Sentient in Seattle – 10 August 2018

Remembering a Writer on the Date of Her Death: Died 10 August 1981 – Julia Peterkin, an American author and recipient of the Pulitzer Prize.

Some quotes from the work of Julia Peterkin:

“Everything has its way of speaking and telling things worth knowing. Even the little grass-blades have their way of saying things as plain as words when human lips let them fall…the choice bits of wisdom…were never written down in any books.”
“I hear that in many places something has happened to Christmas; that it is changing from a time of merriment and carefree gaiety to a holiday which is filled with tedium; that many people dread the day and the obligation to give Christmas presents is a nightmare to weary, bored souls; that the children of enlightened parents no longer believe in Santa Claus; that all in all, the effort to be happy and have pleasure makes many honest hearts grow dark with despair instead of beaming with good will and cheerfulness.”
“Some women don’t care how their quilts look. They piece the squares together any sort of way, but she couldn’t stand careless sewing. She wanted her quilts, and Joy’s, made right. Quilts stay a long time after people are gone from this world, and witness about them for good or bad. She wanted people to see, when she was gone, that she’d never been a shiftless or don’t-care woman.”
“People and dogs and cows are born to be what they are. They may cover it up for a long time, but it will come out sooner or later.”

Art for Summer – Part I of II: Arthur Laws (American, 1894-1960)

Below – Untitled (Still Life); “Nickel Plate Railroad”; “Nauset Light, Eastham, MA”

For Your Information: 10 August is National S’mores Day in the United States.

Art for Summer – Part II of II: Claude Lazar (French, contemporary)

Below – “Visite Surprise”; “Nuit D’Ivresse”; “Fermeture Annuelle”

Remembering a Writer on the Date of His Birth: Born 10 August 1869 – Laurence Binyon, an English poet, playwright, and scholar.

“For the Fallen”
by Laurence Binyon

With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.
Solemn the drums thrill; Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres,
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted;
They fell with their faces to the foe.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years contemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England’s foam.
But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain;
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.

Vietnamese Art – Lebadang (1922-2015): Part I of II.

In the words of one writer, “Lebadang was born in Vietnam and emigrated to France in 1939 to study at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Toulouse. He had his first one-man show in Paris in 1950 and over the next thirty years gained prominence throughout France and Germany. He came to the attention of Americans in 1966 when the Cincinnati Art Museum hosted the first one-man exhibition of his paintings in the United States. In his work Lebadang fuses the cultural interests of the Orient and Europe, creating graceful imagery in infinite variations of line, shape, and color.”

Below – “La Lune Rouge et L’Hiver”; “Horses”; “Blue Noir”; “Dreams”; “Water Lilies”; “Circus II.”

Worth a Thousand Words:Sandro Botticelli (Italian, circa 1445-1510): “The Birth of Venus” (1484-86); Walter Crane (English, 1845-1915): “The Renaissance of Venus” (1877).

Vietnamese Art – Lebadang (1922-2015): Part II of II.

In the words of one writer, “Lebadang is recognized as an accomplished printmaker, having worked extensively in the media of etching, lithography, and serigraphy. ‘Lebadangraphy’ is his invention whereby he achieves harmony with a minimum of colors, using the same silkscreens several times.’

Below – “Lotus”; “Boat and the Moon”; “Vase with Flowers”; “Indochinese Landscape”; “Branches in Blue”; Untitled Landscape.”

Musings in Summer: Jack Kerouac

“Maybe that’s what life is… a wink of the eye and winking stars.”

American Art – Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000)

In the words of one writer, “Jacob Lawrence was active as both a painter and art educator. He taught at Black Mountain College in North Carolina in 1946, and later at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine and the New School for Social Research in New York. In 1971, Jacob Lawrence became a professor of painting at the University of Washington in Seattle. In Jacob Lawrence’s later career Lawrence was also known for his serigraphs (silkscreens), many of them versions of series of paintings completed in earlier years, as well as for his book illustrations.”

Below – “Toussant at Ennery”; “Work Shop”; “To the Defense”; “Coachman”; “Celebration of Heritage”; “Revolt on the Amistad.”

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