Sentient in San Francisco – 27 November 2018

Contemporary Ukrainian Art – Anastasiia Grygorieva

Below – “Seascape. To the Pier!”; “Landscape. Sunset in Maratea, Italy”; Seascape. Dawn in Budva”; “Lilac night”; “Kiev. Street intersection.”

A Poem for Today

“Returning”
by Tami Haaland

When I open the door
and reach to the light switch
the world opens as it did each time.

The garlic jar on the ledge,
the ceramic cup holding
cheese cutters and paring knives.

Outside a branch
from the ash tree
worries the window.

It was a place where I knew
the drawer pulls, the feel of steps
to the basement, the smell of cool cement.

If I open the middle cabinet,
the linen is there as you left it,
well-ordered, none of it fine.

This Date in Art History: Born 27 November 1859 – William Bliss Baker, an American painter.

Below – “Fallen Monarchs”; “Deep in the woods”; “River View”; “A Quiet Pond”; “Quiet Winter Afternoon.”

Musings in Autumn: Tao Yuan Ming

“I built my cottage among the habitations of men,
And yet there is no clamor of carriages and horses.
You ask: ‘Sir, how can this be done?
‘A heart that is distant creates its own solitude.’
I pluck chrysanthemums under the eastern hedge,
Then gaze afar towards the southern hills.
The mountain air is fresh at the dusk of day;
The flying birds in flocks return.
In these things there lies a deep meaning;
I want to tell it, but have forgotten the words.”

This Date in Art History: Born 27 November 1853 – Frank Dicksee, an English painter and illustrator.

Below – “The Mirror”; “Cleopatra”; “Portrait of Elsa”; “Passion”; “Stella”; “The Sensitive Plant.”

A Poem for Today

“Final Shirt”
by Marge Saiser

After my father died, my mother
and my sisters picked the shirt, the tie;
he had just the one suit.
I left them to it, I didn’t
want to choose, I loved him
all those years. They took a shirt
from the closet, I don’t remember
which one, I’m sure he had worn it
to church and hung it up again.
They held a tie against the cloth
of the shirt. They decided, finally.
It’s like that. Things come down
to the pale blue or the white,
or some other. Someone buttoned it
over him, those buttons he had unbuttoned.

Contemporary German Art – Tania Vetter

Below – “End of Summer II”; “Gone Astray VI”; “Into the Wild”; “Between Winter and Spring”; “Unknown Place”; “Nighttime II.”

Musings in Autumn: Lamar Blanchard

“Pleasures lie thickest where no pleasures seem:
There’s not a leaf that falls upon the ground
But holds some joy of silence or of sound,
Some spirits begotten of a summer dream.”

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