22 June 2017 – Beleaguered in Bothell: Part I

Musings in Summer: Denis Waitley

“Mistakes are painful when they happen, but years later a collection of mistakes is what is called experience.”

Art for Summer – Part I of V: Shane Neufeld (American, contemporary)

Below – “Oculus”


Musings in Summer: H.L. Mencken

“The great artists of the world are never Puritans, and seldom even ordinarily respectable.”


Art for Summer – Part II of V: Galen Bradley (American, contemporary)

Below – “Pictures from the Floating World”

A Poem for Today

“Tonight”
By Ladan Osman

Tonight is a drunk man,
his dirty shirt.

There is no couple chatting by the recycling bins,
offering to help me unload my plastics.

There is not even the black and white cat
that balances elegantly on the lip of the dumpster.

There is only the smell of sour breath. Sweat on the collar of my shirt.
A water bottle rolling under a car.
Me in my too-small pajama pants stacking juice jugs on neighbors’ juice jugs.

I look to see if there is someone drinking on their balcony.

I tell myself I will wave.


Art for Summer – Part III of V: Roman Frances (Spanish, contemporary)

Below – “La Esplada”


Musings in Summer: Frank Sinatra

“Alcohol may be man’s worst enemy, but the bible says love your enemy.”

Art for Summer – Part IV of V: David Freeman (Indian, contemporary)

Below – “Secret Garden I”; “Secret Garden II”

A Second Poem for Today

“Behind the Plow”
By Leo Dangel

I look in the turned sod
for an iron bolt that fell
from the plow frame
and find instead an arrowhead
with delicate, chipped edges,
still sharp, not much larger
than a woman’s long fingernail.
Pleased, I put the arrowhead
into my overalls pocket,
knowing that the man who shot
the arrow and lost his work
must have looked for it
much longer than I will
look for that bolt.

Indian Arrowhead Artifact in Dirt

Art for Summer – Part V of V: Matt Brackett (American, contemporary)

Below – “Preparations at Dusk”


Musings in Summer: Bertrand Russell

“The life of Man is a long march through the night, surrounded by invisible foes, tortured by weariness and pain, towards a goal that few can hope to reach, and where none may tarry long. One by one, as they march, our comrades vanish from our sight, seized by the silent orders of omnipotent Death. Very brief is the time in which we can help them, in which their happiness or misery is decided. Be it ours to shed sunshine on their path, to lighten their sorrows by the balm of sympathy, to give them the pure joy of a never-tiring affection, to strengthen failing courage, to instill faith in times of despair.”


Contemporary American Art – Part I of II: Philip Pearlstein

In the words of one writer, Philip Pearlstein (born 1924) is an influential[1] American painter best known for Modernist Realism nudes. Cited by critics as the preeminent figure painter of the 1960s to 2000s, he led a revival in realist art. He is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus with paintings in the collections of over 70 public art museums.”

Below – “Model with Chrome Chair, Kiddie Car, Kimono, and Bambino”; “Superman”; “Contemplation”; Model with HMV Dog and Renaissance Bambino”; “Model on Kiddie Car Tractor”; “Merry-Go-Round.”

Musings in Summer: Annie Dillard

“We live in all we seek.”

Contemporary American Art – Part II of II: Richard Franklin

In the words of one writer, “Born in 1961 in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, Richard Franklin lived and studied in Europe, the Middle East, and throughout the United States. Having graduated from International University High School in Watford, England, Franklin attended Brigham Young University and the Colorado Institute of Art. He learned the art of oil painting studying with master artists in Saudi Arabia. Richard Franklin’s beautiful treatment of the human figure draws from the religious, mythological and secular visions of the past. To his compositions he added visuals elements of a more modern style. The result is his unique aesthetic, and perhaps the hope that the ideal of beauty sought by the Old Masters still exists in today’s world.”

Below – “Flora”; “Thisbe”; Untitled (Grecian Man); “Song of Athena”; “Eos”; “Vintage Festival”; “Danae”; “Calm as the Sea.”

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