June Offerings – Part XI: Something to Delight both Head and Heart

American Art – Part I of III: Alex Roulette

Artist Statement: “I paint figures in staged narratives, reflecting private moments during male adolescence. My current series of paintings depict fabricated American landscapes. The invented landscapes arise from archetypal citations of past and present cultural influences. Placing figures into these landscapes is an attempt to take advantage of the viewer’s natural ability to extrapolate narratives. By creating the paintings using a conjuncture of various photographic references, I continue to explore the distinctions between photographic and painted space. The disjointed nature of the source images, contrasting with the way they are realistically unified, take on a contingent sense of reality.”





A Poem for Today

“More Than Enough”
By Marge Piercy

The first lily of June opens its red mouth.
All over the sand road where we walk
multiflora rose climbs trees cascading
white or pink blossoms, simple, intense
the scene drifting like colored mist.

The arrowhead is spreading its creamy
clumps of flower and the blackberries
are blooming in the thickets. Season of
joy for the bee. The green will never
again be so green, so purely and lushly

new, grass lifting its wheaty seedheads
into the wind. Rich fresh wine
of June, we stagger into you smeared
with pollen, overcome as the turtle
laying her eggs in roadside sand.

Fancies in Springtime: Laura Ingalls Wilder

“The real things haven’t changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures; and have courage when things go wrong.”

French Art – Part I of II: Nella Buscot

Here is one writer describing the artistry of sculptor Nella Buscot: “Her works represent mostly, busts, statues, nudes, and animals. The terracotta sculptures are polished or given a patina with pigments. Others can be bronze or resin if you ask for it. The earth stays her preferred material because of its living nature.”







Fancies in Springtime: Abraham Lincoln

“My Best Friend is a person who will give me a book I have not read.”
Closeup of mature mans hand giving a book to his son,conceptua


“I may be the first woman member of Congress but I won’t be the last.” – Jeannette Rankin, the first woman in the United States Congress, elected in 1916 and again in 1940, who was born 11 June 1880. In the words of one historian, “Rankin’s two terms in Congress coincided with U.S. entry into both world wars. A lifelong pacifist, she was one of fifty members of Congress who voted against entry into World War I in 1917, and the only member of Congress who voted against declaring war on Japan after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.”

Two quotes from Jeannette Rankin:

“You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.”
“You take people as far as they will go, not as far as you would like them to go.”

Fancies in Springtime: Alan Watts

“The future is unknown. Prophecy contaminates it with the past, which is why liberated people do not bother with fortunetelling or astrology, and why the happy traveler wanders and does not let himself be the slave of maps, guidebooks, and schedules, using them but not being used by them.”

French Art – Part II of II: Veronique Paquereau

Painter Veronique Paquereau (born 1965) lives and works in Clisson.





Fancies in Springtime: Wendell Berry

“Don’t own so much clutter that you will be relieved to see your house catch fire.”

Below – Wendell Berry in his study.

From the Music Archives – Part I of II: The Rolling Stones

11 June 1966 – The Rolling Stones’ “Paint It Black” reaches number one on American popular music charts.

Fancies in Springtime: Laura Ingalls Wilder

“The true way to live is to enjoy every moment as it passes, and surely it is in the everyday things around us that the beauty of life lies.”

Painter Karla Dobraja is a graduate of the Latvian Academy of Art.








Fancies in Springtime: Ellen J. Barrier

“Individuals who have learned to endure and persevere through the storms of hardships are those who can dance in the rain during a storm.”

American Art – Part II of III: Tuan Nguyen

Artist Statement: “My sincere hope is that my art will successfully stimulate others to see the beauty of this world and to accept its balance. Balance is central to existence and is a basic human need; to lead a balanced life is to find its center.”















Fancies in Springtime: Abraham Lincoln

“When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion.”

A Second Poem for Today

“The City’s Oldest Known Survivor of the Great War”
By James Doyle

marches in uniform down the traffic stripe
at the center of the street, counts time
to the unseen web that has rearranged
the air around him, his left hand
stiff as a leather strap along his side,
the other saluting right through the decades
as if they weren’t there, as if everyone under ninety
were pervasive fog the morning would dispel
in its own good time, as if the high school band
all flapping thighs and cuffs behind him
were as ghostly as the tumbleweed on every road
dead-ended in the present, all the ancient infantry
shoulder right, through a skein of bone, presenting arms
across the drift, nothing but empty graves now
to round off another century,
the sweet honey of the old cadence, the streets
going by at attention, the banners glistening with dew,
the wives and children blowing kisses.

Fancies in Springtime: Mary Austin

“For all the toll the desert takes of a man it gives compensations, deep breaths, deep sleep, and the communion of the stars.”

Japanese painter Atsuko Goto (born 1982) studied at the National School of Fine Arts in Paris and the National University of Fine Arts and Music in Tokyo.






Fancies in Springtime: Carol Morgan

“The sound of thunder, the smell of rain. The earth giving birth to another season. Nature’s labor pains…beautiful.”

From the Cinema Archives – The Marx Brothers

11 June 1937 – The Marx Brothers’ movie “A Day at the Races” is released.

Fancies in Springtime: Carl Sagan

“In less than ten thousand years, domestication has increased the weight of wool grown by sheep from less than one kilogram of rough hairs to ten or twenty kilograms of uniform, fine down; or the volume of milk given by cattle during a lactation period from a few hundred to a million cubic centimeters. If artificial selection can make such major changes in so short a period of time, what must natural selection, working over billions of years, be capable of? The answer is all the beauty and diversity of the biological world. Evolution is a fact, not a theory.”
Sunny Sheep Pastures near Kingston

Bulgarian painter Lachezar Yavrukov (born 1954) graduated from the Academy of Art in Sofia with a degree in Scenography.






Fancies in Springtime: Emily Carr

“Cedars are terribly sensitive to change of time and light – sometimes they are bluish cold-green, then they turn yellow warm-green – sometimes their boughs flop heavy and sometimes float, then they are fairy as ferns and then they droop, heavy as heartaches.”

Below – Emily Carr: “Red Cedar”

From the Music Archives – Part II of II: The Beach Boys

11 June 1966 – The Beach Boys’ “Sloop John B” reaches number one on British popular music charts.

Fancies in Springtime: Wendell Berry

“People use drugs, legal and illegal, because their lives are intolerably painful or dull. They hate their work and find no rest in their leisure. They are estranged from their families and their neighbors. It should tell us something that in healthy societies drug use is celebrative, convivial, and occasional, whereas among us it is lonely, shameful, and addictive. We need drugs, apparently, because we have lost each other.”

Here is the Artist Statement of Peruvian painter Renso Castaneda Zevallos: “I have been painting about 13 years, I have always been mesmerized by the human form, my current work concentrates on the nude, and surrealism, and the medium that I use is oil. My interest is focused in the different aspects of the human relationship, the feelings, the emotions, love, and pain.
When I paint I like to add drama by adding light and shadow enhancements to get more expression to accent the theme of every painting. I have several collectives exhibitions and 15 solo show, I have been showing my artwork in South America, United States, and Europa (Spain).”










Fancies in Springtime: Theodore Roosevelt

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”


“The Sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” – Jacques Cousteau, French naval officer, explorer, conservationist, filmmaker, scientist, writer, inventor, and author of “The Silent World,” who was born 11 June 1910.

Some quotes from the work of Jacques Cousteau:

“For most of history, man has had to fight nature to survive; in this century he is beginning to realize that, in order to survive, he must protect it.”
“Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans.”
“All life is part of a complex relationship in which each is dependent upon the others, taking from, giving to and living with all the rest.”
“To restate an old law – when a man bites a fish, that’s good, but when a fish bites a man, that’s bad. This is one way of saying it’s all right if man kills an animal, but if an animal attacks man, the act is reprehensible. The animal is labeled ‘killer,’ something to be feared, hated, shunned, punished, even killed by man.
How dangerous are those sea animals with bad reputations? A few actually kill. A few maim. Some are poisonous when eaten by man. Most sting, stab, or poison and cause mild to severe discomfort to man. Yet man is one of the larger beings that sea creatures encounter, and these poisons usually can’t kill him. Very often these poisons are used defensively against predators and offensively in food gathering.
There are a few animals that have won themselves a bad reputation even though they have little or no effect on man. They have won their rating through man’s interpretation of their attitude towards lower animals. These animals have been seen feeding in what appears to be a savage manner. But this behavior may perhaps be comparable to a man tearing the flesh off a chicken leg with his teeth.”
“The happiness of the bee and the dolphin is to exist. For man it is to know that and to wonder at it”
“We are living in an interminable succession of absurdities imposed by the myopic logic of short-term thinking.”

Fancies in Springtime: Mary Austin

“As I walk .. as I walk .. / The universe .. is walking with me .. / Beautifully .. it walks before me …. / Beautifully .. on every side …. / As I walk .. I walk with beauty.”

Below – Peyto Lake, Canada.

Back from the Territory – Art: Evon Zerbetz (Part V)

In the words of one writer, “Evon carves with knives and gouges to create her imagery in slabs of linoleum. She rolls ink over the surface, lays cotton paper on top, and cranks the block through her etching press. This is repeated for each impression in the edition. If an image is in an edition of 70…she does this 70 times.
After the prints dry, Evon hand paints many of her linocuts, often with many layers of color, making each print a unique work of art.
Evon was born in Alaska and works full-time in her studio in the tall trees
of the island community of Ketchikan.”

Back from the Territory, I share this with you, before I light out again.

Below – “Ocean Music”; “Observation: Raven Days”; “Old World Lore”; “Playing with Wolves”; “Puppeteer”; “Raven as Icon.”






Fancies in Springtime: Emily Carr

“Enter into the life of the trees. Know your relationship and understand their language, unspoken, unwritten talk. Answer back to them with their own dumb magnificence, soul words, earth words, the God in you responding to the God in them.”

Below – Emily Carr: “Sombreness Sunlit”

American Art – Part III of III: Paul Schulenburg

Artist Statement: “I think of my work as being like a visual journal- observations and interpretations of people, places and things I experience day to day. Translating that experience into two dimensional imagery is a challenge that I look forward to whether I am in my studio or out painting on site. It’s about the exploration of design, light, shadow, color and texture. Subject matter may vary just as daily experiences will change. I enjoy the hard architectural elements of an urban landscape or an interior space, and occasionally I like contrasting that with the softness and vulnerability of the human form.

Whatever the focus of a particular painting, I find that when I really connect with my subject, other people viewing my work can sense that and feel the connection as well. There is a narrative quality to my painting, but it’s a partial narrative. I often find that what is most interesting is what is left unsaid. To quote Edward Hopper: ‘If you could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.’”

Below – “Day’s End”; “Storefront on a Summer Night”; “Clouds Over the Bay”; “Clawfoot Tub”; “Backlit Figure”; “Sunlight Through Trees”; “Kitchen Window.”







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