; “Yellow Sphinx”; “Interrogation III”; “White Squad V.”

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