Sentient in San Francisco – 5 June 2019

This Date in Art History: Died 5 June 1930 – Jules Pascin, a Bulgarian-French painter and illustrator: Part I of II.

Below – “Claudine Resting”; “Lady Wearing a Turban”; “Portrait of Mimi Laurent”; “Hermine in Bed”; “Portrait of Lucy Krohg”; “Little American Girls.”


This Date in Literary History: Died 5 June 1900 – Stephen Crane, an American poet, novelist, short story writer, and author of “The Red Badge of Courage” and “The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky.”

Some quotes from the work of Stephen Crane:

“A man said to the universe: ‘Sir, I exist!’ ‘However,’ replied the universe. ‘The fact has not created in me A sense of obligation.’
“Sometimes, the most profound of awakenings come wrapped in the quietest of moments.”
“These stupid peasants, who, throughout the world, hold potentates on their thrones, make statesmen illustrious, provide generals with lasting victories, all with ignorance, indifference, or half-witted hatred, moving the world with the strength of their arms, and getting their heads knocked together in the name of God, the king, or the stock exchange-immortal, dreaming, hopeless asses, who surrender their reason to the care of a shining puppet, and persuade some toy to carry their lives in his purse.”
“Half of tradition is a lie.”


This Date in Art History: Died 5 June 1930 – Jules Pascin, a Bulgarian-French painter and illustrator: Part II of II.

Below – “The Turkish Family”; “The Circus”; “Siesta”; “Young Woman Putting on Her Socks”; “Printemps”; “Seated Nude with Black Stockings.”

This Date in Literary History: Died 5 June 2008 – Frederick Franck, a Dutch-American painter and author of “The Zen of Seeing: Seeing/Drawing as Meditation.”

Some quotes from the work of Frederick Franck:

“It is in order to really see, to see ever deeper, ever more intensely, hence to be fully aware and alive, that I draw what the Chinese call ‘The Ten Thousand Things’ around me. Drawing is the discipline by which I constantly rediscover the world. I have learned that what I have not drawn, I have never really seen, and that when I start drawing an ordinary thing, I realize how extraordinary it is, sheer miracle.”
“Art is neither a profession nor a hobby. Art is a way of being.”
“In this twentieth century, to stop rushing around, to sit quietly on the grass, to switch off the world and come back to the earth, to allow the eye to see a willow, a bush, a cloud, a leaf, is an unforgettable experience.”
“To see the human condition in the old woman, in the child, in the model on the stand, in that particular human being, and to let the hand trace it, this act of adoration is called, ‘drawing from life.’”
“The eye awakened is the eye in love.”

This Date in Art History: Died 5 June 2008 – Frederick Franck, a Dutch-American painter and author of “The Zen of Seeing.”

Below – “Blue Pots and Jars”; “Tibetan New Year’s Celebration”; “Dove with Branch”; “Preaching the Dharma”; “Dove”; “The Famous French Theologian Yves Congar, Gregorianum.”

This Date in Literary History: Died 5 June 1910 – O. Henry (William Sydney Porter), an American short story writer.

Some quotes from the work of O. Henry:

“The true adventurer goes forth aimless and uncalculating to meet and greet unknown fate.”
“It ain’t the roads we take; it’s what’s inside of us that makes us turn out the way we do.”
“If a person has lived through war, poverty and love, he has lived a full life.”
“Most wonderful of all are words, and how they make friends one with another.”
“Fortune is a prize to be won. Adventure is the road to it. Chance is what may lurk in the shadows at the roadside.”

Contemporary American Art – Charlotte Evans: Part I of II.

Below – “halo”; “on a roll”; “prospects”; “beam”; “boat boys.”


This Date in Literary History: Died 5 June 2012 – Ray Bradbury, an award-winning American writer, screenwriter, and author of “Fahrenheit 451.”

Some quotes from the work of Ray Bradbury:

“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.”
“We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.”
“Treasure this day and Treasure yourself; truly, neither will ever happen again.”
“Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.”
“There’s no use going to school unless your final destination is the library.”
“Love what you do and do what you love. Don’t listen to anyone else who tells you not to do it. You do what you want, what you love. Imagination should be the center of your life.”
“We are the miracle of force and matter making itself over into imagination and will. Incredible. The Life Force experimenting with forms. You for one. Me for another. The Universe has shouted itself alive. We are one of the shouts.”

Contemporary American Art – Charlotte Evans: Part II of II.

Below – “gap in the fence”; “glow”; “running jump”; ‘melting islands”; “stripes”; “pile of sticks.”


A Poem for Today

“I am”
By Ava Schicke (note: Ava Schicke wrote this poem when she was eight years old)

I am a daughter and a sister.
I wonder when I will die.
I hear the warm weather coming.
I see stars in the day.
I want to learn my whole ballet dance.
I am a daughter and a sister.

I pretend to be a teacher at home.
I feel like I am a teacher.
I touch hands that are growing.
I worry that I will never change.
I cry when something or someone dies.
I am a daughter and a sister.

I understand that teachers work hard for students.
I say that I don’t like bullies.
I dream about me not moving while trying really hard to run.
I try to become a good friend.
I hope that there is no more dying or killing.
I am a daughter and a sister.

Below – Henrietta Brown: “Young Girl Writing at Her Desk with Birds”

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