Beleaguered in Bothell – 22 January 2018

Remembering an Influential Writer on the Date of His Birth: Born 22 January 1788 – Lord Byron, an English poet, playwright, and a leading figure in the Romantic movement.

“She Walks in Beauty”
by Lord Byron

She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes;
Thus mellowed to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.

One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impaired the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
Or softly lightens o’er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express,
How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.

And on that cheek, and o’er that brow,
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent!

Art for Winter – Part I of IV: Max Papart – French, 1911-1994.

Below – “Circus, Circus”; “Into the Future”; “Le Voyageur”

Remembering an Influential Writer on the Date of His Birth: Born 22 January 1729 – Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, a German writer, philosopher, dramatist, art critic, and one of the most outstanding representatives of the Enlightenment era.

Some quotes from the work of Lessing:

“A heretic is a man who sees with his own eyes.”
“The search for truth is more precious than its possession.”
“For me the greatest beauty always lies in the greatest clarity.”
“Think wrongly, if you please, but in all cases think for yourself.”
“They make glorious shipwreck who are lost in seeking worlds.”

Below – Anna Rosina Lisiewska: “Portrait of Lessing”

Art for Winter – Part II of IV: Alessandro Papetti (Italian, contemporary)

Below – “Sei del mattino”; “Acqua – Il bagno di not”; “Bosco”


Worth a Thousand Words: A view from the Eiffel Tower.

Art for Winter – Part III of IV: Violet Parkhurst (American, 1921-2008)

Below – “Swan of Love”; “Incoming Fog”; “Struggle of Man”

Remembering a Vocalist on the Date of His Birth: Born 22 January 1931 – Sam Cooke, an American singer-songwriter. In the words of one writer, “Influential as both a singer and composer, he [Cooke] is commonly known as the King of Soul for his distinctive vocals and importance within popular music… His pioneering contributions to soul music contributed to the rise of Aretha Franklin, Bobby Womack, Al Green, Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and Billy Preston, and popularized the likes of Otis Redding and James Brown.”

Art for Winter – Part IV of IV: Alex Pauker (Russian, contemporary)

Below – “Beloved Haven”; “Mountain Road”; “Tranquility”

Remembering a Writer on the date of His Birth: Born 22 January 1849 – August Strindberg, a Swedish playwright, novelist, poet, essayist, and painter.

Some quotes from the work of August Strindberg:

“if you are afraid of loneliness, don’t get married.”
“Everything can happen, everything is possible and probable. Time and place do not exist; on a significant bases of reality, the imagination spins, weaving new patterns; a mixture of memories, experiences, free fancies, incongruities and improvisations.”
“He saw the cause of his unhappiness in the family–the family as a social institution, which does not permit the child to become an independent individual at the proper time.”
“A man with a so-called character is often a simple piece of mechanism; he has often only one point of view for the extremely complicated relationships of life.”
“There are poisons that blind you, and poisons that open your eyes.”
“Autumn is my spring!”
“I dream, therefore I exist.”

Below – Three of Strindberg’s paintings: “Flower at the Beach”; “Snowstorm on the Sea”; “Seascape.”

This Date in Art History: Died 22 January 2012 – Clarence Tillenius, a Canadian painter, environmentalist, and advocate for the protection of wildlife and wilderness.

Below – Untitled (Ermine and deer mouse); “Ruffled grouse on drumming log”; Untitled (Snowshoe hare); “Bull Moose and reflection”; “Aspens aflame”; “Creekside grove.”

For Your Information: 22 January is National Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day in the United States. Good luck.

Contemporary Indian Art – Jitendra Patel

Artist Statement: “My sculpture designs in 3D software which are my own creation. These sculptures can be made in any scale & media. I am introducing them as Techno Sculpture.”

Below – “Singer” (fiberglass); “Twisting Torso” (wood); “Relaxation” (fiber and acrylic paint); “Rhythmic Form” (clear acrylic); “Twisting Lady” (wood); “Awake” (acrylic and wood).

Remembering a Famous Incompetent on the Date of His Birth: Born 22 January 1907 – Douglas “Wrong Way” Corrigan, an American aviator.. Corrigan garnered the nickname “Wrong Way” after what he claimed was a navigational error caused him to fly from New York City to Ireland rather than to his scheduled destination – Long Beach, California. In my view, anyone named Corrigan is automatically “Wrong.”

Below – Douglas Corrigan; Corrigan Neralich.

Contemporary American Art – Ramon Parmenter

In the words of one writer, “Ramon Parmenter was born September 14, 1954 in Eugene, Oregon. He received his formal training at both Walla Walla College, and the Southern Oregon College of Art. From a very young age Ramon showed an avid interest in drawing and demonstrated an uncanny ability to represent the living form in great creative detail. An art critic once stated, ‘Ramon Parmenter shows a classic genius for drawing and sculpting the living form. Two works possessing the muscular sensuousness of a Michelangelo combined with the elegant flowing forms of Cellini and touched by the classic grace of Canova, this young artist has added his own fearless obsession for risk-taking by showing his figures, not standing on terra firma, but caught in the act of movement, suspended in dramatic special conflict.’”

Below (all bronze) – “Graceful Power”; “Gentle Breeze”; “Escape”; “By the Sea”; “Windswept”; “Garden Walk.”

Remembering a Writer on the Date of Her Birth: Born 22 January 1887 – Helen Hoyt, an American poet and author.

“Park Going to Sleep”
by Helen Hoyt

The shadows under the trees
And in the vines by the boat-house
Grow dark,
And the lamps gleam softly.
On the street, far off,
The sound of the cars, rumbling,
Moves drowsily.
The rocks grow dim on the edges of the shore.
The boats with tired prows against the landing
Have fallen asleep heavily:
The monuments sleep
And the trees
And the smooth slow-winding empty paths sleep.

Contemporary American Art – Michael Parkes

In the words of one writer, “Michael Parkes was born in 1944. Michael Parkes studied graphic art and painting at the University of Kansas and then traveled for three years throughout Asia and Europe. In 1975 Michael Parkes settled definitively in Spain, where he now lives. Throughout Michael Parkes’ career, numerous international exhibitions underline the importance of Parkes’work. Michael Parkes is both a uniquely talented painter and master of the art of original stone lithography. What is unusual about Michael Parkes is that in his paintings and lithographs, metaphysical and spiritual elements are joined into reality.”

Below – “Black Panther White Wings”; “Sacred Fire I”; “Practice Ring”; “Summer”; “Pale Swan”; “Persepolis.”

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