Sentient in San Francisco – 30 November 2018

This Date in Art History: Died 30 November 1979 – Laura Gilpin, an American photographer.

Below – “Young Navajo mother and her child”; “Ranchos de Taos Church”; “Sunset, Mesa Verde”; “Sunrise over the Desert: Shiprock from Lukachukai Mountains, Arizona”; “Pueblo Indian Baking Bread”; “Georgia O’Keeffe, 1974.”

Remembering a Writer on the Date of Her Birth: Born 30 November 1874 – Lucy Maud Montgomery, an English-Canadian author and poet.

Some quotes from the work of Lucy Maud Montgomery:

“Some people go through life trying to find out what the world holds for them only to find out too late that it’s what they bring to the world that really counts.”
“We should regret our mistakes and learn from them, but never carry them forward into the future with us.”
“You never know what peace is until you walk on the shores or in the fields or along the winding red roads of Prince Edward Island in a summer twilight when the dew is falling and the old stars are peeping
out and the sea keeps its mighty tryst with the little land it loves. You find your soul then. You realize that youth is not a vanished thing but something that dwells forever in the heart.”
“The woods are never solitary — they are full of whispering, beckoning, friendly life. But the sea is a mighty soul, forever moaning of some great, unshareable sorrow, which shuts it up into itself for all eternity. We can never pierce its infinite mystery — we may only wander, awed and spellbound, on the outer fringe of it. The woods call to us with a hundred voices, but the sea has one only — a mighty voice.”
“Nothing is ever really lost to us as long as we remember it.”
“Nobody is ever too old to dream. And dreams never grow old.”
“There is so much in the world for us all if we only have the eyes to see it, and the heart to love it, and the hand to gather it to ourselves–so much in men and women, so much in art and literature, so much everywhere in which to delight, and for which to be thankful.”

This Date in Art History: Born 30 November 1825 – William-Adolphe Bouguereau, a French painter.

Below – “Sewing”; “Bacchante”; “The Wave”; “The Young Shepherdess”; “Nymphs and Satyr”; “The Birth of Venus.”

A Poem for Today

“The Vanity of the Dragonfly”
by Nancy Willard

The dragonfly at rest on the doorbell—
too weak to ring and glad of it,
but well mannered and cautious,
thinking it best to observe us quietly
before flying in, and who knows if he will find
the way out? Cautious of traps, this one.
A winged cross, plain, the body straight
as a thermometer, the old glass kind
that could kill us with mercury if our teeth
did not respect its brittle body. Slim as an eel
but a solitary glider, a pilot without bombs
or weapons, and wings clear and small as a wish
to see over our heads, to see the whole picture.
And when our gaze grazes over it and moves on,
the dragonfly changes its clothes,
sheds its old skin, shriveled like laundry,
and steps forth, polished black, with two
circles buttoned like epaulettes taking the last space
at the edge of its eyes.

Below – Michael Vigliotti: “Dragonfly”

Contemporary Venezuelan Art – Renata Fernandez

Below – “Blue No 3”; “Deck Chairs Series No9”; “NL-10”; “ATC 25”; “HP Series Hanging Fern”; “NL Alien No1.”

Remembering a Writer on the Date of His Birth: Born 30 November 1835 – Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens), an American novelist, humorist, and critic.

Some quotes from the work of Mark Twain:

“Politicians and diapers must be changed often, and for the same reason.”
“Give every day the chance to become the most beautiful day of your life.”
“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”
“Never allow someone to be your priority while allowing yourself to be their option.”
“The more I learn about people, the more I like my dog.”
“Never miss an opportunity to shut up.”
If we were meant to talk more than listen, we would have two mouths and one ear.”
“Concerning the difference between man and the jackass: some observers hold that there isn’t any. But this wrongs the jackass.”
“Always obey your parents when they are present.”
“Familiarity breeds contempt—and children.”
“The trouble with the world is not that people know too little; it’s that they know so many things that just aren’t so.”

Contemporary Turkish Art – Gorkem Dikel

Below – “Atlas Mountains 03”; “Arizona Surrounded/Candle Highlands”; “Euforia”; “Shopping As A Favourite Pastime”; “Women in the Monet’s Lake”; “Octopus: Wrapping Arms of the Past.”

A Poem for Today

“Midnight Snow”
by James Crews

Outside in the creek that feeds the lake
and never freezes, an otter slaps the water
with his paw to feel the current’s pulse—
‘Slip in, lie back. Slip in, lie back.’ He shuts
his eyes and obeys, knowing the layers
of hair and underfur will warm him while
he floats on a faith we wish could carry us.

The sound of his splashing fades, but not
his joy in being pushed, light as driftwood,
back to the mouth of the den I have seen
carved out beneath the roots of a fallen fir
now packed with snow and lined with leaves
that promise his sleep will be deep.

Because no dreams wait softly for me,
I open the woodstove and strike a match,
hold the bloom of the flame to kindling
that catches quick as my wish: To be that
slick body sliding into the lake that holds
the moon, bright portal to glide through
without so much as a shiver, no doubt
about where I’m going, how to get there.

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