20 May 2017 – A Decidedly Pleasant Saturday

Musings in Spring: Robert Frost

“How many things have to happen to you before something occurs to you?”

Below – Antonio Mora: “Abstract Passion 2”

Art for Spring – Part I of VI: Ross Bleckner (American, contemporary)

Below – “Dream and Do”

Musings in Spring: Jack London

“Deep in the forest a call was sounding, and as often as he heard this call, mysteriously thrilling and luring, he felt compelled to turn his back upon the fire and the beaten earth around it, and to plunge into the forest, and on and on, he knew not where or why; nor did he wonder where or why, the call sounding imperiously, deep in the forest.”

Art for Spring – Part II of VI: Ruth Bloch (Israeli, contemporary)

Below – “Maternity” (bronze)

A Poem for Today

“Love Poem”
By Melissa Balmain

The afternoon we left our first apartment,
we scrubbed it down from ceiling to parquet.
Who knew the place could smell like lemon muffins?
It suddenly seemed nuts to move away.

The morning someone bought our station wagon,
it gleamed with wax and every piston purred.
That car looked like a centerfold in Hot Rod!
Too late, we saw that selling was absurd.

And then there was the freshly tuned piano
we passed along to neighbors with a wince.
We told ourselves we’d find one even better;
instead we’ve missed its timbre ever since.

So if, God help us, we are ever tempted
to ditch our marriage when it’s lost its glow,
let’s give the thing our finest spit and polish—
and, having learned our lesson, not let go.

Below – Helga McLeod: “Holding Hands”

Art for Spring – Part III of VI: Toby Bluth (American, contemporary)

Below- “Nude Female”

Musings in Spring: Sol Luckman

“Home. The word circled comfortably in my mouth like bubble gum, swished around sweetly soft and satisfying. Home. Try saying it aloud to yourself. Home. Isn’t it like taking a bite of something lovely? If only we could eat words.”

Art for Spring – Part IV of VI: Andrei Bogachev (Russian, contemporary)

Below – “Sunflowers”

Musings in Spring: Vironika Tugaleva

“While we tend to think of love as some faraway place, it is actually a place nearby that we have forgotten.”

Below – Barbara Flanagan: “The Forgotten Place”

Art for Spring – Part V of VI: Lee Bogle (American, contemporary)

Below – “Soul Mates”

A Second Poem for Today

“Universe Is One Place”
By William Stafford

Crisis they call it? – when
when the gentle wheat leans at the combine and
and the farm girl brings cool jugs wrapped in burlap
slapping at her legs?

We think -drinking cold water
water looking at the sky-
‘Sky is home, universe is one place.’
Crisis?  City folk make

Make such a stir.
Farm girl away through the wheat.

Art for Spring – Part VI of VI: Richard Diebenkorn (American, 1922-1993)

Below – “Interior with a Book”

Musings in Spring: Mary Doria Russell

“How can you hear your soul if everyone is talking?”

American Art – George Blue Dog Rodrigue (1944-2013)

In the words of one writer, “Cajun Artist George (Blue Dog ) Rodrigue is known for his Blue-Dog series, inspired by Blue Dog’s long-deceased childhood pet, Tiffany, whom he poses with other animals and people. Rodrigue had early art talent, and while ill for nearly a year, Blue Dog used watercolors and crayons to pass the time and pave the way to his future. He studied at the University of Southwestern Louisiana and in Los Angeles at the Art Center College of Design. For awhile George Rodrique painted Abstract Expressionist works but then went back to painting that which reflected his own Cajun culture including folk tales and bayou and swamp landscapes.”

Below – “By the Light of the Moon”; “My White Boots”; “Blue Dog on the River”; “Voodoo Nights”; “Playing Bourre”; “Blues are Pulling Me Down (With Moon).”

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