15 May 2017: Another Rainy Monday

Musings in Spring: Albert Camus

“Find meaning. Distinguish melancholy from sadness. Go out for a walk. It doesn’t have to be a romantic walk in the park, spring at its most spectacular moment, flowers and smells and outstanding poetical imagery smoothly transferring you into another world. It doesn’t have to be a walk during which you’ll have multiple life epiphanies and discover meanings no other brain ever managed to encounter. Do not be afraid of spending quality time by yourself. Find meaning or don’t find meaning but ‘steal’ some time and give it freely and exclusively to your own self. Opt for privacy and solitude. That doesn’t make you antisocial or cause you to reject the rest of the world. But you need to breathe. And you need to be.”

Art for Spring – Part I of IV: Larry Bell (American, contemporary”

Below – “Fraction Unique”

A Poem for Today

“There Have Come Soft Rains”
By John Philips Johnson

In kindergarten during the Cold War,
mid-day late bells jolted us,
sending us single file into the hallway,
where we sat, pressing our heads
between our knees, waiting.

During one of the bomb drills,
Annette was standing.
My mother said I would talk on and on
about her, about how pretty she was.
I still remember her that day,
curly hair and pretty dress,
looking perturbed the way
little children do.
Why Annette? There’s nothing
to be upset about—
The bombs won’t get us,
I’ve seen what’s to come—
it is the days, the steady
pounding of days, like gentle rain,
that will be our undoing.

Art for Spring – Part II of IV: Charles Bell (American, 1935-1995)

Below – “Little Italy”

Musings in Spring: Emily Dickinson

“Not ‘Revelation’ – ’tis – that waits,
But our unfurnished eyes-“

Art for Spring – Part III of IV: Gary Benfield (British, contemporary)

Below – “Tame Lions”

A Second Poem for Today

By Basho

Though I’m in Kyoto,
when the cuckoo sings
I long for Kyoto.

Below – Rakusan Tsuchiya: “Cuckoo and Bracken”

Art for Spring – Part IV of IV: Philippe Benichou (French, contemporary)

Below – “When Fun Was the Only Fashion”

Musings in Spring: Marcel Proust

“Love is space and time measured by the heart.”

Contemporary French Art – Emile Bellet

In the words of one writer, “Emile Bellet was born in Provence, France in 1941. He began to paint at the age of fifteen years old, and by the age of nineteen Bellet held his first exhibition (1960). In 1976 his career began in earnest when he was noticed by Galerie Guigne. He is a self-taught artist who has aligned himself with the discipline of the Fauvres, or savages — a school of artists who lived at the turn of the twentieth century, which included Matisse, Cezanne, Dufy, and Vlaminck. They painted in vivid non-authentic color, and Emile Bellet has mastered this discipline with an impasto knife accentuating this color with the elongated forms of the mannerists.”

Below – “Interieur Rouge”; “Champagne, France”; “Moment Blue”; “Le Long Du Quai”; “Promenade Provencal”; “Adossa La Mer.”

A Third Poem for Today

“In our souls”
By Antonio Machado

In our souls everything
moves guided by a mysterious hand.
We know nothing of our own souls
that are ununderstandable and say nothing.

The deepest words
of the wise man teach us
the same as the whistle of the wind when it blows
or the sound of the water when it is flowing.

Below – Ann Bell: “Flowing Water”

American Art – Howard Behrens

In the words of one writer, “Howard Behrens (1933-2014) was born in Chicago. He holds a Bachelors and a Masters Degree in Fine Art from the University of Maryland. He has had over 150 one-man shows from coast-to-coast since becoming a professional artist in 1980. Howard Behrens, the world’s most renowned palette knife artist. As a landscape and seascape artist, Howard Behrens has painted the idyllic lakes of Italy to the gardens of New England. Behren’s works have been on the covers of many art publications and he has been the featured subject of numerous magazines and newspapers.”

Below – “Corfu Beach”; “Alone in the Sun”; “Giverny Lily Pond”; “Two Girls at the Beach”; “Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA”; “Monterey Mauves (California) Pebble Beach.”

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