Monthly Archives: April 2015

April Offerings – Part XXVI: Something to Delight both Head and Heart

American Art – Part I of VI: Gaela Erwin Artist Statement: “Self-portraits are a recurrent theme in my work. This motif allows me the luxury of working from life without the worry of mounting model bills and the ease of … Continue reading

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American Muse: W. S. Merwin

“For a Coming Extinction” Gray whale Now that we are sending you to The End That great god Tell him That we who follow you invented forgiveness And forgive nothing I write as though you could understand And I could … Continue reading

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April Offerings – Part XXV: Something to Delight both Head and Heart

American Art – Part I of III: Justin Balliet In the words of one critic, “Justin Balliet is a realist artist based out of Northeast Pennsylvania and a former apprentice of the Waichulis Studio. Balliet seeks to push his realism … Continue reading

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American Muse: Amy Lowell

“Venus Transiens” Tell me, Was Venus more beautiful Than you are, When she topped The crinkled waves, Drifting shoreward On her plaited shell? Was Botticelli’s vision Fairer than mine; And were the painted rosebuds He tossed his lady Of better … Continue reading

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April Offerings – Part XXIV: Something to Delight both Head and Heart

American Art – Part I of IV: George Grey Barnard Died 24 April 1938 – George Grey Barnard, an American sculptor. Below (left to right) – “The Prodigal”; “Refugee”; “Statue of a Girl”; “The Struggle of Two Natures in Man.” … Continue reading

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American Muse: Edwin Markham

“A Workman to the Gods” Once Phidias stood, with hammer in his hand, Carving Minerva from the breathing stone, Tracing with love the winding of a hair, A single hair upon her head, whereon A youth of Athens cried, “O … Continue reading

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April Offerings – Part XXIII: Something to Delight both Head and Heart

American Art – Part I of V: Joseph Pennell Died 23 April 1926 – Joseph Pennell, an American artist. Below – “East and West Ham”; “Steam Shovel at Work in the Culebra Cut”; “An Afternoon Call”; “London Street, Limehouse”; “In … Continue reading

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American Muse: Lawson Fusao Inada

“Memory” Memory is an old Mexican woman sweeping her yard with a broom. She has grown even smaller now, residing at that vanishing point decades after one dies, but at some times, given the right conditions— an ordinary dream, or … Continue reading

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April Offerings – Part XXII: Something to Delight both Head and Heart

American Art – Part I of VI: Dominic Avant Artist Statement: “I mainly work in oils on figurative and landscape subjects. Because of my passion for plein air painting, I use a strong play of light and color to create … Continue reading

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American Muse: Jane Kenyon

“Twilight: After Haying” Yes, long shadows go out from the bales; and yes, the soul must part from the body: what else could it do? The men sprawl near the baler, too tired to leave the field. They talk and … Continue reading

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