Sentient in San Francisco – 15 May 2019

This Date in Art History: Died 15 May 1967 – Edward Hopper, an American painter: Part I of II.

Below – “Nighthawks”; “Automat”; “New York Movie”; “Rooms for Tourists”; “Gas”; “Summer Interior.”

Musings in Spring: Sandy Gingras

“At the beach, life is different. Time doesn’t move hour to hour but mood to moment. We live by the currents, plan by the tides, and follow the sun.”

This Date in Art History: Died 15 May 1967 – Edward Hopper, an American painter: Part II of II.

Below – “Summertime”; “Four Lane Road”; “Cape Cod Evening”; “Office at Night”; “Chop Suey”; “Western Motel.”

A Poem for Today

“Rental Tux”
by Bill Trowbridge

It chafed like some new skin we’d grown,
or feathers, the cummerbund and starched collar
pinching us to show how real this transformation
into princes was, how powerful we’d grown
by getting drivers’ licenses, how tall and total
our new perspective, above that rusty keyhole
parents squinted through. We’d found the key:
that nothing really counts except a romance
bright as Technicolor, wide as Cinerama,
and this could be the night. No lie.

This Date in Art History: Died 15 May 1956 – Austin Osman Spare, an English painter.

Below – “Visualization Steps Out”; “Ann Driver”; “Night Fantasia”; “Portrait of a woman with red hair, ‘Coquette’”; “Introvert and Extrovert”; “Miss Alexis Smith (Hollywood 1943).”

This Date in Literary History: Died 15 May 1886 – Emily Dickinson, an American poet and author.

“Because I could not stop for Death”
by Emily Dickinson

Because I could not stop for Death –
He kindly stopped for me –
The Carriage held but just Ourselves –
And Immortality.

We slowly drove – He knew no haste
And I had put away
My labor and my leisure too,
For His Civility –

We passed the School, where Children strove
At Recess – in the Ring –
We passed the Fields of Gazing Grain –
We passed the Setting Sun –

Or rather – He passed us –
The Dews drew quivering and chill –
For only Gossamer, my Gown –
My Tippet – only Tulle –

We paused before a House that seemed
A Swelling of the Ground –
The Roof was scarcely visible –
The Cornice – in the Ground –

Since then – ‘tis Centuries – and yet
Feels shorter than the Day
I first surmised the Horses’ Heads
Were toward Eternity –

Contemporary British Art – Andy Shaw

Below – “Death Valley, California”; “L.A. Twilight Zone”; “Grand Canyon, Arizona”; “Tricks – L.A. Skateboarder”; “Modern Home, California.”

This Date in Literary History: Born 15 May 1890 – Katherine Anne Porter, an American short story writer, novelist, essayist, and recipient of the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize.

Some quotes from the work of Katherine Anne Porter:

“The past is never where you think you left it.”
“If we say I love you, it may be received with doubt, for there are times when it is hard to believe. Say I hate you, and the one spoken to believes it instantly, once for all. … Love must be learned, and learned again and again; there is no end to it. Hate needs no instruction, but waits only to be provoked.”
“Perhaps the habit which distinguishes civilized people from others is that of discussion, exchange of opinion and ideas, the ability to differ without quarrelling, to say what you have to say civilly and then to listen civilly to another speaker.”
“All life worth living is difficult, nobody promised us happiness; it is not a commodity you have earned, or shall ever earn. It is a by-product of brave living, and it never comes in the form we expect, or at the season we hoped for, or as the result of our planning for it.
“What we need now is endless courage.”
“Civilization, let me tell you what it is. First the soldier, then the merchant, then the priest, then the lawyer. The merchant hires the soldier and priest to conquer the country for him. First the soldier, he is a murderer; then the priest, he is a liar; then the merchant, he is a thief; and they all bring in the lawyer to make their laws and defend their deeds, and there you have your civilization!”
“I will never again attempt to tell any young person what to do – the really gifted don’t need advice and the others can’t take it.”
“The thing is not to follow a pattern. Follow your own pattern of feeling and thought. The thing is to accept your own life and not try to live someone else’s life. Look, the thumbprint is not like any other, and the thumbprint is what you must go by.”
“Trust your happiness and the richness of your life at this moment. It is as true and as much yours as anything else that ever happened to you.”

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