Friends: I hope that your fondest Christmas wish comes true today.
This Date in Art History: Died 25 December 1983 – Joan Miro, a Spanish painter, sculptor, and ceramicist.
Below – “Horse, Pipe, and Red Flower”; “Moon Bird”; “The Farmer”; “Mont-roig Vineyards and Olive Tree”; “The Air”; “Still Life with Old Shoe.”
Worth a Thousand Words: Santa Claus House in North Pole, Alaska.
Below – “The Joy of Living (Background after Matisse)”; “Coyote”; “Prayer for the Return of the Buffalo”
Remembering a Vocalist on the Date of His Death: Died 25 December 2006 – James Brown, an American singer-songwriter.
Art for Winter – Part II of V: Bato Dugarzhapov (Russian, contemporary)
Below – “Terrace”
Art for Winter – Part III of V: Eva Makk (Ethiopian, contemporary)
Below – “Amazon Rainbow”
Remembering a Writer on the Date of His Birth: Born 25 December 1716 – Yosa Buson, a Japanese poet.
Four Haiku by Yosa Buson
Calligraphy of geese
against the sky–
the moon seals it.
Straw sandal half sunk
in an old pond
in the sleety snow.
light of the moon
moves west – flowers’ shadows
Not quite dark yet
and the stars shining
above the withered fields.
Below – Matsumura Goshun: “Yosa Buson”
Art for Winter – Part IV of V: Christopher Makos (American, contemporary)
Below – “Blue Mood”
Remembering a Comic Genius on the Date of His Death: Died 25 December 1946 – W. C. Fields, an American comedian, actor, juggler, and screenwriter.
Some quotes from the work of W. C. Fields:
“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. No use being a damn fool about it.”
“It ain’t what they call you, it’s what you answer to.”
“I cook with wine; sometimes I even add it to the food.”
“I never hold a grudge. As soon as I get even with the son-of-a bitch, I forget it.”
“Everybody’s got to believe in something. I believe I’ll have another beer.”
“Start every day off with a smile and get it over with.”
“Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people.”
“Ah, the patter of little feet around the house. There’s nothing like having a midget for a butler.”
“You can’t trust water: Even a straight stick turns crooked in it.”
“I once spent a year in Philadelphia, I think it was on a Sunday.”
“I spent half my money on gambling, alcohol and wild women. The other half I wasted.”
Below – “Butterfly Moon”; “Celestial Navigation”; “Great Skies Diptych”
“December is an old friend; it reminds you of the past, together you share some laughs and tears, you feel warm-hearted though it’s freezing outside. But, the goodbye is inevitable. May the memories we share with this friend next year be filled with comfort, peace and Love.”
This Date in Art History: Born 25 December 1938 – Duane Armstrong, an American painter.
Below – Untitled (from “Fields of Grass” series); “Mustard Fields”; “Kite in a Tree”; “Buckboard”; “Inlet”; “Home for Lunch.”