Beleaguered in Bothell – 18 January 2018

Musings in Winter: Camille Paglia

“Human beings are not nature’s favorites. We are merely one of a multitude of species upon which nature indiscriminately exerts its force.”

Art for Winter – Part I of II: Chris Noel (American, contemporary)

Below – “Deep Down and Far Away”; “Down by the Lake”; “Alpine Retreat”

Remembering a Writer on the Date of His Birth: Born 18 January 1882 – A. A. Milne, an English author, poet, and playwright, best known for his books about Winnie-the-Pooh.

“Solitude”
by A. A. Milne

I have a house where I go
When there’s too many people,
I have a house where I go
Where no one can be;
I have a house where I go,
Where nobody ever says ‘No’;
Where no one says anything- so
There is no one but me.


Art for Winter – Part II of II: Andreas Nottebohm (German/American, contemporary)

Below – Untitled (painting on aluminum); “Red Moon”; “Obscure Entrance”

Remembering a Comic Genius on the Date of His Death: Died 18 January 1952 – Jerome Lester Horowitz, better known by his stage name Curly Howard, an American comedian, vaudevillian, actor, and member of the Three Stooges.

French Art – Philippe Noyer (1917-1985)

In the words of one writer, “French Artist Philippe Noyer’s stylised images featuring the material luxury and ephemera surrounding early 20th century high society have an art deco feel. The luminosity in his works comes from a technique he discovered and perfected in which he avoids white in favor of pure colors.”

Below – “Ladies in Red”; “Girl Reclining”; ““Girl Sitting”; “La Nymphe”; “Ladies and Leopards” (5 piece suite); “Girl Sitting.”

Worth a Thousand Words: Marpha, the Apple Capital of Nepal.

This Date in Art History: Born 18 January 1981 – Otgonbayar Ershuu (artist name (OTGO), a Mongolain painter and illustrator.

Below – “Hun”; “Fly and Fly”; “Deeshee deeshee”; “Zebras 7”; “Roaring Hoofs – 57.”

A Poem for Today

“For My Young Friends Who Are Afraid”
by William Stafford

There is a country to cross you will
find in the corner of your eye, in
the quick slip of your foot–air far
down, a snap that might have caught.
And maybe for you, for me, a high, passing
voice that finds its way by being
afraid. That country is there, for us,
carried as it is crossed. What you fear
will not go away: it will take you into
yourself and bless you and keep you.
That’s the world, and we all live there.

Below – William Stafford.

This Date in Art History: Died 19 January 2015 – Eugenio Cruz Vargas, a Chilean painter.

Below – “Rio Maipo”; “Trasluz I”; “Altraccion destellan”; “Cascada rompiente”; “Estacion ferroviaria Puangue.”


Musings in Winter: Guy Davenport

“When Heraclitus said that everything passes steadily along, he was not inciting us to make the best of the moment, an idea unseemly to his placid mind, but to pay attention to the pace of things. Each has its own rhythm: the nap of a dog, the procession of the equinoxes, the dances of Lydia, the majestically slow beat of the drums at Dodona, the swift runners at Olympia.”


Contemporary American Art – Bruce Nowlin

In the words of one writer, “Bruce Carlton (B.C.) Nowlin was born in 1949 in Alameda, New Mexico. He spent his childhood on the edge of the Sandia Pueblo Reservation. His teenage mother spent her early years in the Laguna Pueblo earning her the Indian name ‘Little Bird’. His father, Duke, worked in Albuquerque at a highly classified government job. B.C.’s Native-American friends gave him the symbol; the bird-and-moon, a calligraphic logo he signs to every piece of artwork.”

Below – “Mirage”; “Light Fall”; “Will Stay”; “Within”; “This Way”; “Lakota – In Red.”

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