Beleaguered in Bothell – 30 January 2018

Remembering a Great Activist on the Date of His Death: Died 30 January 1948 Mahatma Mohandas Gandhi, an Indian activist who was the leader of the Indian independence movement against British rule.

Some quotes from the work of Mahatma Gandhi:

“There are two days in the year that we can not do anything, yesterday and tomorrow.”
“Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.”
“Strength does not come from winning. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.”
“The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members.”
“Our greatest ability as humans is not to change the world; but to change ourselves.”
“Let your life be your message.”

Art for Winter – Part I of VI: Gary Lee Price (American, contemporary)

Below (all bronze) – “Celebration”; “Ascent”; “Winged Messenger”

Remembering a Famous American on the Date of Her Death: Died 30 January 1836 – Elizabeth Griscom “Betsy” Ross, a seamstress widely credited with making the first American flag.

Below – A painting by Edward Percy Moran depicting Betsy Ross presenting the first American flag to General George Washington.

Art for Winter – Part II of VI: Andrei Protsouk (Ukrainian, contemporary)

Below – “Hot Summer”; “Flower for You”; “Happy Halloween”

Remembering a Historian on the Date of Her Birth: Born 30 January 1912 – Barbara W. Tuchman, an American historian and the author of many worthy books, including “The Guns of August,” “Stilwell and the American Experience in China, 1911-45.” and “The March of Folly From Troy to Vietnam.”

Some quotes from the work of Barbara W. Tuchman:

“Books are the carriers of civilization…They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind. Books are humanity in print.”
“War is the unfolding of miscalculations.”
“Learning from experience is a faculty almost never practiced.”
“In individuals as in nations, contentment is silent, which tends to unbalance the historical record.”
“For belligerent purposes, the 14th century, like the 20th, commanded a technology more sophisticated than the mental and moral capacity that guided its use.”
“When the gap between ideal and real becomes too wide, the system breaks down.”

Art for Winter – Part III of VI: Romaya Puchman (Azerbaijanian, contemporary)

Below – “Cleopatra”; “Artist and Model”; “Recollection”

Remembering a Great Leader on the Date of His Birth: Born 30 January 1882 – Franklin D. Roosevelt, an American lawyer, politician, and the 32nd President of the United States (1933-1945)

Some quotes from the work of Franklin D. Roosevelt:

“The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerated the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than the democratic state itself. That in its essence is fascism: ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or any controlling private power.”
“These economic royalists complain that we seek to overthrow the institutions of America. What they really complain of is that we seek to take away their power. Our allegiance to American institutions requires the overthrow of this kind of power. In vain they seek to hide behind the flag and the Constitution. In their blindness they forget what the flag and the Constitution stand for.”
“Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country.”
“Those newspapers of the nation which most loudly cried dictatorship against me would have been the first to justify the beginnings of dictatorship by somebody else.”
“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have little.”

Art for Winter – Part IV of VI: Ramon Pujol (Spanish, contemporary)

Below – “Sol de Tarda”; “Composition”; “Paseo Por El Pareo”

Worth a Thousand Words: Storm clouds over a flowering rapeseed field in Latvia. This photograph by Janis Palulis is a National Award Winner.

Art for Winter – Part V of VI: Donald Roy Purdy (American, contemporary)

Below – “Flower Cart”; “Woman in the Garden”; “Boston Common”

Remembering an Inventor on the Date of His Death: Died 30 January 1948 – Orville Wright, an American aviator, pilot, engineer, inventor, and aviation pioneer who, along with his brother Wilbur, is generally credited with inventing, building, and flying the world’s first successful airplane.

Below- Orville Wright; Orville Wright at the controls of the Wright Flyer on its first flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina – the first sustained and controlled, heavier-than-air, powered flight.

Art for Winter – Part VI of VI: Alicia Quaini (Argentinean, contemporary)

Below – “Together Again”; “Bright Light”; “Apples”

Remembering a Great Activist on the Date of His Birth: Born 30 January 1919 – Fred Korematsu, an American civil rights activist who objected to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. In the words of one writer, “Shortly after the Imperial Japanese Navy launched its attack on Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, which authorized the removal of individuals of Japanese ancestry living on the West Coast from their homes and their mandatory imprisonment in internment camps, but Korematsu instead challenged the orders and became a fugitive.
The legality of the internment order was upheld by the Supreme Court of the United States in Korematsu v. United States; this ruling has never been explicitly overturned. Korematsu’s conviction for evading internment was overturned four decades later after the disclosure of new evidence challenging the necessity of the internment, evidence which had been withheld from the courts by the U.S. government during the war. To commemorate his journey as a civil rights activist posthumously, ‘Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution’ was observed for the first time on his 92nd birthday, January 30, 2011, by the state of California, the first such commemoration for an Asian American in the United States.”

A timely quote from Fred Korematsu: “According to the Supreme Court decision regarding my case, being an American citizen was not enough. They say you have to look like one, otherwise they say you can’t tell a difference between a loyal and disloyal American. I thought that this decision was wrong and I still feel that way. As long as my record stands in federal court, any American citizen can be held in prison or concentration camps without a trial or a hearing. That is if they look like the enemy of our country. Therefore, I would like to see the government admit that they were wrong and do something about it so this will never happen again to any American citizen of any race, creed or color.”

This Date in Art History: Born 30 January 1920 – Patrick Heron, a British painter.

Below – “Scarlet Disc in Rough Violet”; “White Vertical”; “October 21 1988”; “Big Violet with Red and Blue”; “Four Blues, Two discs.”

Remembering a Writer on the Date of His Birth: Born 30 January 1935 – Richard Brautigan, an American novelist, short story writer, and poet.

“Let’s Voyage Into The New American House”
by Richard Brautigan

There are doors
that want to be free
from their hinges to
fly with perfect clouds.

There are windows
that want to be
released from their
frames to run with
the deer through
back country meadows.

There are walls
that want to prowl
with the mountains
through the early
morning dusk.

There are floors
that want to digest
their furniture into
flowers and trees.

There are roofs
that want to travel
gracefully with
the stars through
circles of darkness.

American Art – Kenneth Price (1935-2012)

In the words of one writer,“Born in Los Angeles in 1935, Price received a BFA from the University of Southern California after studying at Chouinard Art Institute, and Otis Art Institute with Peter Voulkos.”

Below – “Western Sunset”; “Figurative Cup Series, Figurative Cup III”; “Orange Grove”; “Bedroom”; “Crabcup Miniature”; “Hot Bottoms.”

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