30 August 2017 – Beleaguered in Bothell

Musings in Summer: Confucius

“Time flows away like water in the river.”

Art for Summer – Part I of IV: Francesco Scavullo (American, 1921-2004)

Below – “Song” (photograph)

Musings in Summer: George Santayana

“I love moving water, I love ships, I love the sharp definition, the concentrated humanity, the sublime solitude of life at sea. The dangers of it only make present to us the peril inherent in all existence, which the stupid, ignorant, untravelled land-worm never discovers; and the art of it, so mathematical, so exact, so rewarding to intelligence, appeals to courage and clears the mind of superstition, while filling it with humility and true religion.”

Art for Summer – Part II of IV: Roy Schallenberg (American, 1945-2010)

Below – Untitled, Figures of 2 Women

Worth a Thousand Words: Annette Kellerman promoting a woman’s right to wear a fitted, one-piece bathing suit (1907). (She was later arrested for indecency. What a hussy!)

Art for Summer – Part III of IV: Miriam Schapiro (Canadian, 1923-2015)

Below – “Meditation”

A Poem for Today

“The Mad Yak”
By Gregory Corso

I am watching them churn the last milk they’ll ever get from me.
They are waiting for me to die;
They want to make buttons out of my bones.
Where are my sisters and brothers?
That tall monk there, loading my uncle, he has a new cap.
And that idiot student of his–
I never saw that muffler before.
Poor uncle, he lets them load him.
How sad he is, how tired!
I wonder what they’ll do with his bones?
And that beautiful tail!
How many shoelaces will they make of that!

Art for Summer – Part IV of IV: David Schluss (Israeli, contemporary)

Below – “Circus Act”; “Camilia” (bronze)

Musings in Summer: Mary Oliver

“If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy, don’t hesitate. Give in to it. There are plenty of lives and whole towns destroyed or about to be. We are not wise, and not very often kind. And much can never be redeemed. Still life has some possibility left. Perhaps this is its way of fighting back, that sometimes something happened better than all the riches or power in the world. It could be anything, but very likely you notice it in the instant when love begins. Anyway, that’s often the case. Anyway, whatever it is, don’t be afraid of its plenty. Joy is not made to be a crumb. (Don’t Hesitate)”

American Art – Fritz Scholder (1937-2005): Part I of II

In the words of one writer, “Fritz Scholder’s mix of Expressionism and Native American imagery is credited with revitalizing Indian art in the 1960s and ’70s. His art is in many major museums, including the National Gallery and the National Museum of American Art in Washington, the Museum of Modern Art in New York.”

Below – “Last Indian with American Flag”; “Woman in Nature”; “Indian Cliche”; “Shaman with Animal”; “Matinee Cowboy and Horse”; “Dream Horse Series #2.”

Musings in Summer: Mark X

“Of course, I’m not quite ready to forsake all the products of society, just yet. I have my clothes, my books, etc… But more and more I can see myself leaving much of the rest behind – leaving their makers, and the crucible from which they proceed. If at times, after all, I might benefit by the rays of the sun, must I seek also to reside in its nuclear core?”

American Art – Fritz Scholder (1937-2005): Part II of II

“‘Fritz Scholder was a great American artist,’ said Frank Goodyear, director of the Heard Museum. ‘He challenged the definitions of Indian art and, in doing so, created some iconic American images.’ Scholder’s constant desire to explore, collect, travel and experience is undoubtedly the distinguishing feature of both his life and his art. Scholder is best known for his expressionist paintings that are in museum collections around the world. His style is well known for its distortions, explosive brushwork and vivid colors.”

Below – “Reservation Dog”; “Indian on White Horse”; “Mystery Woman Series #1; “Dream Horse Series #1”; “Carnival”; “Arizona Palm.”

Musings in Summer: May Sarton

“It is time I came back to my real life
After this voyage to an island with no name,
Where I lay down at sunrise drunk with light.”

Contemporary American Art – Billy Schenck

Artist Statement: ”My style of painting is a marriage of my earliest romantic remembrances of the West and my artistic roots in the Pop painting of the early 1960s.”

Below – “A Long Way Back”; “Surfer Girl IV”; “True Romance”; “High Heat at High Noon”; “Coors”; “It’s Beautiful.”

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