American Art – Maynard Dixon (1875-1946)
“To me, no painter has ever quite understood the light, the distances, the aboriginal ghostliness of the American West as well as Maynard Dixon. The great mood of his work is solitude, the effect of land and space on people. While his work stands perfectly well on its claims to beauty, it offers a spiritual view of the West indispensable to anyone who would understand it.” – Thomas McGuane, American author.
Below – “Boulder Valley, Utah”; “Rain For The Gulf”; “Desert Mesa”; “Desert Journey”; “Remembrance of Tusayan”; November in Nevada.”
Remembering a Nobel Laureate on the Date of His Birth: Born 11 December 1918 – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, a Russian novelist, historian, short story writer, and recipient of the 1970 Nobel Prize in Literature.
Some quotes from the work of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn:
“If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?”
“The strength or weakness of a society depends more on the level of its spiritual life than on its level of industrialization. Neither a market economy nor even general abundance constitutes the crowning achievement of human life. If a nation’s spiritual energies have been exhausted, it will not be saved from collapse by the most perfect government structure or by any industrial development. A tree with a rotten core cannot stand.”
“It’s an universal law– intolerance is the first sign of an inadequate education. An ill-educated person behaves with arrogant impatience, whereas truly profound education breeds humility.”
“You can resolve to live your life with integrity. Let your credo be this: “Let the lie come into the world, let it even triumph. But not through me.”
“The timid civilized world has found nothing with which to oppose the onslaught of a sudden revival of barefaced barbarity, other than concessions and smiles.”
“Unlimited power in the hands of limited people always leads to cruelty.”
“If you want to change the world, who do you begin with, yourself or others? I believe if we begin with ourselves and do the things that we need to do and become the best person we can be, we have a much better chance of changing the world for the better.”
Contemporary Iranian/Canadian Art – Majid Eskandari
Below – Untitled – A/29; Untitled – J/10; Untitled – J/9; Untitled – M/17; Untitled – A/34; Untitled – M/14.
by Keith Waldrop
The wind dying, I find a city deserted, except for crowds of
people moving and standing.
Those standing resemble stories, like stones, coal from the
death of plants, bricks in the shape of teeth.
I begin now to write down all the places I have not been—
starting with the most distant.
I build houses that I will not inhabit.
Below – “Places II”; “Next station Maslonskie-Natlin”; “A koc się już sfilcował”; “In daylight everything looks different”; “Loneliness.”
Remembering an Influential Musician on the Date of His Death: Died ii December 2012 – Ravi Shankar, an Indian sitar player and composer.
Contemporary Croatian Art – Lena Kramaric: Part I of II.
Below – “Season changes”; “Summer snow”; “Relations 2”; “Red socks”; “Another media, another technique, same author”; “Relations 3.”
“Walking in the Woods”
by Grace Paley
That’s when I saw the old maple
a couple of its thick arms cracked
one arm reclining half rotted
into earth black with the delicious
hospitality of rot to the
the tree not really dying living
less widely green head high
above the other leaf-crowded
trees a terrible stretch to sun
just to stay alive but if you’ve
liked life you do it
Below – William Lester Stevens: “Old Maple Tree.”
Contemporary Croatian Art – Lena Kramaric: Part II of II.
Below – “If I ever feel better”; “Royal”; “Red in the snow”; “Over the snow-border 3”; “Wherefrom snow”; “Dubrovnik (duck) in the palm (of your hand).”
Some quotes from the work of Thomas McGuane:
“We have reached the time in the life of the planet, and humanity’s demand upon it, when every fisherman will have to be a river-keeper, a steward of marine shallows, a watchman on the high seas. We are beyond having to put back what we have taken out. We must put back more than we take out.”
“I’d be happy to have my biography be the stories of my dogs. To me, to live without dogs would mean accepting a form of blindness.”
“The occupational hazard of making a spectacle of yourself, over the long haul, is that at some point you buy a ticket too.”
“My life was the best omelette you could make with a chainsaw.”
“Something had gone amiss with men, and the weak ones were dangerous.”
“An undisturbed river is as perfect as we will ever know, every refractive slide of cold water a glimpse of eternity.”
“I may be the wrong person for my life.”