Beleaguered in Bothell – 15 March 2018

Happy Ides of March

Below – Jean-Leon. Gerome: “The Death of Caesar”

Art for Winter – Part I of III: George Tarallo (Uruguayan, contemporary)

Below – “Summertime”; Untitled Horseback Riders; “Cowboy in the Valley”

A Poem for Today

“On Looking for Models”
by Alan Dugan

The trees in time
have something else to do
besides their treeing. What is it.
I’m a starving to death
man myself, and thirsty, thirsty
by their fountains but I cannot drink
their mud and sunlight to be whole.
I do not understand these presences
that drink for months
in the dirt, eat light,
and then fast dry in the cold.
They stand it out somehow,
and how, the Botanists will tell me.
It is the “something else” that bothers
me, so I often go back to the forests.


Art for Winter – Part II of III: Itzchak Tarkay (Israeli, 1935-2012)

Below – “Country Luncheon”; “Lady Jane in Blue Flowers”; “La Fiancee” (bronze sculpture)

Remembering an Influential Writer on the Date of His Death: Died 15 March 1937 – H. P. Lovecraft, an American author who wrote some of the greatest works of horror fiction, including “The Call of Cthulhu.”

Some quotes from the work of H. P. Lovecraft:

“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown”
“The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of the infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far.”
“I know always that I am an outsider; a stranger in this century and among those who are still men.”
“Contrary to what you may assume, I am not a pessimist but an indifferentist- that is, I don’t make the mistake of thinking that the… cosmos… gives a damn one way or the other about the especial wants and ultimate welfare of mosquitoes, rats, lice, dogs, men, horses, pterodactyls, trees, fungi, dodos, or other forms of biological energy.”
“Pleasure to me is wonder—the unexplored, the unexpected, the thing that is hidden and the changeless thing that lurks behind superficial mutability. To trace the remote in the immediate; the eternal in the ephemeral; the past in the present; the infinite in the finite; these are to me the springs of delight and beauty.”

Art for Winter – Part III of III: Dale Terbush (American, contemporary)

Below – “From the Shadows to Light”; “A View into My World”; “When the Night Weaves Its Magic”

Worth a Thousand Words: Emerald Lake, Whitehorse, Yukon.


Date in Art History: Died 15 March 2015 – Robert Clatworthy, a. British sculptor.

Below (all bronze) – “Bull”; “Horse and Rider”; “Cat 1”; “Seated Figure”; “Dog.”

Musings in Winter: Sara Teasdale

“I make the most of all that comes and the least of all that goes.”

Contemporary American Art – Glen Tarnowski

In the words of one writer, “From a childhood immersed in the beauty of nature, a youth surrounded by the classical sense of Renaissance-era European art and architecture, and a lifetime devoted to art as the highest form of expression, artist Glen Tarnowski brings stunning vitality, depth and emotion to his still-life paintings.”

Below – “Defining Moment”; “Birth of a Dream”; “Controlled Chaos”; “Advance III”; “Over Easy”: “Stepping into Possibilities.”


“Hardest of all on mortal man is traveling.” – Homer
Friends: The great poet is likely correct, but I would suggest that close behind traveling in degree of hardship is changing residences frequently. I am about to move to a new place for the third time in eighteen months, and having four homes in such a short period of time has proven to be physically and emotionally draining. While it is true that having novel experiences in unfamiliar settings can expand both inner and outer horizons, even the most intrepidly adventurous mariner must sometimes yearn for the comforting sight of his homeland’s shore. In any event, I will not be posting for an extended period of time, and I hope that everyone enjoys the arrival of Spring.

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