Sentient in San Francisco – 14 April 2019

This Date in Art History: Died 14 April 1925 – John Singer Sargent, an American painter: Part I of II.

Below – “Rosina”; “Claude Monet Painting by the Edge of a Wood”; “Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose”; “Alpine Pool”; “Muddy Alligators.”

Musings in Spring: Rachel Carson

“One way to open your eyes is to ask yourself, ‘What if I had never seen this before? What if I knew i would never see it again?’”

This Date in Art History: Died 14 April 1925 – John Singer Sargent, an American painter: Part II of II.

Below – “Autumn Leaves”; “Mountain Fire”; “The Model: Interior with Standing Figure”; “The Old Chair”; “On the Sands”; “Nude Study of an Egyptian Girl.”


A Poem for Today

“Saltines”
by Michael McFee

How well its square
fit my palm, my mouth,
a toasty wafer slipped
onto the sick tongue
or into chicken soup,

each crisp saltine a tile
pierced with 13 holes
in rows of 3 and 2,
its edges perforated
like a postage stamp,

one of a shifting stack
sealed in wax paper
whose noisy opening
always signaled snack,
peanut butter or cheese

thick inside Premiums,
the closest we ever got
to serving hors d’oeuvres:
the redneck’s hardtack,
the cracker’s cracker.

Contemporary British Art – Anna Hymas: Part I of II.

Below – “Decorated Vase with Tulips”; “The Edge of the Lily Pond II”; “The Fortune Teller’s Hand”; “Decorative Objects Still Life II”; “Festive Dress V.”

Musings in Spring: Roger Caras

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.”


Contemporary British Art – Anna Hymas: Part II of II.

Below – “Beach Life”; “Boats & Lighthouse”; “Bird Jug & Wild Flowers”; “Rooftops Block Painting III”; “Stripey Bowl and Jug Still Life”; “Pot Plant I.”


This Date in Scientific History: Died 14 April 1964 – Rachel Carson, an American marine biologist, writer, conservationist, environmentalist, author of “The Sea Around Us” and “Silent Spring,” and recipient of the National Book Award.

Some quotes from the work of Rachel Carson:

“We still talk in terms of conquest. We still haven’t become mature enough to think of ourselves as only a tiny part of a vast and incredible universe. Man’s attitude toward nature is today critically important simply because we have now acquired a fateful power to alter and destroy nature. But man is a part of nature, and his war against nature is inevitably a war against himself.”
“Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life. Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.” “The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe, the less taste we shall have for destruction.”
“The most alarming of all man’s assaults upon the environment is the contamination of air, earth, rivers, and sea with dangerous and even lethal materials. This pollution is for the most part irrecoverable; the chain of evil it initiates not only in the world that must support life but in living tissues is for the most part irreversible. In this now universal contamination of the environment, chemicals are the sinister and little-recognized partners of radiation in changing the very nature of the world-the very nature of its life.”
“Conservation is a cause that has no end. There is no point at which we will say our work is finished.”
“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.”
“The real wealth of the Nation lies in the resources of the earth soil, water, forests, minerals, and wildlife. To utilize them for present needs while insuring their preservation for future generations requires a delicately balanced and continuing program, based on the most extensive research. Their administration is not properly, and cannot be, a matter of politics.”
“We cannot have peace among men whose hearts find delight in killing any living creature.”
“To stand at the edge of the sea, to sense the ebb and flow of the tides, to feel the breath of a mist moving over a great salt marsh, to watch the flight of shore birds that have swept up and down the surf lines of the continents for untold thousands of years, to see the running of the old eels and the young shad to the sea, is to have knowledge of things that are as nearly eternal as any earthly life can be.”


Contemporary Serbian Art – Endre Penovac

Below – “Together”; “Milky”; “Walking”; “Silk Scarf.”

A Poem for Today

“Fifty-Fifty”
by Patricia Clark

You can have the grackle whistling blackly
from the feeder as it tosses seed,

if I can have the red-tailed hawk perched
imperious as an eagle on the high branch.

You can have the brown shed, the field mice
hiding under the mower, the wasp’s nest on the door,

if I can have the house of the dead oak,
its hollowed center and feather-lined cave.

You can have the deck at midnight, the possum
vacuuming the yard in its white prowl,

if I can have the yard of wild dreaming, pesky
raccoons, and the roaming, occasional bear.

You can have the whole house, window to window,
roof to soffits to hardwood floors,

if I can have the screened porch at dawn,
the Milky Way, any comets in our yard.

Milky Way and pink light at mountains. Night colorful landscape. Starry sky with hills at summer. Beautiful Universe. Space background with galaxy. Travel background

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