28 July 2017 – Beleaguered in Bothell

Musings in Summer: George Santayana

“An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world.”


Art for Summer – Part I of V: Shi Lifeng (Chinese, contemporary)

Below – “Dream and Garden No. 10”


Musings in Summer: Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret; it is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye.”


Art for Summer – Part II of V: Peter Lik (Australian, contemporary)

Below – “Antelope Canyon (Antelope, Arizona)” (photograph)


Musings in Summer: David Abram

“There are so many unsung heroines and heroes at this broken moment in our collective story, so many courageous persons who, unbeknownst to themselves, are holding together the world by their resolute love or contagious joy. Although I do not know your names, I can feel you out there.”


Art for Summer – Part III of V: Gustav Likin – Yugoslavian/American (1912-1998)

Below – “Blue Nude”; “Beach Bather”


A Poem for Today

“The Good Life”
By Tracy K. Smith

When some people talk about money
They speak as if it were a mysterious lover
Who went out to buy milk and never
Came back, and it makes me nostalgic
For the years I lived on coffee and bread,
Hungry all the time, walking to work on payday
Like a woman journeying for water
From a village without a well, then living
One or two nights like everyone else
On roast chicken and red wine.

Art for Summer – Part IV of V: Earl Linderman (American, contemporary)

Below – “Dr. Thrill at the Blue Wolf Cafe”

Musings in Summer: Emily Carr

“Cedars are terribly sensitive to change of time and light – sometimes they are bluish cold-green, then they turn yellow warm-green – sometimes their boughs flop heavy and sometimes float, then they are fairy as ferns and then they droop, heavy as heartaches.”

Below – Emily Carr: “The Red Cedar”


Art for Summer – Part V of V: Harvey Littleton (American, 1922-2013)

Below – “Buckshot”


Musings in Summer: Frida Kahlo

“I drank to drown my sorrows, but the damned things learned how to swim.”

Contemporary Chinese/American Art – Zhou Ling

In the words of one writer, “Zhou Ling who is one of the acknowledged leaders of the Yunnan School of Chinese painting, has become one of the premier woman artists in the United States today. Her paintings are strong and expressive images that blend the subject matter and techniques of ancient Chinese art with those of Western art.”

Below – “Blue River”; “Mountain Nymph”; “Goddess of the Roses”; “Fire”; “Spirit of Butterflies”; “Harvest Season.”


Musings in Summer: Seneca

“As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters.”


Contemporary American Art – Malcolm Liepke

In the words of one writer, “Raised in Minneapolis, artist Malcolm Liepke attended the Art Center College in Los Angeles. His artistic aspirations, however, encountered roadblocks. He hungered for classical training rather than the conceptual ideas being taught. Liepke then decided to move to New York. This decision would be the impetus for his meteoric career rise. ‘When I moved to New York, I started going to museums and learning from all the great artists… Velazquez, Whistler, Chase, Vuillard, Sorolla and others. I learned color and composition and technique. 1 realized that their work was my kind of work. They were my heroes, so I became their student’.”

Below – “Reading in Bed”; “In Her Arms”; “Seduction in Blues and Greens”; “Morning Coffee”; “Before the Bath”; “Looking Elsewhere.”

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