Sentient in San Francisco – 30 September 2018

Remembering a Nobel Laureate on the Date of His Death: Died 30 September 1990 – Patrick White, an Australian novelist, poet, short story writer, playwright, and recipient of the 1973 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Some quotes from the work of Patrick White:

“If I have not lost my mind I can sometimes hear it preparing to defect.”
“She would have liked to sit upon a rock and listen to words, not of any man, but detached, mysterious, poetic words that she alone would interpret through some sense inherited from sleep.”
“She had begun to read in the beginning as a protection from the frightening and unpleasant things. She continued because, apart from the story, literature brought with it a kind of gentility for which she craved.”
“They walked on rather aimlessly. He hoped she wouldn’t notice he was touched, because he wouldn’t have known how to explain why. Here lay the great discrepancy between aesthetic truth and sleazy reality.”
“I would like to believe in the myth that we grow wiser with age. In a sense my disbelief is wisdom. Those of a middle generation, if charitable or sentimental, subscribe to the wisdom myth, while the callous see us as dispensable objects, like broken furniture or dead flowers. For the young we scarcely exist unless we are unavoidable members of the same family, farting, slobbering, perpetually mislaying teeth and bifocals.”

Art for Autumn – Part I of III: Emanuel Mattini (Iranian, contemporary)

Below – “Orchestration XIII”; “Symphony V”; Untitled

For Your Information: 30 September is National Hot Mulled Cider Day in the United States.

Art for Autumn – Part II of III: Marko Mavrovich (Croatian, contemporary)

Below – “Visiting Renoir”; “I’m Lost Without You, Poppy”; “Thoughts of Our Last Voyage”

Remembering a Writer on the Date of His Birth: Born 30 September 1924 – Truman Capote, an American novelist, essayist, playwright, and screenwriter.

Some quotes from the work of Truman Capote:

“More tears are shed over answered prayers than unanswered ones.”
“It’s better to look at the sky than live there. Such an empty place; so vague. Just a country where the thunder goes.”
“I don’t care what anybody says about me as long as it isn’t true.”
“It’s a scientific fact that if you stay in California you lose one point of your IQ every year.”
“But my dear, so few things are fulfilled: what are most lives but a series of incomplete episodes.”
“Home is where you feel at home. I’m still looking.”


“Life is a moderately good play with a badly written third act.”
Art for Autumn – Part III of III: Ruth Mayer (American, contemporary)

Below – “Artist’s Garden”; “Waterfall”; “Vegas”

Worth a Thousand Words: Mary Cassatt. (American, 1844-1926): “Young Woman in Green, Outdoors in the Sun.”

This Date in Art History: Died 30 September 1973 – Peter Pitseolak, a Canadian Inuit photographer, sculptor, and artist.

Below – “Bird” (whale bone); “Dance of the Bird Spirit”; “The world wildlife fund collection of the art of the Eskimos”; “Bird”; “Hunter with musk ox and two seals” (stone); “Night Owl.”


Remembering a Writer on the Date of His Birth: Born 30 September 1927 – W. S. Merwin, an American poet and translator.

“For the Anniversary of My Death”
by W. S. Merwin

Every year without knowing it I have passed the day
When the last fires will wave to me
And the silence will set out
Tireless traveller
Like the beam of a lightless star

Then I will no longer
Find myself in life as in a strange garment
Surprised at the earth
And the love of one woman
And the shamelessness of men
As today writing after three days of rain
Hearing the wren sing and the falling cease
And bowing not knowing to what


American Art – Paul Maxwell (1925-2015)

In the words of one writer, “He is a well known sculptor, painter, creator of functional art forms and conceptual art, and is also a printmaker. Maxwell is the inventor of a printmaking process which now makes possible (for all artists of the world) the use of an expanded and enriched printing medium.”

Below – “Sailboats at Sunset”; “Vista”; Untitled Birds; “See Through”; “Fence/Red Bar/Red Raddle“; “North Site.”

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