Beleaguered in Bothell – 28 December 2017

Musings in Winter: Mark Twain

“When I am king they shall not have bread and shelter only, but also teachings out of books, for a full belly is little worth where the mind is starved.”

Art for Winter – Part I of III: Jean-Paul Loppo Martinez (French, contemporary)

Below – “War and Peace”; “Blanche”; “Entrvues”

Worth a Thousand Words: The last known photograph of the Titanic afloat, taken on 12 April 1912. Three days after this picture was taken,1,514 people would be dead and the Titanic would be at the bottom of the North Atlantic.

Art for Winter – Part II of III: Soraida Martinez (American, contemporary)

Below – “When Money Gets Ugly”; “Puerto Rican Stereotype”

Musings in Winter: Lawrence Durrell

“A puritan culture’s conception of art is something which will endorse its morality and flatter its patriotism.”


Below – Norman Rockwell: “Salute the Flag”

Art for Winter – Part III of III: Hector Martinez (Mexican, contemporary)

Below – “One Snowy Day”; “Jester”; “Market”

Musings in Winter: May Sarton

“A house that does not have one worn, comfy chair in it is soulless.”

Contemporary Spanish Art – Felix Mas

In the words of one writer, “He was born in Barcelona and trained at the ‘Artes y Oficios’ and later at the ‘Escuela Superior de San Jorge.’ Felix Mas artistic education was further developed by extensive travelling in Europe and the United States, before returning to his home town,

Below – “La Dama De Las Mariposas”; “Harmony”; “Sinfonia De Color”; “Musa”; “Winter”; “Suenos II.”

A Poem for Today

“Insomnia I”
By Howard Nemerov

Some nights it’s bound to be your best way out,
When nightmare is the short end of the stick,
When sleep is a part of town where it’s not safe
To walk at night, when waking is the only way
You have of distancing your wretched dead,
A growing crowd, and escaping out of their
Time into yours for another little while;

Then pass ghostly, a planet in the house
Never observed, among the sleeping rooms
Where children dream themselves, and thence go down
Into the empty domain where daylight reigned;
Reward yourself with drink and a book to read,
A mystery, for its elusive gift
Of reassurance against the hour of death.
Order your heart about: Stop doing that!
And get the world to be secular again.

Then, when you know who done it, turn out the light,
And quietly in darkness, in moonlight, or snowlight
Reflective, listen to the whistling earth
In its backspin trajectory around the sun
That makes the planets sometimes retrograde
And brings the cold forgiveness of the dawn
Whose light extinguishes all stars but one.

This Date in Art History: Died 28 December 1890 – Dennis Miller Bunker, an American painter.

Below – “The Pool, Midfield”; “Jessica”; “Roadside Cottage”; “Anne Page”; “Marshland”; “Tree.”

Musings in Winter: Mary Oliver

“I would say that there exist a thousand unbreakable links between each of us and everything else, and that our dignity and our chances are one. The farthest star and the mud at our feet are a family; and there is no decency or sense in honoring one thing, or a few things, and then closing the list. The pine tree, the leopard, the Platte River, and ourselves – we are at risk together, or we are on our way to a sustainable world together. We are each other’s destiny.”

This Date in Art History: Died 28 December 1946 – Elie Nadelman, a Polish-American sculptor.

Below – “Horse”; “Classical Head”; “Two Women”; “Art Deco Beauty”; “Ideal Head”; “Standing Nude.”

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