Sentient in San Francisco – 1 July 2019

Greeting July

Below – Louis Ritman: “A Day in July”


Art for July – Edward Henry Potthast: “A July Day”


Musings in July: William Cullen Bryant

“The linden, in the fervors of July,
Hums with a louder concert. When the wind
Sweeps the broad forest in its summer prime,
As when some master-hand exulting sweeps
The keys of some great organ, ye give forth
The music of the woodland depths, a hymn
Of gladness and of thanks.”

Below – Gisele D Thompson: “Birch Trees in Summer”

Art for July – W Van de Wege: “Vrouwenpolder beachscene 1 July 2016”

This Date in Environmental History: Born 1 July 1912 – David Brower, an American environmentalist. In the words of one writer, Brower
“was a prominent environmentalist and the founder of many environmental organizations, including the John Muir Institute for Environmental Studies, Friends of the Earth (1969), Earth Island Institute (1982), North Cascades Conservation Council, and Fate of the Earth Conferences. From 1952 to 1969, he served as the first Executive Director of the Sierra Club, and served on its board three times: from 1941–1953; 1983–1988; and 1995–2000.

Some quotes from the work of David Brower:

“We must begin thinking like a river if we are to leave a legacy of beauty and life for future generations.”
“We are no longer inheriting the Earth from our parents, we are stealing it from our children.”
“Without wilderness, the world’s a cage.”
“Truth and beauty can still win battles. We need more art, more passion, more wit in defense of the Earth.”
“The more we pour the big machines, the fuel, the pesticides, the herbicides, the fertilizer and chemicals into farming, the more we knock out the mechanism that made it all work in the first place.”
“The wild places are where we began. When they end, so do we.”
“If you want to get people off drugs, improve reality.”
“Have fun saving the world, or you are just going to depress yourself.”
“All technology should be assumed guilty until proven innocent.”
“There are many ways to salvation, and one of them is to follow a river.”
“Polite conservationists leave no mark save the scars upon the Earth that could have been prevented had they stood their ground.”
“We may learn anew what compassion and beauty are, and pause to listen to the Earth’s music.”
“We need the sea. We need a place to stand and touch and listen – to feel the pulse of the world as the surf rolls in.”

Art for July – Albert Safiullin: “The oxbow of Lielupe river before the July thunderstorm”

Art for July – Roxanne Raschella: “The Three Graces”

This Date in Art History: Born 1 July 1858 – Willard Metcalf, an American painter: Part I of II.

Below – “Flying Shadows”; “Thawing Brook”; “The Poppy Field”; “On the Suffolk Coast 02”; “Monet’s Formal Garden”; “Cafe.”

Art for July – Wini Smart: “Surf Watchers”


This Date in Art History: Born 1 July 1858 – Willard Metcalf, an American painter: Part II of II.

Below – “Young Lady on the Beach”; “Tea on the Porch”; “The Landing Place”; “The White Mantle”; “A Family of Birches”; “Blossom Time.”

Art for July – Elisheva Nesis: “The Angel of July”

Art for July – Vincent van Gogh: “Olive Trees”

Musings in July: Francis Thompson

“The Summer looks out from her brazen tower,
Through the flashing bars of July.”

Below – Caroline Chevillotte: “Heatwaves”

Art for July – Winslow Homer: “Peach Blossoms”

Art for July – Evelyn McCorristin Peters: “The Girl Next Door”


Musings in July: Bill Bryson

“They talk about big skies in the western United States, and they may indeed have them, but you have never seen such lofty clouds, such towering anvils, as in Iowa in July.”

Below – Lindy Cook Severns: “Towering White Clouds Over Green Ranchland”

Art for July – John William Waterhouse: “Echo and Narcissus”

Musings in July: Sara Coleridge

“Hot July brings cooling showers,
Apricots and gillyflowers.”

Below – Katherine LeCocq: “Gilly Flower”

Art for July – John Everett Millais: “Caller Herrin”

Art for July – Fairfield Potter: “July”
A Poem for July

“Answer July”
by Emily Dickinson

Answer July—
Where is the Bee—
Where is the Blush—
Where is the Hay?

Ah, said July—
Where is the Seed—
Where is the Bud—
Where is the May—
Answer Thee—Me—

Nay—said the May—
Show me the Snow—
Show me the Bells—
Show me the Jay!

Quibbled the Jay—
Where be the Maize—
Where be the Haze—
Where be the Bur?
Here—said the Year—

Below – Bekir Salim: “Emily Dickinson”

Art for July – Duffy Sheridan: “Summer”


Welcome, Wonderful July

Below – Childe Hassam: “July Night”

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