Beleaguered in Bothell – 26 January 2018

Musings in Winter: Pema Chodron

“You are the sky. Everything else – it’s just the weather.”

Art for Winter – Part I of IV: Manuel Pereira da Silva (Portuguese, 1920-2003)

Below – “Woman” (plaster in aluminum); “Man and Woman” (plaster); “Dance” (plaster)

A Song for Today

Art for Winter – Part II of IV: Charles Peterson (American, contemporary)

Below- “Swing Your Partner”; “Recitation”; “Grandma’s Quilt”


A Poem for Today

“A Knock on the Door”
by James Tate

They ask me if I’ve ever thought about the end of
the world, and I say, “Come in, come in, let me
give you some lunch, for God’s sake.” After a few
bites it’s the afterlife they want to talk about.
“Ouch,” I say, “did you see that grape leaf
skeletonizer?” Then they’re talking about
redemption and the chosen few sitting right by
His side. “Doing what?” I ask. “Just sitting?” I
am surrounded by burned up zombies. “Let’s
have some lemon chiffon pie I bought yesterday
at the 3 Dog Bakery.” But they want to talk about
my soul. I’m getting drowsy and see butterflies
everywhere. “Would you gentlemen like to take a
nap, I know I would.” They stand and back away
from me, out the door, walking toward my
neighbors, a black cloud over their heads and
they see nothing without end.


Art for Winter – Part III of IV: Carlos Pfeiffer (Argentinean, contemporary)

Below- A Plan Sol”; “Argentina Amerikan Still Life”; “Feliz New York”

Worth a Thousand Words: Firefly season in Japan. (This photograph taken by Kei Nomivama won a National Award.)

Art for Winter – Part IV of IV: Ray Phillips (American, contemporary)

Below – “G & G II”; “Roadie”; “Wild, Wild West”


A Second Poem for Today

“I Saw Myself”
by Lew Welch

I saw myself
a ring of bone
in the clear stream
of all of it

and vowed
always to be open to it
that all of it
might flow through

and then heard
“ring of bone” where
ring is what a

bell does


This Date in Art History – Died 26 January 2018 – Theodore Gericault, a French painter and lithographer.

Below – “The Raft of the Medusa”; “The Capture of a Wild Horss”; “Heroic Landscape with Fishermen”; “Portrait of Laure Bro”; “Insane Woman”; “The Kiss.”


A Second Song for Today

Contemporary Argentinean Art – Fabian Perez

In the words of one writer, “Fabian was born in Buenos Aires in 1967 and brought up in the small but dynamic Argentinian city of Campana 50 miles outside the capital. From the age of nine Fabian Perez felt at home holding a paintbrush, producing surprisingly mature portraits of family and friends. Fabian Perez’ extraordinary parents played a huge part in his creative development; Fabian’s mother was artistic and imaginative, while his father was a fascinating figure – well known locally both to the people and the police as a somewhat clandestine character with a hand in various business dealings that operated after dark in the nightclubs and on the streets of the city. Fabian Perez’ fathers’ activities meant that the young Fabian was exposed to an interesting cast of characters, from handsome men who lived their lives on the edge to women who, as he himself puts it, could seduce a man simply by lighting a cigarette. Add to this a world of sultry and glamorous tango dancers, flamenco guitarists and gypsy musicians, and Fabian’s stunning paintings fall into context as atmospheric representations of forbidden sensuality and unnamed desires.”

Below – “Geisha en Turquesa”; “November Rain”; “Princess Diaries II”; “Balcony at Buenos Aires V”; “Medias Negras III”; “Sunflower.”


Musings in Winter: Jack Kerouac

“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.”


Contemporary American Art – Linnea Pergola

In the words of one writer, “Linnea Pergola’s desire to express her unique creativity is the driving force which inspires and guides her to meld the diverse elements of drama and naive charm is her multi-media paintings and serigraphs. Linnea Pergola’s body of work is a collection of captivating and enchanting portrayals of life infused with fantasy to reveal the artist’s pure and unaffected response to her subject. Pergola admires the colors and moods of Georgia O’Keefe, the strong illustrations of N.C. Wyeth and the gentle scenes of Swedish life by Carl Larson, but credits only one person as an artistic influence.”

Below – “New York Taxi”; “Koi Fish Pond”; “Swimming Ponies I”; “Wonder Wheel”; “Sunset Over Sunset – Hollywood California”; “Galapagos.”

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