Sentient in Seattle – 27 March 2018

Remembering a Writer on the Date of Her Death: Died 27 March 2012 – Adrienne Rich, an American poet, essayist, and feminist.

“In the Evening”
by Adrienne Rich

Three hours chain-smoking words
and you move on. We stand in the porch,
two archaic figures: a woman and a man.

The old masters, the old sources,
haven’t a clue what we’re about,
shivering here in the half-dark sixties.

Our minds hover in a famous impasse
and cling together. Your hand
grips mine like a railing on an icy night.

The wall of the house is bleeding. Firethorn!
The moon, cracked every which-way.
pushes steadily on.

Art for Spring – Part I of II: David Unger (American, contemporary)

Below (all bronze) – “Seduction of the Heart”; “When Dreams Have No End”; “Joy of Life”


Musings in Spring: Harlen Ellison

“You are not entitled to your opinion. You are entitled to your informed opinion. No one is entitled to be ignorant.”


Art for Spring – Part II of II: Loet Vanderveen (American, 1921-2015)

Below (all bronze) – “Sitting Cheetah”; “Nyala”; “Lioness”

Remembering a Writer on the Date of His Birth: Born 27 March 1926 – Frank O’Hara, an American poet, writer, and art critic.

“Animals”
by Frank O’Hara

Have you forgotten what we were like then
when we were still first rate
and the day came fat with an apple in its mouth

it’s no use worrying about Time
but we did have a few tricks up our sleeves
and turned some sharp corners

the whole pasture looked like our meal
we didn’t need speedometers
we could manage cocktails out of ice and water

I wouldn’t want to be faster
or greener than now if you were with me O you
were the best of all my days

This Date in Art History: Born 27 March 1875 – Albert. Marquet, a French painter.

Below – “Port of Marseilles”; “The Beach at Sainte-Adresse”; “Boigneville”; “Bouquet of Flowers”; “River Scene”; “La femme blonde.”

Worth a Thousand Words: Omaha Beach, Normandy, France, as it appears today.

This Date in Art History: Born 27 March 1879 – Edward Steichen, an American photographer and painter.

Below – “The Flatirons – Evening”; “Greta Garbo, Hollywood, 1928”; “Shirley Temple, 1938”; “isadora Duncan at the Columns of the Parthenon”; “Three Pears and an Apple”; “White Lotus.”

Remembering a Writer on the Date of His Death: Died 27 March 1989 – Malcolm Cowley, an American poet, novelist, and literary critic.

“The Long Voyage”
by Malcolm Cowley

Not that the pines were darker there,
nor mid-May dogwood brighter there,
nor swifts more swift in summer air;
it was my own country,

having its thunderclap of spring,
its long midsummer ripening,
its corn hoar-stiff at harvesting,
almost like any country,

yet being mine; its face, its speech,
its hills bent low within my reach,
its river birch and upland beech
were mine, of my own country,

Now the dark waters at the bow
fold back, like earth against the plow;
foam brightens like the dogwood now
at home, in my own country.

Contemporary American Art – Rosemary Vasquez Tuthill

In the words of one writer, “Born in Orange, California, Rosemary Vasquez Tuthill is the daughter of renowned painter Emigdio Vasquez. Rosemary grew up in the company of artists, art shows, exhibits, and events. She served as painter’s model, assistant, and coordinator. Rosemary was drawing with pencil and pastels since she was in kindergarten; and she worked with a range of media from watercolors to clay sculpture to airbrush as well as oils. However, she left her art career aspirations for work in aerospace to become an R&D test engineer. In her professional career, she utilized her art skills to create drawings to communicate ideas to fabricate test equipment; and she produced various artworks for company events using acrylics. She painted a mural in her home in 1993 and then she took a 15-year hiatus from art. As an adult, Rosemary once again helped her father by taking a more active role coordinating his works for displays, venues, and sales. Her active involvement in creating art started up again when she produced four six-foot-by-ten-foot murals for her wedding reception as backdrops in 2008. Encouraged by her achievement in her murals, she decided to start painting again with oils. Emigdio agreed to provide artist’s insights to assist Rosemary’s re-emergence into oil painting which resulted in displaying her art alongside her father’s in gallery shows. With a long-time interest in photography, she photo-captured landscapes and still life studies; and she made a few selections to re-ignite her oil painting endeavors. To date, Rosemary has painted a landscape from Capri, Italy, aquatic scenes, portraits, and many still life oils.”

Below – “Gondolas at Dusk”; “Violet Orchids”; “Crest”; “Honu”; “Mother-in-Law’s-Tongue”; “Fashion Island Koi Pond.”

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