27 June 2017 – Beleaguered in Bothell: Part VI

Musings in Summer: Sophocles

“One must wait until the evening to see how splendid the day has been.”

Art for Summer – Part I of VI: Hiro Yokose (Japanese, contemporary)

Below – Untitled

Musings in Summer: Ambrose Bierce

“Politics, n. Strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles.”

Art for Summer – Part II of VI: Ron Hicks (American, contemporary)

Below – “Soaking”

A Poem for Today

“After Disappointment”
By Mark Jarman

To lie in your child’s bed when she is gone
Is calming as anything I know. To fall
Asleep, her books arranged above your head,
Is to admit that you have never been
So tired, so enchanted by the spell
Of your grown body. To feel small instead
Of blocking out the light, to feel alone,
Not knowing what you should or shouldn’t feel,
Is to find out, no matter what you’ve said
About the cramped escapes and obstacles
You plan and face and have to call the world,
That there remain these places, occupied
By children, yours if lucky, like the girl
Who finds you here and lies down by your side.

Art for Summer – Part III of VI: Andrew Young (American, contemporary)

Below – Untitled

Musings in Summer: Hermann Hesse

“Loneliness is the way by which destiny endeavors to lead man to himself.”

Art for Summer – Part IV of VI: Reid Gardner (American, contemporary)

Below – “Strawberries and Currants”

Musings in Summer: Lucy Maud Montgomery

“‘I love to smell flowers in the dark,’ she said. ‘You get hold of their soul then.’”

Art for Summer – Part V of VI: Laurence Gartel (American, contemporary)

Below – “Blue Nude”

A Second Poem for Today

“The Art of Being”
By Anne Coray

The fern in the rain breathes the silver message.
Stay, lie low. Play your dark reeds
and relearn the beauty of absorption.
There is nothing beyond the rotten log

covered with leaves and needles.
Forget the light emerging with its golden wick.
Raise your face to the water-laden frond.
A thousand blossoms will fall into your arms.

Art for Summer – Part VI of VI: Jean Claude Gaugy (French, contemporary)

Below – “Three Modern Figures”

Musings in Summer: George Santayana

“The world is not respectable; it is mortal, tormented, confused, deluded forever; but it is shot through with beauty, with love, with glints of courage and laughter; and in these, the spirit blooms timidly, and struggles to the light amid the thorns.”

Contemporary American Art – Jerome Gastaldi

In the words of one writer, “Jerome Gastaldi is a contemporary American artist of Italian ancestry, whose work combines first hand impressions, perceptions and observations that explore and comment upon our society. Gastaldi’s powerful works stand astride the borderline between Expressionism and Surrealism, and have been compared by art critics to that of Robert Rauschenberg, Edward Kienholz, and Francis Bacon. His creative process is both emotional and intuitive, as evidenced by Gastaldi’s rapid handling of paint, his distortion of the human figure, the rich use of symbols, and the inclusion of found objects. There is a complexity and depth to his multi-layered imagery that reflects what the modern world offers the individual; not fixed, solitary images that can be grasped and reflected upon, but instead a seemingly unceasing flow that blurs the sense of reality and threatens to overwhelm the ability to comprehend.”

Below – “Golden Sands”; “Chocolate Hills”; “Yellow Sky”; “Turquoise”; “Thunderbird”; “Solitude.”

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