17 October 2017 – Beleaguered in Bothell

Musings in Autumn: Pablo Picasso

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”

Art for Autumn – Part I of IV: Harold Altman (American, contemporary)

Below – “Park II”

Remembering an America Singer on the Date of His Death: Died 17 October 2008 – Levi Stubbs, vocalist and member of The Four Tops.

Art for Autumn – Part II of IV: Sunol Alvar (Spanish, contemporary)

Below – “Vision de Poeta”

Musings in Autumn: Lucy Maud Montgomery

“The only true animal is a cat, and the only true cat is a gray cat.”

Worth a Thousand Words: Yellowstone National Park.

Art for Autumn – Part III of IV: Robin John Anderson (American, contemporary)

Below – “Indian in Shades of Violet”

Musings in Autumn: Miguel de Unamuno

“Fascism is cured by reading, and racism is cured by traveling.”

Art for Autumn – Part IV of IV: Robert Anderson (American, contemporary)

Below – “Clarity, Movement and Power”

Musings in Autumn: Jack Kerouac

“The best teacher is experience and not through someone’s distorted point of view.”

American Art – David Fraley (1952-1999)

In the words of one writer, “A very creative, well-respected member of the Atlanta art scene between 1987 and his unexpected death in 1999 on the day of a major gallery opening.  A member of the ‘Taboo’ artist group, David created a simplified method of a complex painting style, and has rewarded us with many unique paintings.”

Below — “The Goddess of Lost Children”; “Blue Sky Police Dog”; “The End of Another Age”; “Huck Finn”; “String Theory, Sweat Therapy”; “Apollo Fragment.”

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Current Events – 17 October 2017

“The danger we face does not come from religion. It comes from a growing intellectual bankruptcy that is one of the symptoms of a dying culture. In ancient Rome, as the republic disintegrated and the Caesars were deified, as the Roman Senate became little more than an echo chamber of the emperor, the population’s attention was diverted by a series of frontier wars and violent and elaborate spectacles in the arena. The excitement of entertainment consumed ancient Rome’s emotional and intellectual life. It poisoned civic and political discourse. Social critics no longer had a form in which to speak. They were answered with ridicule and rage. It was not prerogative of the citizen to think.” – Chris Hedges; in the words of one writer, “Christopher Lynn Hedges is an American journalist, author, and war correspondent, specializing in American and Middle Eastern politics and societies.”

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16 October 2017 – Beleaguered in Bothell

Musings in Autumn: Yasunari Kawabata

“What I believe to be memories are probably daydreams. Still, my own sentimentality yearns for them as if they were the truth, suspect or twisted though they may be. I have forgotten that they were stories I heard from another and feel an intimacy with them as if they were my own direct memories.”

Art for Autumn – Part I of II: Carlos Almaraz (Mexican, 1941-1989)

Below – “Southwest Song”; Untitled; “Whatever Happened to the Inca?”; “Clock Struck”

Remembering a Writer on the Date of His Birth: Born 16 October 1854 – Oscar Wilde, Irish playwright, novelist, essayist, and poet.

Some quotes from the work of Oscar Wilde:

“Yes: I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.”
“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
“Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.”
“Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.”
“Never love anyone who treats you like you’re ordinary.”
“You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit.”
“I am not young enough to know everything.”
“You don’t love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.”
“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.”
“With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?”
“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”

Art for Autumn – Part II of II: Jere Allen (American, contemporary)

Below – Untitled

Remembering a Nobel Laureate on the Date of His Birth: Born 16 October 1888 – Eugene O’Neill, an American playwright and recipient of the 1936 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Some quotes from the work of Eugene O’Neill:

“I am so far from being a pessimist…on the contrary, in spite of my scars, I am tickled to death at life.”
“None of us can help the things life has done to us. They’re done before you realize it, and once they’re done they make you do other things until at last everything comes between you and what you’d like to be, and you’ve lost your true self forever.”
“It was a great mistake, my being born a man, I would have been much more successful as a seagull or a fish. As it is, I will always be a stranger who never feels at home, who does not really want and is not really wanted, who can never belong, who must be a little in love with death!”
“Obsessed by a fairy tale, we spend our lives searching for a magic door and a lost kingdom of peace.”
“Censorship of anything, at any time, in any place, on whatever pretense, has always been and always will be the last resort of the boob and the bigot.”
“The fog was where I wanted to be. Halfway down the path you can’t see this house. You’d never know it was here. Or any of the other places down the avenue. I couldn’t see but a few feet ahead. I didn’t meet a soul. Everything looked and sounded unreal. Nothing was what it is. That’s what I wanted—to be alone with myself in another world where truth is untrue and life can hide from itself. Out beyond the harbor, where the road runs along the beach, I even lost the feeling of being on land. The fog and the sea seemed part of each other. It was like walking on the bottom of the sea. As if I had drowned long ago. As if I was the ghost belonging to the fog, and the fog was the ghost of the sea. It felt damned peaceful to be nothing more than a ghost within a ghost.”
“Be always drunken. Nothing else matters: that is the only question. If you would not feel the horrible burden of Time weighing on your shoulders and crushing you to the earth, be drunken continually.
Drunken with what? With wine, with poetry, or with virtue, as you will. But be drunken.”

Contemporary Russian Art – Ilya Zomb

In the words of one writer, “Occupying the shadowy space ‘between the possible and impossible, the real and unreal,’ Zomb’s works are reminiscent of such diverse masters as Botticelli, Degas, and Magritte—but perhaps one of the most intriguing aspects of this Russian artist’s work is that, despite myriad tempting comparisons, it remains curiously unique.”

Below – “Seeded Grapes”; “Balance Above the Waves”; “Between Doves and Classicism”; “Niche of Triple Formation”; “Full Moon Over Chatham Tides”; “Scene of Pastoral-Yoga Picnic in Desert.”

Worth a Thousand Words: The business center of Belle Fourche, South Dakota, the geographical center of the United States.

Contemporary Catalonian Art – Regina Saura

Artist Statement: “My trip to Bordeaux, France was inspiration for this body of work. I chose Bordeaux and its surroundings because it offers different wine areas, each with its own peculiarities and varieties. I settled in Saint Emilion and photographed the atmosphere of the towns, the colors, and created my compositions. I experimented with the fog, vanishing points, silver and gold colors, warm and cold colors to be able to transmit the atmosphere that I experienced. I used different techniques such as silk screen prints on the fabric or papers for collage. This work represented an apprenticeship of the composition and mathematics present in nature.”

Below – “Verde Intense”; “Moulon”; “Cep Blau”; “Cep Feliz”; “Pomerol”; “Cep Abstracto.”

Remembering a Nobel Laureate on the Date of His Birth: Born 16 October 1927 – Gunter Grass, a German novelist, poet, playwright, graphic artist, illustrator, sculptor, and recipient of the 1999 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Some quotes from the work of Gunter Grass:

“There is something very strange and childish in the way grown-ups feel about their clocks—in that respect, I was never a child. I am willing to agree that the clock is probably the most remarkable thing that grown-ups ever produced. Grown-ups have it in them to be creative, and sometimes, with the help of ambition, hard work, and a bit of luck they actually are, but being grown-ups, they have no sooner created some epoch-making invention than they become a slave to it.”
“After the collapse of socialism, capitalism remained without a rival. This unusual situation unleashed its greedy and – above all – its suicidal power. The belief is now that everything – and everyone – is fair game.”
“But every time I shunned books, as scholars sometimes do, cursed them as verbal graveyards, and tried to make contact with the common folk, I ran up against the kids in our building and felt fortunate, after a few brushes with those little cannibals, to return to my reading in one piece.”
“Memory likes to play hide-and-seek, to crawl away. It tends to hold forth, to dress up, often needlessly. Memory contradicts itself; pedant that it is, it will have its way.”
“Because men
are killing the forests
the fairy tales are running away.
The spindle doesn’t know
whom to prick,
the little girl’s hands
that her father has chopped off,
haven’t a single tree to catch hold of,
the third wish remains unspoken.
King Thrushbeard no longer owns one thing.
Children can no longer get lost.
The number seven means no more than exactly seven.
Because men have killed the forests,
the fairy tales are trotting off to the cities
and end badly.”

Contemporary American Art – David Bradley – Part I of II

In the words of one writer, “David Bradley (born 1954) is a Minnesota Chippewa artist. He is known for his sociopolitical critique of contemporary Native American art, and as an artist-activist battling art fraud among other concerns.”

Below – “Storyteller”; “The Last Wild Indian”; “Hopi Maiden IV”; “The Married Woman”; “Indian Country Today”; “Five Dancers Posing.”

A Poem for Today

“Going to Walden”
By Mary Oliver

It isn’t very far as highways lie.
I might be back by nightfall, having seen
The rough pines, and the stones, and the clear water.
Friends argue that I might be wiser for it.
They do not hear that far-off Yankee whisper:
How dull we grow from hurrying here and there!
Many have gone, and think me half a fool
To miss a day away in the cool country.
Maybe. But in a book I read and cherish,
Going to Walden is not so easy a thing
As a green visit. It is the slow and difficult
Trick of living, and finding it where you are.

Contemporary American Art – David Bradley: Part II of II

In the words of one writer, “David Bradley needed Santa Fe and Santa Fe needed David Bradley. He could’ve gone anywhere, any place in Indian country, any city or big art market town in the nation but sometimes you can’t pass up the perfect fit—even if you’re making it fit whether they like it or not. And everyone liked it, Natives and non-Natives loved his humor and criticisms, if you thought you were somebody then you should be in one of his paintings. David’s paintings are narratives, a welcome to and a tour through… Indian country.”

Below – “Sleeping Indian”; “Lone Ranger and Tonto Revisited”; “Harvest Moon”; “Pow Wow Princess, Southwest”; “The Passage”; “End of the Trail.”

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Current Events -16 October 2017

“Electing a bigot enables further bigotry.” – DeShanne Stokes; in the words of one writer, “Powerful, inspirational, and known for digging deep beneath the surface, Dr. DaShanne Stokes is a recognized thought leader, sociologist, author, speaker, and pundit. A scholar of politics, culture, and civil rights, he has been an invited college speaker and a sought after guest featured on NPR, BBC, NBC, CBS, MSN.com, and other media.”

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15 October 2017 – Beleaguered in Bothell

Musings in Autumn: Samantha Power

“Without investing in the rule of law for the poor, none of the other investments we make will be sustainable.”

Art for Autumn – Part I of III: Fernando Alcaraz (Spanish, contemporary)

Below – “Beach”

Remembering a Famous Spy on the Date of Her Death: Died 15 October 1917 – Mata Hari, who was, in the words of one writer, “a Dutch exotic dancer and courtesan who was convicted of being a spy for Germany during World War I and executed by firing squad in France.

Art for Autumn – Part II of III: Juergen Aldag (German, 1955-2006)

Below – “Nile II”; “Fantasy Tale”; “Bird”

Musings in Autumn: Jack Kerouac

“No man should go through life without once experiencing healthy, even bored solitude in the wilderness, finding himself depending solely on himself and thereby learning his true and hidden strength. Learning for instance, to eat when he’s hungry and sleep when he’s sleepy.”

Art for Autumn – Part III of III: John Alexander (American, contemporary)

Below – “Marsh Scene”

Worth a Thousand Words: Kyoto, Japan.

Today in Art History: Born 15 October 1836 – Jacques Joseph Tissot, a French painter and illustrator.

Below – “October”; “On the Thames”; “Women of Paris – The Circus”; “Young Ladies Looking at Japanese Objects”

Musings in Autumn: Og Mandino

“I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.”

Today in Art History: Born 15 October 1942 – Hilo Chen, a Taiwanese-born American painter who works in a photorealistic style.

Below – “Beach 164”; “Beach 30”; “Soccer Players in Central Park”; “Roof-Top Sunbather”

A Poem for Today

“Leaves Before the Wind”
By May Sarton

We have walked, looked at the actual trees:
The chestnut leaves wide-open like a hand,
The beech leaves bronzing under every breeze,
We have felt flowing through our knees
As if we were the wind.

We have sat silent when two horses came,
Jangling their harness, to mow the long grass.
We have sat long and never found a name
For this suspension in the heart of flame
That does not pass.

We have said nothing; we have parted often,
Not looking back, as if departure took
An absolute of will–once not again
(But this is each day’s feat, as when
The heart first shook).

Where fervor opens every instant so,
There is no instant that is not a curve,
And we are always coming as we go;
We lean toward the meeting that will show
Love’s very nerve.

And so exposed (O leaves before the wind!)
We bear this flowing fire, forever free,
And learn through devious paths to find
The whole, the center, and perhaps unbind
The mystery

Where there are no roots, only fervent leaves,
Nourished on meditations and the air,
Where all that comes is also all that leaves,
And every hope compassionately lives
Close to despair.

Contemporary Mexican Art – Alejandro Rivera

In the words of one writer, “Rivera seems to find inspiration in many forms – music, literature, nature, culture, love and often in current events.  It is the nature of Rivera’s work to require of his audience true contemplation. Rarely are things quite as they appear at first site. There is a gradual unveiling of meaning over time as new images are discovered and re-interpreted. Surely it will take numerous viewings for the true meaning to become clear and perhaps, this is the most delightfully intriguing characteristic of all of Rivera’s paintings, the ability to freshly captivate the mind upon each viewing.”

Below – “The Origin of Flowers”; “Paradise Lost and Found”; “The Perpetual Memory”; “Little Flora”; “Sphynx.”

Musings in Autumn: Jim Harrison

“I hope to define my life, whatever is left, by migrations, south and north with the birds and far from the metallic fever of clocks, the self staring at the clock saying, ‘I must do this.’ I can’t tell the time on the tongue of the river in the cool morning air, the smell of the ferment of greenery, the dust off the canyon’s rock walls, the swallows swooping above the scent of raw water.”

American Art – John Henry Twachtman (1853-1902)

In the words of one writer, John Henry Twachtman “was an American painter best known for his impressionist landscapes, though his painting style varied widely through his career. Art historians consider Twachtman’s style of American Impressionism to be among the more personal and experimental of his generation.”

Below – “Early Winter”; “October”; “Middlebrook Farm”; “Wild Cherry Tree”; “The White Bridge”; “Landscape, Branchville.”

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Current Events – 15 October 2017

“I can only imagine that future generations will consider us to have been barbaric for our intolerance of differences.” – Cathy Burnham Martin, American writer.

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14 October 2017 – Beleaguered in Bothell

Remembering an American Poet on the Date of His Birth: Born 14 October 1894 – e e cummings, poet and playwright.

“[i carry your heart with me (i carry it in]”
By e e cummings

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
i fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

Art for Autumn – Part I of IV: Paul Aizpiri (French, 1919-2016)

Below – Untitled

For Your Information: 14 October is National Dessert Day in the United States.

Art for Autumn – Part II of IV: Karl Albert (American, 1911-2007)

Below – “Desert in Bloom”

Worth a Thousand Words: The Golden Temple, Amritsar, India.

Art for Autumn – Part III of IV: Adam Emory Albright (American, 1862-1957)

Below – “Sitting for Portrait”

Musings in Autumn: Neil Gaiman

“Religions are, by definition, metaphors, after all: God is a dream, a hope, a woman, an ironist, a father, a city, a house of many rooms, a watchmaker who left his prize chronometer in the desert, someone who loves you—even, perhaps, against all evidence, a celestial being whose only interest is to make sure your football team, army, business, or marriage thrives, prospers, and triumphs over all opposition. Religions are places to stand and look and act, vantage points from which to view the world. So none of this is happening. Such things could not occur. Never a word of it is literally true.”

Art for Autumn – Part IV of IV: Lita Albuquerque (American, contemporary)

Below – “Solar Geometry”

Remembering an Important Political Theorist and Philosopher on the Date of Her Birth: Born 14 October 1906 – Hannah Arendt, influential German-born American political theorist.

Some quotes from the work of Hannah Arendt:

“The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.”
“Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it.”
“The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative the day after the revolution.”
“The aim of totalitarian education has never been to instill convictions but to destroy the capacity to form any.”
“There are no dangerous thoughts; thinking itself is dangerous.”
“The trouble with Eichmann was precisely that so many were like him, and that the many were neither perverted nor sadistic, that they were, and still are, terribly and terrifyingly normal. From the viewpoint of our legal institutions and of our moral standards of judgment, this normality was much more terrifying than all the atrocities put together.”
“Clichés, stock phrases, adherence to conventional, standardized codes of expression and conduct have the socially recognized function of protecting us against reality, that is, against the claim on our thinking attention that all events and facts make by virtue of their existence.”
“Education is the point at which we decide whether we love the world enough to assume responsibility for it, and by the same token save it from that ruin which except for renewal, except for the coming of the new and the young, would be inevitable. And education, too, is where we decide whether we love our children enough not to expel them from our world and leave them to their own devices, nor to strike from their hands their chance of undertaking something new, something unforeseen by us, but to prepare them in advance for the task of renewing a common world.”

Contemporary Mexican Art – Guillermo Pacheco

In the words one writer, “Guillermo Pacheco completed his studies at the School of Arts and Trades of the Autonomous University of Sinaloa (UAS) where he learned painting, photography and art history. He was a founding member of the Sinaloa Science Center where he created the Department of Graphic Design in collaboration with the School of Sinaloa. In 1992 he moved to the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, his father’s native land, entered the School of Fine Arts of Oaxaca (UABJO) and Taller Rufino Tamayo. He worked for the restoration project of Monte Albán as field draftsman and later in the Santo Domingo project in the areas of Conservation and Restoration and Archeology. He also worked in community museums as coordinator of the Oaxacan Central Valleys. In 1996 he entered the Quetzalli Gallery. In 1997 he signed an exclusive agreement with the Swatch Watch Company for design and production of the Latin Art Collection. In 2002 he traveled to Spain, France, Italy and Morocco. In 2003 he traveled to Cuba to work in the graphic workshop of Havana creating various lithographs and monotypes.
He currently paints and works on installation projects in the city of Oaxaca collaborating with galleries such as Manuel García Arte Contemporáneo (Oaxaca), Galería Urbana (Mexico, D.F.) and Caldwell Snyder (San Francisco). His work is exhibited in Mexico and abroad: Japan, the United States, Germany, Argentina, Central America, Ecuador, Cuba, Nepal.”

Below – “Fertility”; “Blue Agave”; “The Harvest”; “Bulerias.”

Musings in Autumn: James Baldwin

“Life is tragic simply because the earth turns and the sun inexorably rises and sets, and one day, for each of us, the sun will go down for the last, last time. Perhaps the whole root of our trouble, the human trouble, is that we will sacrifice all the beauty of our lives, will imprison ourselves in totems, taboos, crosses, blood sacrifices, steeples, mosques, races, armies, flags, nations, in order to deny the fact of death, the only fact we have. It seems to me that one ought to rejoice in the fact of death–ought to decide, indeed, to earn one’s death by confronting with passion the conundrum of life. One is responsible for life: It is the small beacon in that terrifying darkness from which we come and to which we shall return.”

Contemporary American Art – Douglas Schneider

In the words of one writer, “Douglas Schneider’s paintings are multifaceted, conceptually rich collages of techniques, ideas, and source material. In energetic color, he blends guration with abstraction, art historical references with contemporary motifs, text with image, and improvisation with structure. His new works explore a fascination with the world of dance, capturing ballerinas in mid-expression, giving us snapshots of intricate performances, and suggesting music and re ective, emotional states. Seeking a subject that exempli es uplifting human behavior in times of strife, dance serves as a metaphor for Schneider. His awless dancers seem to rise above the chaos and decay of crumbling mansions as they dance through the ruins of these fallen buildings.”

Below – “Earth”; “Breathe”; “War Dance”; “How I Remember You”; “Walking on the Stars”; “The Precipice.”

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Current Events – 14 October 2017

“They’re not pro-life. You know what they are? They’re anti-woman. Simple as it gets, anti-woman. They don’t like them. They don’t like women. They believe a woman’s primary role is to function as a brood mare for the state.” – George Carlin.

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13 October 2017 – Beleaguered in Bothell

A reminder: Today is Friday the 13th.

Musings in Autumn: Paul Bowles

“And it occurred to him that a walk through the countryside was a sort of epitome of the passage through life itself. One never took the time to savor the details; one said: another day, but always with the hidden knowledge that each day was unique and final, that there never would be a return, another time.”

Art for Autumn – Part I of III: Segundo Huertas Aguiar (Argentinian, contemporary)

Below – “Birch Trees”

Remembering an American Entrepreneur on the Date of His Birth: Born 13 October 1872 – Leonard Leonwood Bean, a businessman, author, and founder of L.L. Bean.

Art for Autumn – Part II of III: Otto Aguiar (Brazilian, 1938-2006)

Below – “Purple Pantry”

Worth a Thousand Words: A photograph of the surface of Venus taken by the Russian probe Venere-13 in 1982.

Art for Autumn – Part III of III: Roy Ahlgren (American, 1927-2011)

Below – “Confluence”

Remembering a Nobel Laureate on the Date of His Death: Died 13 October 2016 – Dairo Fo, an Italian actor, playwright, comedian, singer, theater director, stage designer, songwriter, painter, political campaigner, and the recipient of the 1997 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Some quotes from the work of Dario Fo:

“With comedy I can search for the profound.”
“A theatre, a literature, an artistic expression that does not speak for its own time has no relevance.”
“It is hard for power to enjoy or incorporate humour and satire in its system of control.”
“It is extremely dangerous to talk about limits or borders. It is vital, instead, that we remain completely open, that we are always involved, and that we aim to contribute personally in social events.”
“We thought the church had withdrawn from interfering in Italian politics… but instead there is a terrible resurgence. These are ugly signs for freedom of expression.”
“Comedy makes the subversion of the existing state of affairs possible.”
“Know how to live the time that is given you.”

This Date in Art History: Died 13 October 1930 – Thomas Alexander Harrison an American marine painter who spent most of his career in France.

Below – “Castles in Spain”; “Les Amateurs”; “The Wave”; “Solitude”; “Marine”; “In Arcadie.”

Musings in Autumn: Jim Harrison

“Above all, do not lose your desire to walk: every day I walk myself into a state of well-being and walk away from every illness; I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it . . . but by sitting still, and the more one sits still, the closer one comes to feeling ill. . . . Thus if one just keeps on walking, everything will be all right.”

This Date in Art History: Died 13 October 1981 – Delesio Antonio Berni, an Argentinean figurative artist.

Below – “La Espera”; “Desoccupados”; “Juanito tocándo la flauta”; “Farmers”; Untitled; Untitled.

A Poem for Today

“Evening Ebb”
By Robinson Jeffers

The ocean has not been so quiet for a long while; five night herons
Fly shorelong voiceless in the hush of the air
Over the calm of an ebb that almost mirrors their wings.
The sun has gone down, and the water has gone down
From the weed-clad rock, but the distant cloud-wall rises. The
ebb whispers.
Great cloud-shadows float in the opal water.
Through rifts in the screen of the world pale gold gleams, and the
Star suddenly glides like a flying torch.
As if we had not been meant to see her; rehearsing behind
The screen of the world for another audience.

This Date in Art History: Born 13 October 1929 – Walasse Ting, a Chinese-American visual artist and poet.

Below – “Woman Eating Watermelon”; “Today Is Very Hot”; “Parrots”; “Promise? Give Me a Sunset”; “Raindrops on My Eyes”; “Goya’s Lover.”

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Current Events – 13 October 2017

“But when our elected officials and our political campaign become entirely untethered to reason and facts and analysis, when it doesn’t matter what’s true and what’s not, that makes it all but impossible for us to make good decisions on behalf of future generations. It threatens the values of respect and tolerance that we teach our children and that are the source of America’s strength. It frays the habits of the heart that underpin any civilized society — because how we operate is not just based on laws, it’s based on habits and customs and restraint and respect.” – Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States.

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