28 August 2017 – Beleaguered in Bothell

Musings in Summer: Gabriel Garcia Marquez

‘“Things have a life of their own,’ the gypsy proclaimed with a harsh accent. ‘It’s simply a matter of waking up their souls.’”

Art for Summer – Part I of VI: Lieke van Der Vorst (Dutch, contemporary)

Below – “Bietenveld” (“Beet Field”)

A Poem for Today

“All Lovely Things”
By Conrad Aiken

All lovely things will have an ending,
All lovely things will fade and die,
And youth, that’s now so bravely spending,
Will beg a penny by and by.

Fine ladies soon are all forgotten,
And goldenrod is dust when dead,
The sweetest flesh and flowers are rotten
And cobwebs tent the brightest head.

Come back, true love! Sweet youth, return!–
But time goes on, and will, unheeding,
Though hands will reach, and eyes will yearn,
And the wild days set true hearts bleeding.

Come back, true love! Sweet youth, remain!–
But goldenrod and daisies wither,
And over them blows autumn rain,
They pass, they pass, and know not whither.

Below – Ramona Kraemer-Dobson: “Withering Daisies”

Art for Summer – Part II of VI: Cosmin Vaida (Romanian, contemporary)

Below – “Waiting”

Worth a Thousand Words: Theodore Roosevelt becomes the first president to fly in a plane (1910).

Art for Summer – Part III of VI: Tito Salomoni (Italian, 1928-1989)

Below – “New Show”

Seasonal Music – Antonio Vivaldi, “The Four Seasons: Summer”

Art for Summer – Part IV of VI: Roberto Santo (American, contemporary)

Below – “Flight of Mercury” (bronze); “Unknown Dreams” (bronze)

A Second Poem for Today

“Sure on This Shining Night”
By James Agee

Sure on this shining night
Of star made shadows round,
Kindness must watch for me
This side the ground.
The late year lies down the north.
All is healed, all is health.
High summer holds the earth.
Hearts all whole.
Sure on this shining night I weep for wonder wand’ring far
Of shadows on the stars.

Art for Summer – Part V of VI: Marco Sassone (Italian/American, contemporary)

Below – “Sausalito Marina”; “Laguna Beach Vista”

Musings in Summer: Mary Oliver

“I stood willingly and gladly in the characters of everything – other people, trees, clouds. And this is what I learned, that the world’s otherness is antidote to confusion – that standing within this otherness – the beauty and the mystery of the world, out in the fields or deep inside books – can re-dignify the worst-stung heart.”

Art for Summer – Part VI of VI: Carol Satriani (American, contemporary)

Below – “Vintage Fields”

Musings in Summer: Patricia P. McConnell

“We humans may be brilliant and we may be special, but we are still connected to the rest of life. No one reminds us of this better than our dogs. Perhaps the human condition will always include attempts to remind ourselves that we are separate from the rest of the natural world. We are different from other animals; it’s undeniably true. But while acknowledging that, we must acknowledge another truth, the truth that we are also the same. That is what dogs and their emotions give us– a connection. A connection to life on earth, to all that binds and cradles us, lest we begin to feel too alone. Dogs are our bridge– our connection wo who we really are, and most tellingly, who we want to be. When we call them home to us, it’s as if we are calling for home itself. And that’ll do, dogs. That’ll do.”

American Art – Ramon Santiago (1943-2001)

In the words of one writer, “Audiences have been drawn to Santiago’s unmistakable vision, a figurative style with dramatic fantasy. Elegant portrayals of beautiful women, odd human-like creatures, symbolism, color and recurrent themes create his haunting and enigmatic images. Influenced by Chagall, Dali, Picasso, Pascin and Modigliani.”

Below – “Cynthia I”; “Flower Child”; “Woman with Bird”; “Mask”; “September Dream”; “Butterfly Drawing.”

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