Beleaguered in Bothell – 2 January 2018

Musings in Winter: Camille Paglia

“My advice to the reader approaching a poem is to make the mind still and blank. Let the poem speak. This charged quiet mimics the blank space ringing the printed poem, the nothing out of which something takes shape.”

Below – Charles Edward Perugini: “Girl Reading”

Art for Winter – Part I of IV: Deloss McGraw (American, contemporary)

Below – “Drowned Ophelia”

For Your Information: 2 January is National Creampuff Day in the United States.

Art for Winter – Part II of IV: Madeleine McKay (Irish, contemporary)

Below – “Lycopene”; “Vigil”; “Visitor”

Musings in Winter: Marcel Proust

“I feel that there is much to be said for the Celtic belief that the souls of those whom we have lost are held captive in some inferior being, in an animal, in a plant, in some inanimate object, and thus effectively lost to us until the day (which to many never comes) when we happen to pass by the tree or to obtain possession of the object which forms their prison. Then they start and tremble, they call us by our name, and as soon as we have recognised them the spell is broken. Delivered by us, they have overcome death and return to share our life.
And so it is with our own past. It is a labour in vain to attempt to recapture it: all the efforts of our intellect must prove futile. The past is hidden somewhere outside the realm, beyond the reach of intellect, in some material object (in the sensation which that material object will give us) of which we have no inkling. And it depends on chance whether or not we come upon this object before we ourselves must die.”

Art for Winter – Part III of IV: Thomas Frederick McKnight (American, contemporary)

Below – “Nathez”; Untitled: Interior; “Red Room with Guitar”

Worth a Thousand Words: The Sphinx and Giza Pyramid.

Art for Winter – Part IV of IV: Joshua Meador (American, 1911-11965)

Below – “Port of Call”; “Cannon Beach, Oregon”


Remembering a Writer on the Date of His Birth: Born 2 January 1947 – David Shapiro, an American poet, historian, and critic.

“Poem for You”
by David Shapiro

I am jealous of the sand

beneath you
around you
what you see

bright things erased lady
sparkling and traveling without luggage
liquidity
before X
you are tattooed on my back music
dies down

I too grew up in
the soft hands
of the gods

and a little donkey will lead them

Tears, tears, and I know
just what they mean
honeysuckles at night

I wrote this poem for you and haven’t lost it

This Date in Art History: Born 2 January 1462 – Piero di Cosimo, an Italian painter.

Below – “Perseus Rescuing Andromeda”; “Tritons and Nereids”; “Venus, Mars, and Cupid”; “Portrait of Simonetta Vespucci”; “Madonna and Child Enthroned with Saints”; “The Death of Procris.”


Musings in Winter: Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“I picked up one and then a second and then a third of these stones, finding them at about the rate of one stone to the acre. And here is where my adventure became magical, for in a striking foreshortening of time that embraced thousands of years, I had become the witness of this miserly rain from the stars. the marvel of marvels was that there on the rounded back of the planet, between this magnetic sheet and those stars, a human consciousness was present in which as in a mirror that rain could be reflected.”

Below – Meteor fragments.


American Art – Dave McGary (1958-2013)

In the words of one writer, “Artist Dave McGary grew up in Cody, Wyoming, the son of a ranching family. At age 16, McGary headed to Pietrasanta, near the Carrara Alps in Italy, where he worked in a foundry by day and on his own sculpture at night for a year and a half. Returning to the United States in 1976, he went to work for Shidoni Foundry, then moved from Santa Fe to the Hondo Valley in southern New Mexico where he ultimately built his own foundry outside Ruidoso, NM. Today, Dave McGary oversees every step of his creative process in a 14,000 square-foot finishing studio where a large staff handles details of chasing, patina and painting his work. The connection to Native American culture through his friendship with Daniel Long Soldier is one way that McGary’s art stands apart from other contemporary interpretations of Native American culture. Though he immerses himself in history books and other means of study, it is his living connection to Native American culture that breathes life into each piece.”

Below – “Rainmaker” (bronze); “Free Spirits at Noisy Water” (bronze); “When Lightning Strikes” (bronze); “Eye of the Storm”; “Rain in the Face”; (bronze); “Birth of Long Soldier.”

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