Sentient in Seattle – 24 March 2018

Musings in Spring: H.G. Wells

“We all have our time machines, don’t we. Those that take us back are memories…And those that carry us forward, are dreams,”

Below – Mila Moroko: “Memories and Dreams”

Art for Spring – Part i of II: Howard Terpning (American, contemporary)

Below – “Healing Powers of the Raven Bundle”; “Sioux Flag Carrier”; “Moving Day on the Flathead”

Worth a Thousand Words: Mammoth Cave, Kentucky.

Art for Spring – Part II of II: Wayne Thiebaud (American, contemporary)

Below – “Paint Cans”; “Sea Thing”; “Candy Counter”

Musings in Spring; Madeleine L’Engle

“Our truest response to the irrationality of the world is to paint or sing or write, for only in such response do we find truth.”

Below – Jan Esmann: “Singing woman at a rocky coast”

This Date in Art History: Died 24 March 1948 – Sigrid Hjerten, a Swedish painter and illustrator.

Below – “Beach”; “Interior”; “The Violet Hat”; “Red Interior”; “Flowers in the Window”; “The Blue Ship.”

A Poem for Today:

“A Mermaid Questions God”
by Kelli Russell Agodon

As a girl, she hated the grain of anything
on her fins. Now she is part fire ant, part centipede.
Where dunes stretch into pathways, arteries appear.
Her blood pressure is temperature plus wind speed.

Where religion is a thousand miles of coastline,
she is familiar with moon size, with tide changes.
She wears the cream of waves like a vestment,
knows undertow is imaginary, not something to pray to.

Now her questions involve fairytales, begin
in a garden and lead to hands painted on a chapel’s ceiling.
She wants to hold the ribbon grass, the shadow of angels
across the shore. She steals a Bible from the Seashore Inn;

she will trust it only if it floats.

Below – John William Waterhouse: “A Mermaid”

This Date in Art History: Born 24 March 1862 – Frank Weston Benson, an American painter and educator.

Below – “After the Storm”; “In Summer”; “Portrait of My Wife”; “Moonlight on the Waters”; “Red and Gold”; “Evening Light.”

Musings in Spring: Cormac McCarthy

“Between the wish and the thing the world lies waiting.”

This Date in Art History: Born 24 March 1886 – Edward Weston, an American photographer.

Below – “Point Lobos”; “Dunes, Oceano”; “Cloud, the Panamints, Death Valley”; “Pepper No. 30”; “Portrait of Tina Modotti”; “Nude (Charis in Doorway, Santa Monica).”

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