Sentient in San Francisco – 25 September 2018

Musings in Autumn: Joseph Campbell

“Art is the clothing of a revelation.”

Below – Childe Hassam: “Improvisation.”

Italian Art – Roberto Lupetti (1918-1997)

In the words of one writer, “Roberto Lupetti was a classically trained artist. Born in Milan, Italy, Lupetti was raised in an environment that nurtured creativity. At the age of fourteen he was accepted to attend Brera Liceo Artistico, one of the most prestigious art academies in Italy. Once involved in the strict curriculum, Lupetti learned the many disciplines established by the Renaissance Painters, examining and then putting into practice their laws of art.”

Below – “Rebirth of the Renaissance”; “Still Life with Lute”; “Toymaker’s Son”; Untitled (Still Life with Horn); “Girl Portrait”; Untitled (Standing Nude).


Remembering a Writer on the Date of His Death: Died 25 September 1933 – Ring Lardner, an American journalist and short story writer best known for his satirical works. In the words of one writer, “His contemporaries Ernest Hemingway, Virginia Woolf, and F. Scott Fitzgerald all professed strong admiration for his writing.”

Some quotes from the work of Ring Lardner:

“He looked at me as if I was a side dish he hadn’t ordered.”
“The race is not always to the swift nor the battle to the strong – but that’s the way to bet.”
“I’ve known what it is to be hungry, but I always went right to a restaurant.”
“They gave each other a smile with a future in it.”
“How can you write if you can’t cry?”
“‘Shut up,’ he explained.”

Contemporary Argentine Art – Aldo Luongo: Part I of III.

In the words of one writer, “Argentine and California Impressionist, Aldo Luongo’s paintings embody a sense of fluidity and intensity, the results of a true artist engaged in a passionate process of creation.”

Below – “Story by the Light”; “Two Unbrellas”; “Ocean Girl”; “Sunset Room”; “Golden Coast”; “My Soft Purple Dream.”

Remembering a Writer on the Date of His Birth: Born 25 September 1923 – Robert Laxalt, a Basque-American writer.

Some quotes from the work of Robert Laxalt:

“All of us together were of a generation born of old country people who spoke English with an accent and prayed in another language, who drank red wine and cooked their food in the old country way, and peeled apples and pears after dinner.”
“He had left home one day, yesterday, and come home today, and the change was too much for him to bear. And this was why he could not go home all at once.”
“Here, where we had done the most of our growing up, the old family home had been a fortress against the world. This is something that the children of immigrants all know.”
“Because we were born of old country people in a new land, and, right or wrong, we had not felt equal to those around us, and had had to do a little more than they in everything we did.”
“I reached out and touched him on the arm and said uncertainly, ‘They want us to come back.’
Without turning, he shook his head and cried shakenly, ‘I can’t go back. It ain’t my country any more. I’ve lived too much in America ever to go back.’ And then, angrily, ‘Don’t you know that?
…Then I saw a cragged face that that land had filled with hope and torn with pain, had changed from young to old, and in the end had claimed. And then, I did know it.”

Contemporary Argentine Art – Aldo Luongo: Part II of III.

In the words of one writer, “Whether he is portraying a romantic enclave, a frenzied sporting event, or a richly textured landscape, central to all of Luongo’s paintings is the balance between memory and hope, sorrow and humor, freedom and control. These dynamics are clearly seen in Aldo Luongo’s figurative works, especially those portraying the ‘Hawk,’ his archetypal character spun from the memory of his father and Luongo’s discovery of his future self.”

Below – “Destiny”; “Watercolors in Laguna Beach (The Hawk)”; “Hawk”; “Another Saturday Evening”; “Sunbeams at Midday”; “La Bella Durmiente.”


Remembering a Nobel Laureate on the Date of Her Death: Died 25 September 2011 – Wangari Maathai, a Kenyan environmental political activist and recipient of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize.

Some quotes from the work of Wangari Maathai:

“Today we are faced with a challenge that calls for a shift in our thinking, so that humanity stops threatening its life-support system. We are called to assist the Earth to heal her wounds and in the process heal our own – indeed to embrace the whole of creation in all its diversity, beauty and wonder. Recognizing that sustainable development, democracy and peace are indivisible is an idea whose time has come.”
“Human rights are not things that are put on the table for people to enjoy. These are things you fight for and then you protect.”
“I’m very conscious of the fact that you can’t do it alone. It’s teamwork. When you do it alone you run the risk that when you are no longer there nobody else will do it.”
“In trying to explain this linkage, I was inspired by a traditional African tool that has three legs and a basin to sit on. To me the three legs represent three critical pillars of just and stable societies. The first leg stands for democratic space, where rights are respected, whether they are human rights, women’s rights, children’s rights, or environmental rights. The second represents sustainable and equitable management and resources. And the third stands for cultures of peace that are deliberately cultivated within communities and nations. The basin, or seat, represents society and its prospects for development. Unless all three legs are in place, supporting the seat, no society can thrive. Neither can its citizens develop their skills and creativity. When one leg is missing, the seat is unstable; when two legs are missing, it is impossible to keep any state alive; and when no legs are available, the state is as good as a failed state. No development can take place in such a state either. Instead, conflict ensues.”
“Education, if it means anything, should not take people away from the land, but instill in them even more respect for it, because educated people are in a position to understand what is being lost. The future of the planet concerns all of us, and all of us should do what we can to protect it. As I told the foresters, and the women, you don’t need a diploma to plant a tree.”
“A tree has roots in the soil yet reaches to the sky. It tells us that in order to aspire we need to be grounded and that no matter how high we go it is from our roots that we draw sustenance. It is a reminder to all of us who have had success that we cannot forget where we came from. It signifies that no matter how powerful we become in government or how many awards we receive, our power and strength and our ability to reach our goals depend on the people, those whose work remain unseen, who are the soil out of which we grow, the shoulders on which we stand”
“Throughout my life, I have never stopped to strategize about my next steps. I often just keep walking along, through whichever door opens. I have been on a journey and this journey has never stopped. When the journey is acknowledged and sustained by those I work with, they are a source of inspiration, energy and encouragement. They are the reasons I kept walking, and will keep walking, as long as my knees hold out.”
“We all share one planet and are one humanity; there is no escaping this reality.”

Contemporary Argentine Art – Aldo Luongo: Part III of III.

In the words of one writer, “The most enduring single image in the paintings of Aldo Luongo is that of “The Hawk.” The Hawk is a character who has evolved throughout Luongo’s career, and is his single most meaningful symbol.”

Below – “Memories of the 50’s”; “My Favorite Shirt”; “Pacific Morning”; “Forest at Dusk”; “Girl on a Bicycle”; “Amber Light.”

Remembering a Writer on the Date of His Birth: Born 25 September 1953 – Ron Rash, an award-winning American novelist, short story writer, and poet.

“The Bridge”
by Ron Rash

Barbed wire snags like briars when
fence posts rot in goldenrod,
the cows are gone, the cowpath
a thinning along the creek
to follow upstream until
water narrows, gray planks lean
over the flow like a book
open but left unfinished,
like this bridge was when the man
who started it took to his
death-bed, watched from there a son
drive the last nails, drive the truck
across so he might die less
burdened that night. The farmhouse
is razed now, the barn and shed
bare quilts of ground. All that’s left
some fallen-down four by fours,
a few rusty nails, this bridge
the quick or the dead can’t cross.

Below – Maria Arnaudova: “Wooden Bridge.”


American Art – Stephen Lyman (1957-2013)

In the words of one writer, “Born in 1957 in Idaho, wildlife artist Stephen Lyman was an explorer who specialized in painting the most elusive moments in nature. His inspiring work was inspired, in turn, by the writing and teachings of famous naturalist John Muir. ‘Muir wrote, “Climb the mountains, and get their good tidings,”’ Lyman said. “I know exactly what he meant.”’

Below – “Evening Light”; “High Trail at Sunset”; “Early Winter in the Mountains”; “Moonfire”; “Beneath the Oaks”; “Cathedral Snow.”

Worth a Thousand Words: Walter Crane (English, 1845-1915): “La Belle Dame Sans Merci” (1865); John William Waterhouse (English, 1849-1917): “La Belle Dame Sans Merci” (1893).

Contemporary American Art – John Lurie

In the words of one writer, “John Lurie emerged onto the art scene in the spring of 2004, when he had his first painting exhibition at Anton Kern Gallery. Since then Lurie’s work has been exhibited in esteemed galleries throughout the world. His solo museum exhibits include P.S.1. Contemporary Arts Center in New York, Musee Des Beaux-Arts De Montreal, the Musee d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean in Luxembourg and the Watari Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, who gave their entire museum to the presentation of Lurie’s work. Both the Wadsorth Athenaeum in Connecticut and The Museum of Modern Art in New York have acquired his work for their permanent collections. “

Below – “It’s deeper than you think”; “Portrait of a Cow”; “Wolf by day, Wolf by night”; “After she left, he would stand out in the yard at night and quietly say her name”; “Men going to work over flowers”; “Bison”; “The Sky Is Falling, I am Learning to Live With It” (Note: Anthony Boudain bought this painting days before he died.).

A Poem for Today

“I Thought of You”
by Sara Teasdale

I thought of you and how you love this beauty,
And walking up the long beach all alone
I heard the waves breaking in measured thunder
As you and I once heard their monotone.

Around me were the echoing dunes, beyond me
The cold and sparkling silver of the sea —
We two will pass through death and ages lengthen
Before you hear that sound again with me.

Contemporary American Art – Rhett Lynch

In the words of one writer, “An Indian artist living in the North Valley of Albuquerque, Rhett Lynch is an artist who creates mixed-media paintings that have meaning to his native culture. Some of his works he describes as ‘meditative mantras’ in a series called Prayers for Healing. Each has a base of gold foil, which is covered with acrylic layers and strips of fabric with sacred substances including tobacco and sage. Lynch was raised in Lubbock, Texas and before settling in New Mexico lived in New York City, Arizona and California as well as Texas.”

Below – “The Arrival of the Star People”; “The Last Time I Dreamt in Color”; “Chief Red Dog”; “Contemplating Gravity”;“Woman in the Heat of the Night”; “Woman Becoming a Mermaid.”

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