Sentient in San Francisco – 26 February 2019

This Date in Art History: Born 26 February 1808 – Honore Daumier, a French painter, illustrator, and sculptor.

Below – “Art Lovers”; “A Game of Checkers”; “The Bathers”; “The Night Walkers”; “The Serenade”; “Workmen on the Street.”

Musings in Winter: Roberto Assagioli

“There is no certainty; there is only adventure.”

Contemporary American Art – Mark Hunter: Part I of II.

Below – “Rafting the Colorado River, Grand Canyon”; “From the Garden”; “Water Lilies”; “Mother’s Roses”; “The Golden Hour”; “First Snowfall.”

This Date in Literary History: Born 26 February 1913 – George Barker, an English poet.

“ O Child Beside The Waterfall”
by George Barker

O Child beside the Waterfall
what songs without a word
rise from those waters like the call
only a heart has heard-
the Joy, the Joy in all things
rise whistling like a bird.

O Child beside the Waterfall
I hear them too, the brief
heavenly notes, the harp of dawn,
the nightingale on the leaf,
all, all dispel the darkness and
the silence of our grief.

O Child beside the Waterfall
I see you standing there
with waterdrops and fireflies
and hummingbirds in the air,
all singing praise of paradise,
paradise everywhere.

Below – 19th Century Japanese Woodcut: “Woman and Child Walking in Landscape with Waterfall”

Contemporary American Art – Mark Hunter: Part II of II.

Below – “Waltham Home at Presby Gardens”; “Beyond the Bridge”; “Delaware River at Easton”; “Sailor’s Delight”; “Elegante”; “Late Afternoon Light.”

Remembering an Important Performer on the Date of His Death: Died 26 February 1994 – Bill Hicks, an American stand-up comedian, social critic, satirist, and musician.

Some quotes from the work of Bill Hicks:

“This is where we are at right now, as a whole. No one is left out of the loop. We are experiencing a reality based on a thin veneer of lies and illusions. A world where greed is our God and wisdom is sin, where division is key and unity is fantasy, where the ego-driven cleverness of the mind is praised, rather than the intelligence of the heart.”
“If you want to understand a society, take a good look at the drugs it uses. And what can this tell you about American culture? Well, look at the drugs we use. Except for pharmaceutical poison, there are essentially only two drugs that Western civilization tolerates: Caffeine from Monday to Friday to energize you enough to make you a productive member of society, and alcohol from Friday to Monday to keep you too stupid to figure out the prison that you are living in.”
“Today a young man on acid realized that all matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration, that we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively, there is no such thing as death, life is only a dream, and we are the imagination of ourselves. Here’s Tom with the Weather.”
“I am a misanthropic humanist… Do I like people? They’re great, IN THEORY.”
“The world is like a ride in an amusement park. And when you choose to go on it you think it’s real because that’s how powerful our minds are. And the ride goes up and down and round and round. It has thrills and chills and it’s very brightly colored and it’s very loud and it’s fun, for a while. Some people have been on the ride for a long time and they begin to question: ‘Is this real, or is this just a ride?’ And other people have remembered, and they come back to us, they say, ‘Hey, don’t worry, don’t be afraid, ever, because this is just a ride.’ And we kill those people.”
“It’s all about money, not freedom. If you think you’re free, try going somewhere without money, okay?”
“I do not believe making money in order to consume goods is
mankind’s sole purpose on this planet. If you’re wondering what I believe our purpose on this planet is, I’ll give you a hint… it has to do with creating and sharing.”
“And on the seventh day, god stepped back and said and said, ‘This is my creation, perfect in every way… oh, dammit I left all this pot all over the place. Now they’ll think I want them to smoke it… Now I have to create Republicans.’”
“There is a 3rd point of view on the gun control issue – those who I refer to as THE VICTIMS – but they remain strangely silent.”
“Children are smarter than any of us. Know how I know that? I don’t know one child with a full time job and children.”
“It has become more and more obvious that there is one political party in America, and that is The Business Party.”
“If you are living for tomorrow, you will always be one day behind.”
“No one can give you any answers. There aren’t any. You have to discover for yourself – you must learn to navigate the mystery.”

Contemporary Spanish Art – Nora Bilderwelten

Below – “Light of Your Soul”; “Abstract Arguments”; “Deception”; “Listen when someone else is talking”; “Sense of Wonder and Mystery”; “Hurt Soul.”

A Poem for Today

by Billy Collins

A little heat in the iron radiator,
the dog breathing at the foot of the bed,

and the windows shut tight,
encrusted with hexagons of frost.

I can barely hear the geese
complaining in the vast sky,

flying over the living and the dead,
schools and prisons, and the whitened fields.

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