Sentient in San Francisco – 22 September 2018

Musings at the End of Summer: Dodie Smith

“Why is summer mist romantic and autumn mist just sad?”

Below – Diana Tripp: “Summer Mist”

Contemporary Spanish Art – Felix Mas: Part I of II.

In the words of one writer, “He was born in Barcelona and trained at the “Artes y Oficios” and later at the “Escuela Superior de San Jorge”. Felix Mas artistic education was further developed by extensive travelling in Europe and the United States, before returning to his home town, Barcelona to work as an illustrator and designer.”

Below – “Sirena”; “Spring”; “Winter”; “Suenos II”; “Caballito de Mar”; “Leda.”


A Poem for the End of Summer 2018

“Farewell to Summer”
by George Arnold

Summer is fading; the broad leaves that grew
So freshly green, when June was young, are falling;
And, all the whisper-haunted forest through,
The restless birds in saddened tones are calling,
From rustling hazel copse and tangled dell,
“Farewell, sweet Summer,
Fragrant, fruity Summer,
Sweet, farewell!”

Upon the windy hills, in many a field,
The honey-bees hum slow, above the clover,
Gleaning the latest sweets its blooms may yield,
And, knowing that their harvest-time is over,
Sing, half a lullaby and half a knell,
“Farewell, sweet Summer,
Honey-laden Summer,
Sweet, farewell!”

The little brook that babbles mid the ferns,
O’er twisted roots and sandy shallows playing,
Seems fain to linger in its eddied turns,
And with a plaintive, purling voice is saying
(Sadder and sweeter than my song can tell),
“Farewell, sweet Summer,
Warm and dreamy Summer,
Sweet, farewell!”

The fitful breeze sweeps down the winding lane
With gold and crimson leaves before it flying;
Its gusty laughter has no sound of pain,
But in the lulls it sinks to gentle sighing,
And mourns the Summer’s early broken spell,—
“Farewell, sweet Summer,
Rosy, blooming Summer,
Sweet, farewell!”

So bird and bee and brook and breeze make moan,
With melancholy song their loss complaining.
I too must join them, as I walk alone
Among the sights and sounds of Summer’s waning.…
I too have loved the season passing well.…
So, farewell, Summer,
Fair but faded Summer,
Sweet, farewell!

Below – Edward Mareca: “Farewell Summer”


Contemporary Spanish Art – Felix Mas: Part II of II.

In the words of one writer, “Mas continued exhibiting in Spain until 1974 when following a visit to Venezuela on the occasion of his first one-man show, he decided to settle in Caracas where he lived for six years. During this period he took advantage of his proximity to North America to further his career and ultimately became represented by several galleries throughout the United States and his work was regularly exhibited at highly respected art events and fairs in New York, Los Angels and Chicago.”

Below – “Jewel Egypt III”; “Harmony”; Untitled Reclining Nude; “La Dama De Las Mariposas”; “Musa”; “Four Seasons.”


Worth a Thousand Words: Jonny Andvik: “End of Summer”


This Date in Art History: Born 22 September 1909 – John Engstead, an American photographer.

Below – “Lauren Bacall”; “Marlon Brando”; “Marlene Dietrich”; “Judy Garland”; “Joan Crawford.”

Musings at the End of Summer: Lao Tzu

“New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.”

Below – Gill Bustamante: “A New Beginning”

This Date in Art History: Born 22 September 1891 – Alma Thomas, an American painter.

Below – “Still Life with Bottles”; “Sign of Spring”; “Apollo 12 Splash Down”; “Breeze Rustling Through Fall Flowers”; “End of Autumn”; Untitled.

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