28 September 2017 – Beleaguered in Bothell

Musings in Autumn: Kenneth Grahame

“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”

Below – Canoeing on the Buffalo River in Arkansas.

Art for Autumn – Part I of V: Andre Cabanal (French, 1823-1889)

Below – “The Birth of Venus”

Musings in Autumn: Marcel Proust

“I cannot express the uneasiness caused in me by this intrusion of mystery and beauty into a room I had at last filled with myself to the point of paying no more attention to the room than to that self. The anesthetizing influence of habit having ceased, I would begin to have thoughts, and feelings, and they are such sad things.”

Below – Jean-Christophe Gondouin: “Dining Room”

Art for Autumn – Part II of V: Albert Samuel Anker (Swiss, 1831-1910)

Below – Young Girl Braiding Her Hair”

Worth a Thousand Words: A twenty-mule-team wagon hauling borax across Death Valley, circa 1890.

Art for Autumn – Part III of V: Michael Taylor (British, contemporary)

Below – “Girl with Lilac”

Musings in Autumn: May Sarton

“There is no need of words. Our lives will do,
Long long enough to learn all of our love,
While time, the river, flows gently below,
Having no false eternities to prove.
The night is full of unspent tenderness
And in its silences we rest apart.
There is no need of words with which to bless
The daily bread, the wine of the full heart.
Here are the peaceful days we cannot share.
Here is our peace at last, and we not there.”

Art for Autumn – Part IV of V: John Collier (English, 1850-1934)

Below – “Sleeping Beauty”

Musings in Autumn: James Agee

“The ability to try to understand existence, the ability to try to recognize the wonder and responsibility of one’s own existence, the ability to know even fractionally the almost annihilating beauty, ambiguity, darkness, and horror which swarm every instant of every consciousness, the ability to try to accept it, or the ability to try to defend one’s self, or the ability to dare to try to assist others; all such as these, of which most human beings are cheated of their potentials, are, in most of those who even begin to discern or wish for them, the gifts or thefts of economic privilege, and are available to members of these leanest classes only by the rare and irrelevant miracle of born and surviving ‘talent’.”

Below – Sabrina McGowens: “Thinking Man”

Art for Autumn – Part V of V: Jonas Wood (American, contemporary)

Below – “Landscape Pot with Plant”

Remembering a Great American Writer on the Date of His Birth – Born 28 September 1891, Herman Melville, author and poet.

“Shiloh: A Requiem (April, 1862)”
By Herman Melville

Skimming lightly, wheeling still,
The swallows fly low
Over the field in clouded days,
The forest-field of Shiloh—
Over the field where April rain
Solaced the parched ones stretched in pain
Through the pause of night
That followed the Sunday fight
Around the church of Shiloh—
The church so lone, the log-built one,
That echoed to many a parting groan
And natural prayer
Of dying foemen mingled there—
Foemen at morn, but friends at eve—
Fame or country least their care:
(What like a bullet can undeceive!)
But now they lie low,
While over them the swallows skim,
And all is hushed at Shiloh.

Below – The Hornet’s Nest on the Shiloh Battlefield, April, 1862.

Contemporary American Art – Adrian Wong Shue: Part I of II

In the words of one writer, “Adrian Wong Shue was born on the Caribbean island of Jamaica in the West Indies when the island was still a British Colony. His formal studies were in Kingston, Jamaica and Los Angeles, California. He exhibits widely in many major galleries throughout the United States, as well as in Jamaica, Korea, India, France, and Germany. A current exhibition of his work (February through April, 2006) is touring galleries in two German cities. His more figuratively inclined oil paintings and drawings reflect his early, formal training during the 1960’s at Kingston College under Professor Alexander Cooper and his tutorship under Chinese drawing master Alfred Chin in Kingston, Jamaica.”

Below – “Mythologies”; “Song Bird”; “Message on the Wind”; “Trade Winds”; “My Child, My Love”; “Promises.”

Musings in Autumn: Mary Oliver

“You may not agree, you may not care, but if you are holding this book you should know that of all the sights I love in this world — and there are plenty — very near the top of the list is this one: dogs without leashes.”

Below – Nancy Spielman: “Dogs on the Beach”

Contemporary American Art – Adrian Wong Shue: Part II of II

In the words of one writer, “Given the varied influences in Wong Shue’s background – formal training in a British inspired academic atmosphere, tutorship in the traditional Asian discipline of art, and early exposure to local Caribbean island art – it is not surprising that the artist’s current work shows more than traces of his formative years. Adrian Wong Shue currently works from his studio in Los Angeles, California.”

Below – “Unspoken Passion”; “Heart Songs”; “Love’s Little Gifts”; “Mother and Child”; “Counsellor”; “Sambista.”

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