Sentient in Seattle – 29 August 2018

Musings in Summer: Joseph Campbell

“You have to learn to recognize your own depth.”


English Art – Walter Crane (1845-1915): Part I of III.

Walter Crane (15 August 1845 – 14 March 1915) was an English artist and book illustrator.

Below – “Diana and Endymion”; “The Swan Maidens”; “Little Red Riding Hood Meets the Wolf in the Woods”; “The Fate of Persephone”; “The Bridge of Life”; “Britomart.”

For Your Information: 29 August is both National More Herbs, Less Salt Day and National Lemon Juice Day in the United States.


English Art – Walter Crane (1845-1915): Part II of III.

In the words of one writer, “He (Crane) was part of the Arts and Crafts movement and produced an array of paintings, illustrations, children’s books, ceramic tiles and other decorative arts.”

Below – “Almond Blossom and Swallow” (Wallpaper Design); “At Home: A Portrait”; “Love’s’ Altar”; “My Soul Is an Enchanted Boat”; “Neptune’s Horses”; “The Primavera.”

Remembering a Writer on the Date of His Birth: Born 29 August 1929 – Thom Gunn, an English-American poet.

“From the Wave”
by Thom Gunn

It mounts at sea, a concave wall
Down-ribbed with shine,
And pushes forward, building tall
Its steep incline.

Then from their hiding rise to sight
Black shapes on boards
Bearing before the fringe of white
It mottles towards.

Their pale feet curl, they poise their weight
With a learn’d skill.
It is the wave they imitate
Keeps them so still.

The marbling bodies have become
Half wave, half men,
Grafted it seems by feet of foam
Some seconds, then,

Late as they can, they slice the face
In timed procession:
Balance is triumph in this place,
Triumph possession.

The mindless heave of which they rode
A fluid shelf
Breaks as they leave it, falls and, slowed,
Loses itself.

Clear, the sheathed bodies slick as seals
Loosen and tingle;
And by the board the bare foot feels
The suck of shingle.

They paddle in the shallows still;
Two splash each other;
Then all swim out to wait until
The right waves gather.


English Art – Walter Crane (1845-1915): Part III of III.

In the words of one writer, “(Walter Crane) was one of the most popular, most prolific, and most influential illustrators of children’s books. An enthusiastic fan of the Pre-Raphaelite movement, he was a close friend of William Morris, a key member of the Arts and Crafts movement, and an overt and active Socialist.”

Below – “Red House, Bexleyheath”; “Summer”; “The Triumph of Spring”; “Woman in Kimono”; “Illustration for Little Bo Peep”; “Race of Hero Spirits Pass.”

For Your Information: 29 August is National Chop Suey Day in the United States.

Below – Chop Suey; Edward Hopper: “Chop Suey.”


This Date in Art History: Died 29 August 2003 – Patrick Procktor, an English painter: Part I of II.

Below – “Still Life with Cat”; “Riva II”; “Corfu”; “Sick Child”; “London”; “Aerial View of Marylebone Gardens.”

Worth a Thousand Words: Isuien Garden, Nara, Japan.

This Date in Art History: Died 29 August 2003 – Patrick Procktor, an English painter: Part II of II.

Below – “Portugal”; “Crystal Palace”; “Baker Street”; “Three Figures in Moonlight”; “Katsura Kyoto”; “Juliet.”


Musings in Summer: Vincent van Gogh

“Everyone who works with love and with intelligence finds in the very sincerity of his love for nature and art a kind of armor against the opinions of other people.”

Below – Vincent van Gogh: “Wheat Field with Cypresses”

This Date in Art History: Died 29 August 2000 – Conrad Marca-Relli, an American painter.

Below – “J-S-22-57”; Untitled; “S1-62”; Untitled #19; Untitled; Untitled.

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