Sentient in San Francisco – 8 October 2018

Musings in Autumn: Robert MacFarlane

“Mountains seem to answer an increasing imaginative need in the West. More and more people are discovering a desire for them, and a powerful solace in them. At bottom, mountains, like all wildernesses, challenge our complacent conviction – so easy to lapse into – that the world has been made for humans by humans. Most of us exist for most of the time in worlds which are humanly arranged, themed and controlled. One forgets that there are environments which do not respond to the flick of a switch or the twist of a dial, and which have their own rhythms and orders of existence. Mountains correct this amnesia. By speaking of greater forces than we can possibly invoke, and by confronting us with greater spans of time than we can possibly envisage, mountains refute our excessive trust in the man-made. They pose profound questions about our durability and the importance of our schemes. They induce, I suppose, a modesty in us.”

Russian Art – Igor Medvedev (1931-2015): Part I of II.

In the words of one writer, “Igor Medvedev was born in Novopskov city in the Lugansk region of Eastern Ukraine. He graduated from the Moscow Institute of Electronic Technology with a degree in Physical Chemistry and went on to work as an engineer for the next 3 years. While working, he began studying art history at the Open University of the Soviet Union, eventually giving up engineering to become a teacher of fine art at a local college.”

Below – “Seashore”; “Nocturnal II”; “Sunset on Crete, Greece”; “Under the Sun II”; “Innocent”; “Summer Night Dream.”


Worth a Thousand Words: Winslow Homer: “The Blue Boat.”

Russian Art – Igor Medvedev (1931-2015): Part II of II.

In the words of one writer, “Since 1990 Igor has been painting full time and exhibiting his work in various galleries and salons. His first solo exhibition took place in November 1990 at the Lithuanian State Youth Theatre in Vilnius. His paintings are regularly displayed at the galleries Kitai Gorod and Fleyta in Moscow and at the Prefecture of Zelenograd.”

Below – “Silver Bride”; “Dreaming”; “Terrace”; “Oliver”; “Harmony in Blue”; “Two Guardians.”

Musings in Autumn: Rainer Maria Rilke

“When anxious, uneasy and bad thoughts come, I go to the sea, and the sea drowns them out with its great wide sounds, cleanses me with its noise, and imposes a rhythm upon everything in me that is bewildered and confused.”

This Date in Art History: Born 8 October 1930 – Faith Ringgold, an American artist.

Below – “The Beach 2”; “You Put the Devil in Me”; “The Sunflower Quilting Bee at Arles”; “ Coming to Jones Road Part II n.7 Our Secret Wedding in the Woods”; “Listen to the Trees”; “Somebody Stole My Broken Heart.”


A Poem for Today

“The Second Coming”
by William Butler Yeats

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?


This Date in Art History: Born 8 October 1947 – Stephen Shore, an American photographer.

Below – “Horseshoe Bend Motel, Lovell, Wyoming”; “Three Forks, Montana, August 6, 2017”; “New York, New York, November 29, 2017”; “Winslow, Arizona, September 19, 2013”; “West 15th and Vine St., Cincinnati, Ohio”; “Moore Haven, Florida”; “Main Street, Gull Lake, Sakatchewan.”

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