Sentient in Seattle – 30 June 2018

“Youth is happy because it has the capacity to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.”

Art for Summer – Part I of III: Joichi Hoshi (Japanese, 1911-1979)

Below – “Scorpion, The Milky Way”; “Evening Tree (Red)”; “Japanese Letters”; “Akebono (Dawn)”

Remembering a Writer on the Date of Her Birth: Born 30 June 1920 – Eleanor Ross Taylor, an American poet.

“Disappearing Act”
by Eleanor Ross Taylor

No, soul doesn’t leave the body.
My body is leaving my soul.
Tired of turning fried chicken and
coffee to muscle and excrement,
tried of secreting tears, wiping them,
tired of opening eyes on another day,
tired especially of that fleshy heart,
pumping, pumping. More,
that brain spinning nightmares.
Body prepares:
disconnect, unplug, erase.

But here, I think, a smallish altercation
Soul seems to shake its fist.
Wants brain? Claims dreams and nightmares?
Maintains a codicil bequeathes it shares?

There’ll be a fight. A deadly struggle.
We know, of course, who’ll win. . . .

But who’s this, watching?

Art for Summer – Part II of III: David Hostetler (American, 1926-2015)

Below (all bronze) – “Ikon”; “Duo”; “Asherah Tree Goddess”; “Woman in Long Gown”

For your information: 30 June is International Asteroid Day. In the words of one writer, it is an annual global event which is held on the anniversary of the Siberian Tunguska event that took place on June 30, 1908, the most harmful known asteroid-related event on Earth in recent history. The United Nations has proclaimed it be observed globally on June 30 every year in its resolution. Asteroid Day aims to raise awareness about asteroids and what can be done to protect the Earth, its families, communities, and future generations from a catastrophic event.”
In the words of another writer, “The explosion over the sparsely populated Eastern Siberian Taiga flattened 2,000 square kilometres (770 square miles) of forest, yet caused no known human casualties. The explosion is generally attributed to the air burst of a meteoroid. It is classified as an impact event, even though no impact crater has been found; the object is thought to have disintegrated at an altitude of 5 to 10 kilometres (3 to 6 miles) rather than to have hit the surface of the Earth.”

Below – The aftermath of the Tunguska event; the site of the Tunguska event today.

Art for Summer – Part III of III: Kenneth Callahan (American, 1905-1986)

Below – “Casual Wave”; “Challenge”; “Sea Panel”; “Perry Creek. in January”

Remembering a Writer on the Date of Her Death: Died 30 June 1973 – Nancy Mitford, an English novelist, biographer, and journalist remembered for her refreshingly sharp wit.

Some quotes from the work of Nancy Mitford:

“I love children, especially when they cry, for then someone takes them away.”
“If I had a girl I should say to her, ‘Marry for love if you can, it won’t last, but it is a very interesting experience and makes a good beginning in life. Later on, when you marry for money, for heaven’s sake let it be big money. There are no other possible reasons for marrying at all.”
“Life is sometimes sad and often dull, but there are currants in the cake, and here is one of them.”
“To fall in love you have to be in the state of mind for it to take, like a disease.”
“I am sometimes bored by people, but never by life.”
“It’s a funny thing that people are always quite ready to admit it if they’ve no talent for drawing or music, whereas everyone imagines that they themselves are capable of true love, which is a talent like any other, only far more rare.”
“I have only ever read one book in my life, and that is ‘White Fang.’ It’s so frightfully good I’ve never bothered to read another.”
“Sun, silence, and happiness.”

This Date in Art History: Died June 30 1917 – Antonio de La Gandara, a French painter and illustrator.

Below – “Madame Pierre Gautreau”; “Portrait de Madame Gravier en robe de satin bleu et dentelle”; “Portrait of a lady in a black satin dress with her son”; “Portrait de Rudolph Sales”; “Portrait de femme”; “Le repos du modele.”

Worth a Thousand Words: The ruins of Pompeii with Mount Vesuvius in the background.

This Date in Art History: Born 30 June 1891 – Stanley Spencer, an English Painter.

Below – “Swan Upping at Cookham”; “Travoys Arriving with Wounded at a Dressing Station at Smol, Macedonia, September 1916”; “A View of the Thames from Cockmarsh Hill, Cookham, 1935”; “Cottages at Burghciere”; “Self-Portrait” (1914);“Self Portrait” (1959 – the year of Spencer’s death).

Remembering a Nobel Laureate on the Date of His Birth: Born 30 June 1911 – Czeslaw Milosz, a Polish novelist, poet, translator, essayist, and recipient of the 1980 Nobel Prize in Literature

Some quotes from the work of Czeslaw Milosz:

“The living owe it to those who no longer can speak to tell their story for them.”
“The purpose of poetry is to remind us how difficult it is to remain just one person, for our house is open, there are no keys in the doors, and invisible guests come in and out at will.”
“The soul exceeds its circumstances.”
“Language is the only homeland.”
“Of all things broken and lost, porcelain troubles me most.”
“Yet falling in love is not the same as being able to love.”
“It is sweet to think I was a companion in an expedition that never ends.”
“You see how I try
To reach with words
What matters most
And how I fail.”

Died 30 June 1908 – Thomas Hill, an American painter.

Below – “Indian by a lake in a majestic California landscape”; “Mount Lafayette in Winter”; “Great Canyon of the Sierra, Yosemite”; “The Last Spike”; “Davidson Glacier”; “Muir Glacier, Alaska.”

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