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

American Art – Part I of IV: Kenneth Templeton

Artist Statement: “As a realist painter, I am attracted to the places where we live, work and play. A small town perhaps, maybe a rural outpost… Lately, vibrant cities have fascinated me.
I use photographs as an outline or a stepping off point in my work. My photographs are rather amateurish or shot with an iPhone, which allows for more interpretation.
The most enjoyable aspect of this process is the search for reference material. My wife and I are the quintessential Saturday and Sunday drivers in our quest for images. Questions and observations abound as we travel this wonderful country of ours.
I choose to work in small format as this expedites the process. At night, I sketch them out while relaxing at home. During the day, they come alive as I apply paint, working in two to three layers.”

Below – “Seacove”; “Shelly, Idaho”; “Perfect Wave”; “Chinatown II”; “Heat Wave 1”; “Forest Floor.”






Fancies in Springtime: Abraham Lincoln

“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”

“Play is the exultation of the possible.” – Martin Buber, Austrian-born Israeli philosopher, who died 13 June 1965.

Some quotes from the work of Martin Buber:

“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.”
“An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.”
“I do not accept any absolute formulas for living. No preconceived code can see ahead to everything that can happen in a man’s life. As we live, we grow and our beliefs change. They must change. So I think we should live with this constant discovery. We should be open to this adventure in heightened awareness of living. We should stake our whole existence on our willingness to explore and experience.”
“All actual life is encounter.”
“The real struggle is not between East and West, or capitalism and communism, but between education and propaganda.”

Fancies in Springtime: Kenneth Grahame

“All this he saw, for one moment breathless and intense, vivid on the morning sky; and still, as he looked, he lived; and still, as he lived, he wondered.”

Below – An illustration from “The Wind in the Willows.”

Japanese painter Ryo Shiotani (born 1975) graduated with a degree in Painting from Musashino Art School.







Fancies in Springtime: Laura Ingalls Wilder

“A good laugh overcomes more difficulties and dissipates more dark clouds than any other one thing.”

A Poem for Today

“Sober Song”
By Barton Sutter

Farewell to the starlight in whiskey,
So long to the sunshine in beer.
The booze made me cocky and frisky
But worried the man in the mirror.
Goodnight to the moonlight in brandy,
Adieu to the warmth of the wine.
I think I can finally stand me
Without a glass or a stein.
Bye-bye to the balm in the vodka,
Ta-ta to the menthol in gin.
I’m trying to do what I ought to,
Rejecting that snake medicine.
I won’t miss the blackouts and vomit,
The accidents and regret.
If I can stay off the rotgut,
There might be a chance for me yet.
So so long to God in a bottle,
To the lies of rum and vermouth.
Let me slake my thirst with water
And the sweet, transparent truth.

Fancies in Springtime: Emily Carr

“As the woods are the same, the trees standing in their places, the rocks and the earth… they are always different too, as lights and shadows and seasons and moods pass through them.”

Below – Emily Carr: “Metchosin”

American Art – Part II of IV: Bridgette Adams

In the words of one writer, “Honolulu artist Bridgette Adams is the founder and publisher of the successful wedding magazine, ‘Hawaii Bride & Groom.’ Originally from southern Kentucky, she earned her Bachelor degree in commercial art and advertising at Indiana State University. She moved to Hawaii in 1972.
Bridgette works in a variety of media including watercolor, pastel, gouache and colored pencil. The mixture of cultures found in the islands has strongly influenced and inspired her work as evidenced by her colorful florals, portraits and bold Kabuki images.”





Fancies in Springtime: Mary Austin

“The palpable sense of mystery in the desert air breeds fables, chiefly of lost treasure. … It is a question whether it is not better to be bitten by the little horned snake of the desert that goes sidewise and strikes without coiling, than by the tradition of a lost mine.”

Below – Abandoned mine along Route 66 in Arizona.

In the words of one writer, “Ali Hassoun was born in Saida (Lebanon) in 1964. In 1982 he moved to Italy to continue his studies at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence. In 1992 he graduated from the city’s university with a degree in Architecture. He now lives and works in Milan. He has added Italian nationality to his Lebanese nationality, and has thus been able to fill in areas that were lacking in his own individual experience.
The most easily identifiable theme of his painting is travel, contributing different experiences and visions. Ali Hassoun’s works seem to act as a pole of attraction for various cultures, which merge to create a new, richer culture. In opposition to the clash of civilizations, Hassoun wants to highlight the idea of ‘humanity,’ a universal and spiritual feature that is common to all folks, and that always come first, before any political or religious division.”

Ali Hassoun


Ali Hassoun


Ali Hassoun


Ali Hassoun


Fancies in Springtime: Wendell Berry

“Whether we and our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory, and a sterner sense of justice than we do.”

A Second Poem for Today

“Neighbors in October”
By David Baker

All afternoon his tractor pulls a flat wagon
with bales to the barn, then back to the waiting
chopped field. It trails a feather of smoke.
Down the block we bend with the season:
shoes to polish for a big game,
storm windows to batten or patch.
And how like a field is the whole sky now
that the maples have shed their leaves, too.
It makes us believers—stationed in groups,
leaning on rakes, looking into space. We rub blisters
over billows of leaf smoke. Or stand alone,
bagging gold for the cold days to come.

Fancies in Springtime: Theodore Roosevelt

“Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.”

Died 13 June 1904 – Nikiphoros Lytras, a Greek painter.

Below – “Antigone in Front of Dead Polynikes”; “The Waiting”; “Sailor Smoking”; “Carols”; “Self-Portrait.”





Fancies in Springtime: Wendell Berry

“You can best serve civilization by being against what usually passes for it.”

Nobel Laureate: William Butler Yeats

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” – William Butler Yeats, Anglo-Irish poet and recipient of the 1923 Nobel Prize in Literature “for his always inspired poetry, which in a highly artistic form gives expression to the spirit of a whole nation,” who was born 13 June 1865.

“The Lake Isle of Innisfree”

I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made;
Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-bee,
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.

And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,
Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;
There midnight’s all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow,
And evening full of the linnet’s wings.

I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey,
I hear it in the deep heart’s core.

Below – The Lake Isle of Innisfree, Ireland.

Fancies in Springtime: Kim Pape

“The scent of rain on a sultry spring evening is always an indulgence.”

American Art – Part III of IV: Karen Offutt

Artist Statement: “As an artist, I am very aware of my environment which invites me to be a constant observer. I see potential in everything and my emotional reaction guides me to the specific inspiration. There are different aspects to my painting, for example technical skill, creative freedom and emotional truth. My goal is to create work that guides all these elements in a direction that moves me.”







Fancies in Springtime: Socrates

“Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.”

13 June 1898 – The Yukon Territory of Canada is organized, with Dawson as its capital.

Below: Some images of the natural beauty of the Yukon – Quill Creek in the Kluane National Park and Reserve; Mount Logan (19,551 ft.); the Yukon River; Emerald Lake near Whitehorse; Dempster Highway near the Richardson Mountains; Northern Lights above a calm Lake; Tombstone Territorial Park; sunset over Kluane Lake.

Emerald Lake in the Candian Yukon





Fancies in Springtime: Mary Austin

“This is the sense of the desert hills, that there is room enough and time enough.”

Below – Petrified Forest National Park

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

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 – “Such a Fine Dancer”; “Ten Famous Ravens”; “Three Dog Sled”; “Trickster’s Toybox”; “Waterwings”; “Woman to the Moon.”






Fancies in Springtime: Emily Carr

“Trees love to toss and sway; they make such happy noises.”

Below – Emily Carr: “Wind in the Tree Tops”

American Art – Part IV of IV: Bennett Vadnais

In the words of one writer, “Much of Bennett Vadnais’ subject matter comes from his surroundings in Manhattan and Brooklyn. With a strong background in plein air landscape painting, Vadnais finds an interesting relationship between static forms and the elusive qualities of light and the emotions they convey. Rather than trying to capture a specific moment in time, Vadnais’ paintings have a stillness that reveals the timeless character of place. He chooses not to work from digital imagery or photography, preferring to allow the image to be filtered through direct contact with the subject and through memory. He develops his relationship with the subject by doing numerous paintings and drawings on-site. Vadnais’ primary medium is acrylic. He creates his paintings with transparent layers of color, allowing him to infuse them with a natural sense of variety and complexity.”

Below – “Water Tower”; “Chimney”; “Neighbors”; “New York Building”; “East River”; “Railroad Tracks”; “Rocks at Low Tide #2”; “Carrie.”

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