Beleaguered in Bothell – 23 February 2018

Musings in Winter: David Rosenfelt

“The face of a golden retriever feels like home.”

Art for Winter – Part I of III: Max Shertz (American, 1933-2009)

Below – “Penetrating the Eyesight”; “Giddy Galactic”; “Man Woman”

Remembering z Comic Genius on the Date of His Death: Died 23 February 1965 – Stan Laurel, an English actor, comedian, and member of Laurel and Hardy – the greatest comedy team in the history of cinema.

Art for Winter – Part II of III: Alexander Sheversky (Moldavian, contemporary)

Below – “Holding a Pomegranate”; “Quinces in Silver Bowl”; “Nude and Mirror”

For Your Information: 23 February is National Banana Bread Day in the United States.

Art for Winter – Part III of III: Victor Shvaiko (Russian, contemporary)

Below – “La Villa Miranda”; “Open Door”; “Blue Curtain”

Remembering a Great Writer on the Date of His Death: Died 23 February 1821 – John Keats, one of the greatest poets to have written in English and author of “To Autumn.”

“To Autumn”
by John Keats

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For summer has o’er-brimm’d their clammy cells.

Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store?
Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find
Thee sitting careless on a granary floor,
Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind;
Or on a half-reap’d furrow sound asleep,
Drows’d with the fume of poppies, while thy hook
Spares the next swath and all its twined flowers:
And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep
Steady thy laden head across a brook;
Or by a cyder-press, with patient look,
Thou watchest the last oozings hours by hours.

Where are the songs of spring? Ay, Where are they?
Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,—
While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day,
And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue;
Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn
Among the river sallows, borne aloft
Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies;
And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn;
Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft
The red-breast whistles from a garden-croft;
And gathering swallows twitter in the skies.

This Date in Art History: Died 23 February 1792 – Joshua Reynolds, an English painter who specialized in portraits.

Below – “Sarah Siddons as the Tragic Muse”; “Portrait of Miss Mary Pelham”; “Elizabeth, Lady Amherst”; “Anne Seymour Damer”; “Admiral Hood.”

Worth a Thousand Words: A photograph of Val Buscagna in Piedmont, Italy, taken by Mauro Tronto.

This Date in Art History: Died 23 February 1976 – L. S. Lowry, an English painter.

Below – “Industrial Landscape”; “Portrait of Ann”; “Man Lying on a Wall”; “Coming From the Mill”; “House on the Moor”; “A Landmark.”

Musings in Winter: Jack London

“And when, on the still cold nights, he pointed his nose at a star and howled long and wolflike, it was his ancestors, dead and dust, pointing nose at star and howling down through the centuries and through him. And his cadences were their cadences, the cadences which voiced their woe and what to them was the meaning of the stillness, and the cold, and dark.”

Contemporary American Art – Stephen Shortridge

In the words of one writer, “Born 1951 in Iowa, Stephen Shortridge grew up in Southern California. Stephen Charles Shortridge is a romantic impressionist who is experiencing much success with his vibrant brush strokes and his hand-enhanced giclees.”

Below – “Streaming Light Yountville Napa”; “Virtue”; “Quiet Morning”; “Starting Positions”; “Day Room”; “Early Morning Murphys California.”

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