Beleaguered in Bothell – 24 January 2018

Musings in Winter: Carolyn Hart

“Don’t we all look back in longing, those of us who had happy childhoods? Because the greatest loss we ever know is not the loss of family or place or money, it is the loss of innocence. There is forever a hollow place in our hearts once we realize that darkness rings the campfire.”

Art for Winter – Part I of V: Robert Peak (American, 1927-1992)

Below – From “Spirit of Sports Portfolio”; “String of Pearls”; From “Spirit of Sports Suite”


Remembering a Writer on the Date of Her Birth: Born 24 January 1862 – Edith Wharton, an American novelist, short story writer, and recipient of the 1921 Pulitzer Prize for Literature.

Some quotes from the work of Edith Wharton:

“In spite of illness, in spite even of the archenemy sorrow, one can remain alive long past the usual date of disintegration if one is unafraid of change, insatiable in intellectual curiosity, interested in big things, and happy in small ways.”
“Silence may be as variously shaded as speech.”
“She was so evidently the victim of the civilization which had produced her, that the links of her bracelet seemed like manacles chaining her to her fate.”
“The real marriage of true minds is for any two people to possess a sense of humor or irony pitched in exactly the same key, so that their joint glances on any subject cross like interarching searchlights.”
“It was easy enough to despise the world, but decidedly difficult to find any other habitable region.”
“Set wide the window. Let me drink the day.”


Art for Winter – Part II of V: Philip Pearlstein (American, contemporary)

Below – “Nude Model with Banner and Fish Weathervanes”; “Alligator”; “Mummy Cave Ruins at Canyon de Chelly”


Remembering a Vocalist on the Date of His Birth: Born 24 January 1947 – Warren Zevron, an American singer-songwriter and musician.

One of my Halloween favorites:

Art for Winter – Part III of V: David Pearson (American, contemporary)

Below (all bronze) – “Midnight”; “Antelope”; “Silent Passage”


For Your Information: 24 January is National Peanut Butter Day in the United States.

Art for Winter – Part IV of V: Javier Saenz Pedrosa (Spanish, contemporary)

Below – “Chica en la Estacion”; “Muchacha con Uvas”; “Terra de Somnis II”


Remembering a Vocalist on the Date of His Birth: Born 24 January 1941 – Aaron Neville, an American singer and musician.

Art for Winter – Part V of V: Amelia Pelaez (Cuban, 1896-1968)

Below – “Girl with Flower”; “Flower Vase”; Untitled


Worth a Thousand Words: Pfeiffer Beach, California.


This Date in Art History: Died 24 January 1881 – James Collinson, a British painter and member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood from 1848 to 1850.

Below – “The Sisters”; “Image Boy”; “To Let”; “The Writing Lesson”; “Home Again.”


A Poem for Today

“After Love”
by Sara Teasdale

There is no magic any more,
We meet as other people do,
You work no miracle for me
Nor I for you.

You were the wind and I the sea —
There is no splendor any more,
I have grown listless as the pool
Beside the shore.

But though the pool is safe from storm
And from the tide has found surcease,
It grows more bitter than the sea,
For all its peace.

This Date in Art History: Born 24 January 1915 – Robert Motherwell, an American painter and printmaker.

Below – “Elegy to the Spanish Republic No. 110”; “Beau Geste VI”; “Red Sea III”; “The Wave”; “Blue Gesture.”

Musings in Winter: Sherman Alexie

“Can you hear the dreams crackling like a campfire? Can you hear the dreams sweeping through the pine trees and tipis? Can you hear the dreams laughing in the sawdust? Can you hear the dreams shaking just a little bit as the day grows long? Can you hear the dreams putting on a good jacket that smells of fry bread and sweet smoke? Can you hear the dreams stay up late and talk so many stories?”


This Date in Art History: Born 24 January 1926 – Ruth Asawa, an American sculptor and painter.

Below – Untitled (wall-mounted tied wire); “Dancers” (oil on blotting paper); Untitled (copper and iron wire); Untitled (lithograph); Untitled (Chrysanthemums) (pen and ink on paper); “Desert Flower” (lithograph).

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