July Offerings – Part X: Something to Delight both Head and Heart

American Art – Part I of III: Janet Cook

In the words of one critic, “Janet Cook is “a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, the Connecticut Pastel Society, and an elected Resident Artist Member of the Salmagundi Club, NYC. In 2007 she received the Gold Medal Master Circle Award at the International Association of Pastel Societies. Cook has also won numerous accolades and prizes in both state and national competitions including two first prizes at the National Academy Museum, School of Art and the Silver Medal at the Allied Artists of America annual show.”

From the American History Archives – Part I of II: Wyoming

10 July 1890 – Wyoming is admitted as the 44th U.S. state.
Backpacking Wind River, Summit Lake Loop

In the words of one writer, “Mertim Gokalp is a Sydney- based artist of Turkish origin who has been recently granted a distinguished talent visa by the Australian Government to allow him to live and work in Australia. He has moved to Sydney in 2009 and since then he has been working from his studio in Balmain.”
Artist Statement: “To me, painting is a synthesis of my feelings, inspirations, reactions and struggles; it is a way of breathing in and out…Painting portrait is one of my passions as it is a great area to explore the underpinnings of human psychology. Using the narrative potential of portrait painting, I aim to challenge the viewers and confront them with their most inner feelings.
My portraits are not literal representations of people posing or sitting. These are subjective portraits of the psyche. All portraits reveal something about the subject, but they are open to many interpretations as they are enigmatic most of the time. My portraits are a celebration of the human form.”

From the American History Archives – Part II of II: Telstar

10 July 1962 – Telstar, the world’s first communications satellite, is launched into orbit.

A musical tribute to the event by The Tornados:

Spanish artist Abraham Pinto Mendoza (born 1976) is a self-taught painter.

A Man of Many Voices – Part I of II: Jerry Nelson

“Greetings. I am the Count. I am called the Count, because I love to count things.”- Jerry Nelson, an American puppeteer best known for his work with The Muppets, who was born 10 July 1934, portraying Count von Count, the counting vampire.

French Art – Part I of II: Camille Pissarro

Born 10 July 1830 – Camille Pissarro, a French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painter.

Below – “Two Women Chatting by the Sea”; “Entrance to the Village of Voisins”; “The Road to Versailles at Louveciennes”; “Bath Road, Chiswick”; “Landscape at Pontoise”; “Orchard in Bloom, Louveciennes”; “The Hay Crop, Eragny”; “Pont Boieldieu in Rouen, Rainy Weather”; “Old Chelsea Bridge.”

A Man of Many Voices – Part II of II: Mel Blanc

“That’s All Folks!” – The epitaph of Mel Blanc, one of the most accomplished and influential voice actors in the history of American popular entertainment, who died 10 June 1989.
In the words of one writer, “Although he began his more than six-decade-long career performing in radio, Blanc is best remembered for his work with Warner Bros. as the voices of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Tweety Bird, Sylvester the Cat, Yosemite Sam, Foghorn Leghorn, Marvin the Martian, Pepé Le Pew, Speedy Gonzales, Wile E. Coyote, the Tasmanian Devil and many of the other characters from the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoon short films, during the golden age of American animation.”

In the words of one writer, “Zeng Chuanxing was born in Longchang County, Sichuan Province, in 1974. He majored in oil painting at the Central University for Nationalities from 1995 to 1998.
Having grown up among ethnic groups, Zeng is familiar with their life and has developed strong feelings towards them. Minority girls are a major theme of Zeng’s paintings he is especially fond of classical realism; a means through which he believes can thoroughly and delicately express his feelings. He stresses careful depiction of his characters’ eyes and hands, because he feels that eyes and hands vividly and truly reflect a human being’s soul. Characters in his works are often quiet and melancholy, a feeling projected by the brown or grayish blue backgrounds. Zeng is expert at passing on his feelings and attitudes towards life through the tone of colours. Zeng’s style is a kind of cold abstractionism for realistic paintings.
(His) beautifully serene depictions of ‘paper brides’ are attracting much attention, mostly because of their honesty and beauty, but also because of the expert way in which they are painted, the canvas dripping with emotion and feeling.”

“I don’t care that they stole my idea . . I care that they don’t have any of their own.” – Nikola Tesla, a Serbian-American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system, who was born 10 July 1856.

“The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.”
“The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.”
“Of all things, I liked books best.”
“My brain is only a receiver, in the Universe there is a core from which we obtain knowledge, strength and inspiration. I have not penetrated into the secrets of this core, but I know that it exists.”
“What we now want is closer contact and better understanding between individuals and communities all over the earth, and the elimination of egoism and pride which is always prone to plunge the world into primeval barbarism and strife… Peace can only come as a natural consequence of universal enlightenment…”

French Art – Part II of II: Bernard Buffet

Born 10 July 1928 – Bernard Buffet, a French Expressionist painter.

Below – “The Clown and the Musician”; “Paimpol”; “New York, Brooklyn Bridge”; “Chateau de la Baume”; “Anemones and Tulips”; “Tower Bridge.”

From the Music Archives: Arlo Guthrie

“I don’t want a pickle, just want to ride on my motorsickle.” – Arlo Guthrie, American folk singer, who was born 7 July 1947.

Bosnian painter Sadko Hadzihasanovic (born 1959) has a B.F.A. from the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo and an M.F.A. from the University of Belgrade. He now lives and works in Toronto.

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” – Marcel Proust, a French novelist, critic, essayist, and author of “In Search of Lost Time” (earlier translated as “Remembrance of Things Past” and published in seven parts between 1913 and 1927)), who was born 10 July 1871.

Some quotes from the work of Marcel Proust:

“Remembrance of things past is not necessarily the remembrance of things as they were.”
“Always try to keep a patch of sky above your life.”
“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”
“Every reader, as he reads, is actually the reader of himself. The writer’s work is only a kind of optical instrument he provides the reader so he can discern what he might never have seen in himself without this book. The reader’s recognition in himself of what the book says is the proof of the book’s truth.”
“We don’t receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us.”
“Let us leave pretty women to men with no imagination.”
“It comes so soon, the moment when there is nothing left to wait for.”
“If a little dreaming is dangerous, the cure for it is not to dream less, but to dream more, to dream all the time.”
“The true paradises are the paradises that we have lost.”
“People do not die for us immediately, but remain bathed in a sort of aura of life which bears no relation to true immortality but through which they continue to occupy our thoughts in the same way as when they were alive. It is as though they were traveling abroad.”
“Reading is that fruitful miracle of a communication in the midst of solitude.”
“There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we believe we left without having lived them, those we spent with a favorite book.”
“People who are not in love fail to understand how an intelligent man can suffer because of a very ordinary woman. This is like being surprised that anyone should be stricken with cholera because of a creature so insignificant as the common bacillus.”
“Desire makes everything blossom; possession makes everything wither and fade. ”
“Thanks to art, instead of seeing one world only, our own, we see that world multiply itself and we have at our disposal as many worlds as there are original artists, worlds more different one from the other than those which revolve in infinite space, worlds which, centuries after the extinction of the fire from which their light first emanated, whether it is called Rembrandt or Vermeer, send us still each one its special radiance.”

Died 10 July 1806 – George Stubbs, an English artist best known for his paintings of horses.

Below – “Mares and Foals in a Landscape”; “A Lion Attacking a Horse”; “Whistlejacket”; “‘Gnawpost’ and Two Other Colts”; “The Fall of Phaeton”; “Yak.”
(c) Walker Art Gallery; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation
National Trust; (c) Saltram; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation
Nobel Laureate: Alice Munroe

“There is a limit to the amount of misery and disarray you will put up with, for love, just as there is a limit to the amount of mess you can stand around a house. You can’t know the limit beforehand, but you will know when you’ve reached it. I believe this.” – Alice Munroe, Canadian author and recipient of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature for being a “master of the contemporary short story,” who was born 10 July 1931.

Some quotes from the work of Alice Munroe:

“A story is not like a road to follow … it’s more like a house. You go inside and stay there for a while, wandering back and forth and settling where you like and discovering how the room and corridors relate to each other, how the world outside is altered by being viewed from these windows. And you, the visitor, the reader, are altered as well by being in this enclosed space, whether it is ample and easy or full of crooked turns, or sparsely or opulently furnished. You can go back again and again, and the house, the story, always contains more than you saw the last time. It also has a sturdy sense of itself of being built out of its own necessity, not just to shelter or beguile you.”
“In your life there are a few places, or maybe only the one place, where something happened, and then there are all the other places.”
“I can’t play bridge. I don’t play tennis. All those things that people learn, and I admire, there hasn’t seemed time for. But what there is time for is looking out the window.”
“Life would be grand if it weren’t for the people.”
“This is what happens. You put it away for a little while, and now and again you look in the closet for something else and you remember, and you think, soon. Then it becomes something that is just there, in the closet, and other things get crowded in front of it and on top of it and finally you don’t think about it at all.
The thing that was your bright treasure. You don’t think about it. A loss you could not contemplate at one time, and now it becomes something you can barely remember.
This is what happens.
Few people, very few, have a treasure, and if you do you must hang onto it. You must not let yourself be waylaid, and have it taken from you.”

In the words of one critic, painter Tony Onley (1928-2004) was “born in Douglas, Isle of Man, England, the son of James and Florence (Lord) Onley. His father was an English actor. Toni attended St. Mary’s primary school and Ingleby Secondary School, Isle of Man, then studied under a local landscape water colourist John Nicholson and at the Douglas School of Fine Arts (1942-46).
He came to Canada in 1948 and settled for a time at Brantford, Ontario. He took further study at the Doon School of Fine Art in 1951 under Carl Schaefer. In his early work Onley was influenced by British painters John Cotman and Peter DeWint and did traditional landscapes. He married Brantford art critic and amateur painter Mary Burrows in 1950 and they had two daughters Jennifer (born 1951) and Lynn (born 1954). He worked at a variety of jobs in order to support his family. Exhibiting in the Western Ontario Annual show of artists under 27 he won an award in 1955. He exhibited as well with the Royal Canadian Academy, The Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colours and his work attracted the attention of art critics.”


A Poem for Today

“Cypresses, Bathing,”
By Christine Stewart

On my way, I come upon them—
A gathering of old women
Soaking their cracked, graying skin,
Their thick bodies sprawling voluptuously:
Knees bent,
Curving out of the water,
Heads thrown back in a tangle of vines and leaves.
I pause a moment,
Waiting to hear their voices echoing with years,
Telling me what I need to know,
But the sun has made them sleepy and secretive;
I hear only their whispered laughter.
They do not trust me;
I am not yet ready to listen.

Below – Paul Cezanne: “Five Bathers”

American Art – Part II of III: Timothy Jahn

In the words of one critic, “Timothy Jahn (born 1977) has spent his whole life in central New Jersey, a region ideally located for his participation in the recent flowering of American classical realism. Having graduated from the duCret School of Art in Plainfield, Jahn proceeded to take courses at New York City’s Art Students League and National Academy, as well as the Lacoste School of Art in Provence.”
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A Second Poem for Today

By Robinson Jeffers

Four pelicans went over the house,
Sculled their worn oars over the courtyard: I saw that ungainliness
Magnifies the idea of strength.
A lifting gale of sea-gulls followed them; slim yachts of the element,
Natural growths of the sky, no wonder
Light wings to leave the sea; but those grave weights toil, and are powerful,
And the wings torn with old storms remember
The cone that the oldest redwood dropped from, the tilting of continents,
The dinosaur’s day, the lift of new sea-lines.
The omnisecular spirit keeps the old with the new also.
Nothing at all has suffered erasure.
There is life not of our time. He calls ungainly bodies
As beautiful as the grace of horses.
He is weary of nothing; he watches air-planes; he watches pelicans.

American Art – Part III of III: Dottie Stanley

Artist Statement: ”I am an award winning and internationally collected artist, most noted for my finding beauty in the everyday scenes that most of us take for granted. I specialize in painting figures, landscapes, portraits and still lifes.”

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