Monthly Archives: February 2015

February Offerings – Part XIX: Something to Delight both Head and Heart

Happy New Year! I hope that everyone enjoys great happiness and prosperity during the Year of the Goat. In the words of one critic, “Jin Hongjun (born 1937) is a native of Beijing. His family are descendants of the Emperors … Continue reading

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American Muse: Allen Ginsberg

“Eastern Ballad” I speak of love that comes to mind: The moon is faithful, although blind; She moves in thought she cannot speak. Perfect care has made her bleak. I never dreamed the sea so deep, The earth so dark; … Continue reading

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February Offerings – Part XVIII: Something to Delight both Head and Heart

American Art – Part I of IV: Sarah Takahashi Artist Statement: “The portrait is one of the most widely recognized forms of visual art- both the simplest and most complex of subjects. As simple as the depiction of the angles … Continue reading

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American Muse: Emily Dickinson

“Tell all the truth but tell it slant -” Tell all the truth but tell it slant — Success in Circuit lies Too bright for our infirm Delight The Truth’s superb surprise As Lightning to the Children eased With explanation … Continue reading

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February Offerings – Part XVII: Something to Delight both Head and Heart

American Art – Part I of IV: Raphael Peale Born 17 February 1774 – Raphael Peale, an artist considered the first professional American painter of still life. Below (left to right) – “Venus Rising from the Sea – A Deception … Continue reading

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American Muse: Kay Ryan

“A Certain Kind of Eden” It seems like you could, but you can’t go back and pull the roots and runners and replant. It’s all too deep for that. You’ve overprized intention, have mistaken any bent you’re given for control. … Continue reading

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February Offerings – Part XVI: Something to Delight both Head and Heart

American Art – Part I of II: Esther Bubley Born 16 February 1921 – Esther Bubley, an American photographer who, in the words of one critic, “specialized in expressive photos of ordinary people in everyday lives.” Below – “Nighthawke”; “Muriel … Continue reading

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American Muse: Kevin Goodan

“(to crave what the light does crave)” to crave what the light does crave to shelter, to flee to gain desire of every splayed leaf to calm cattle, to heat the mare to coax dead flies back from slumber to … Continue reading

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February Offerings – Part XV: Something to Delight both Head and Heart

American Art – Part I of V: Chistina Ramos Here is how one critic describes the artistry of Christina Ramos: “Christina Ramos’s paintings express her love of people and the world around her. Her use of vibrant color and realistic … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day – 2015

Art For Valentine’s Day – Part I of VII: Raphael Below – “Venus and Cupid” (1517-1518). 14 February 1849 – In New York City, James Knox Polk becomes the first serving President of the United States to have his photograph … Continue reading

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