Sentient in San Francisco – 2 October 2018

Remembering a Nobel Laureate on the Date of His Death: Died 2 October 1987 – Peter Medawar, a British biologist, author of “Pluto’s Republic and recipient of the 1960 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

Some quotes from the work of Peter Medawar:

“The alternative to thinking in evolutionary terms is not to think at all.”
“The human mind treats a new idea the same way the body treats a strange protein; it rejects it.”
“I cannot give any scientist of any age better advice than this: the intensity of the conviction that a hypothesis is true has no bearing on whether it is true or not.”
“For a scientist must indeed be freely imaginative and yet skeptical, creative and yet a critic. There is a sense in which he must be free, but another in which his thought must be very precisely regimented; there is poetry in science, but also a lot of bookkeeping.”
“The purpose of scientific enquiry is not to compile an inventory of factual information, nor to build up a totalitarian world picture of natural Laws in which every event that is not compulsory is forbidden. We should think of it rather as a logically articulated structure of justifiable beliefs about nature.”

Art for Autumn – Part I of II: Les Mayers (American, contemporary)

Below – “Rio Grande Gorge”; “Clouds over Santa Fe”; “Santa Monica and Marina Del Rey from The Air”


Remembering a Vocalist on the Date of His Birth: Born 2 October1945 – Don McLean, an American singer-songwriter and guitarist.

Art for Autumn – Part II of II: Barbara McCann (American, 1954-2011)

Below – “Morning Light”; “Santorini Still Life”; “Lavender Fields”

For Your Information: The International Day of Non-Violence is observed on 2 October, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi.


This Date in Art History: Died 2 October 1953 – John Marin, an American painter.

Below – “River Scene from Weehawken, New Jersey, 1916”; “Hudson River Valley, 1911”; “Sail Boat and Sea, Maine, 1938”;“Cape Split, 1940”; “Autumn Scene, 1918”; ““Off Deer Isle, Maine, 1928.”


Remembering a Vocalist on the Date of His Death: Died 2 October2017 – Tom Petty, an American singer-songwriter and guitarist.


This Date in Art History: Born 2 October 1949 – Annie Leibovitz, an American photographer.

Below – “Angelina Jolie”; “Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher”;“June Carter and Johnny Cash, Hiltons, Virginia, 2001”; “John Lennon, New York, 1970”; “The Blues Brothers, Hollywood, California , 1979”; “Bruce Springsteen – New York , 1984.”


Worth a Thousand Words: An impact crater in Elysium Planitia on Mars that is about 3 times the size of Arizona’s Meteor Crater.

Contemporary American Art – William Matthews: Part I of II.

In the words of one writer, “William Matthews was born in 1949 in New York City.  He grew up in the Bay Area.  His professional career began in Los Angeles, designing album covers for Warner Bros. and Capitol Records.  He lived in Europe from 1975 to 1980.  Upon his return to Colorado, he ran a graphic design studio until 1990 when he dedicated himself full time to painting.”

Below – “Early Snow”; “Industrial Still Life”; “Open Range”; “Lyrical Steel”; “Bobcat Tales”; “Brood Mare.”


Remembering a Writer on the Date of His Birth: Born 2 October 1879 – Wallace Stevens, an American poet and recipient of both the National Book Award for Poetry and the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.

“The Snow Man”
by Wallace Stevens

One must have a mind of winter
To regard the frost and the boughs
Of the pine-trees crusted with snow;

And have been cold a long time
To behold the junipers shagged with ice,
The spruces rough in the distant glitter

Of the January sun; and not to think
Of any misery in the sound of the wind,
In the sound of a few leaves,

Which is the sound of the land
Full of the same wind
That is blowing in the same bare place
For the listener, who listens in the snow,
And, nothing himself, beholds
Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is.

Contemporary American Art – William Matthews: Part II of II.

In the words of one writer, “He is most well known for his portrayal of the working cowboys from the great ranches of the American west.  The 1994 published monograph, ‘Cowboys & Images: The Watercolors of William Matthews,’ chronicles a decade of the artist’s work devoted to this subject.  In the fall of 2007, Chronicle Books of San Francisco released a second monograph dedicated to the subject matter entitled, ‘William Matthews: Working the West’.”

Below – “Roping Arrangement”; “Cormorants”; “Fresh Water”; “Mongolian Pony”; “Setting Tiles”; “Phantom.”

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