29 August 2017 – Beleaguered in Bothell

Musings in Summer: Annie Dillard

“This is how you spend this afternoon, and tomorrow morning, and tomorrow afternoon. ‘Spend’ the afternoon. You can’t take it with you.”


Art for Summer – Part I of IV: Jo Saylors (American, contemporary)

Below – “Boy with Dandelion” (bronze)


Musings in Summer: Marcel Proust

“I had spent the New Year’s Day of old men, who differ on that day from their juniors, not because people have ceased to give them presents but because they themselves have ceased to believe in the New Year.”

Art for Summer – Part II of IV: Yvan Favre (French, contemporary)

Below – “Number 71”


Worth a Thousand Words: Sunset on Mars.


Art for Summer – Part III of IV: Raymond Saunders (American, contemporary)

Below – “Smile”


Musings in Summer: Lucy Maud Montgomery

“I went looking for my dreams outside of myself and discovered, it’s not what the world holds for you, it’s what you bring to it.”

Art for Summer – Part IV of IV: Italo Scanga (Italian, 1932-2001)

Below – “Red Bunting”


A Poem for Today

“The Great Escape”
By Charles Bukowski

listen, he said, you ever seen a bunch of crabs in a
bucket?
no, I told him.
well, what happens is that now and then one crab
will climb up on top of the others
and begin to climb toward the top of the bucket,
then, just as he’s about to escape
another crab grabs him and pulls him back
down.
really? I asked.
really, he said, and this job is just like that, none
of the others want anybody to get out of
here. that’s just the way it is
in the postal service!
I believe you, I said.
just then the supervisor walked up and said,
you fellows were talking.
there is no talking allowed on this
job.
I had been there for eleven and one-half
years.
I got up off my stool and climbed right up the
supervisor
and then I reached up and pulled myself right
out of there.
it was so easy it was unbelievable.
but none of the others followed me.
and after that, whenever I had crab legs
I thought about that place.
I must have thought about that place
maybe 5 or 6 times
before I switched to lobster.

Contemporary Catalan Art – Regina Saura

In the words of one writer, “Regina’s loose, whimsical brushstrokes and bold washes of color lend her paintings an instinctual, child-like spontaneity that belies her sophisticated command of composition, balance, shape, coloration, and line. Singing with energy and vibrancy, her paintings capture the wonder and magic of life.”

Below – “Cervia”; “Roselles”; “Atmeller Blau”; “Tulipas Doradas”; “Azz Cat”; “Golden Tulips.”

Musings in Summer: May Sarton

“it is essential that true joys be experienced, that the sunrise not leave us unmoved, for civilization depends on the true joys, all those that have nothing to do with money or affluence—nature, the arts, human love.”

Contemporary British Art – Mark Demsteader

In the words of one writer, “Mark Demsteader (born 1963) is a British figurative artist. According to The Daily Telegraph, he is ‘one of Britain’s best-selling figurative painters.'”

Below – “Study for Shadowlands”; “Ophelia”; “Ciprana”; “Ascending”; “Study for Shallow Waters”; “Ophelia Blue.”


Musings in Summer: Alain de Botton

“Dreams reveal we never quite get ‘over’ anything: it’s all still in there somewhere.”

Below – Armel Evrard: “Painful Dream”


Contemporary American Art – John Evans

In the words of one writer, “Balancing precision in form and composition with a sense of nature’s wild beauty, John Evans’s paintings capture the feel of physical and psychological immersion in a landscape. His quiet scenes are infused with an invisible human perspective, an intelligent eye that organizes the view while taking in its infinitely rich colors and textures. Evans has characterized his paintings as ‘ultimately spiritual,’ as ‘theaters that invite meditation.’ His work opens a window into a parallel reality and invites us to enter.”

Below – “Evening Rush”; “Early Light”; “NE Harbor”; “No Frogs in Sight”; “Woman with Striped Bag”; “Malibu.”

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