Wandering in Woodacre – 10 July 2020

This Date in Art History: Born 10 July 1830 – Camille Pissarro, a Danish-French painter.

Below – “Bath Road, Chiswick”; “Two Women Walking by the Sea, St. Thomas”; “Orchard in Bloom”; “Hay Harvest at Eragny”; “The Woods at Marly”; “Conversation.”

This Date in Literary History: Born 10 July 1931 – Alice Munro, a Canadian short story writer and recipient of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Some quotes from the work of Alice Munro:

“The constant happiness is curiosity.”
“Always remember that when a man goes out of the room, he leaves everything in it behind. When a woman goes out she carries everything that happened in the room along with her.”
“Why is it a surprise to find that people other than ourselves are able to tell lies?”
“Few people, very few, have a treasure, and if you do you must hang onto it. You must not let yourself be waylaid, and have it taken from you.”
“I can’t play bridge. I don’t play tennis. All those things that people learn, and I admire, there hasn’t seemed time for. But what there is time for is looking out the window.”
“Memory is the way we keep telling ourselves our stories – and telling other people a somewhat different version of our stories.”
“People are curious. A few people are. … They will put things together, knowing all along that they may be mistaken. You see them going around with notebooks, scraping the dirt off gravestones, reading microfilm, just in the hope of seeing this trickle in time, making a connection, rescuing one thing from the rubbish.”
“In your life there are a few places, or maybe only the one place, where something happened, and then there are all the other places.”


Contemporary American Art – Hazel Miller

Below – “The Paradise”; “On seeing Emerald”; “Olga in Rainbows”; “Brain Damage (I’ll see you on the dark side of the moon)’: “Lucid Dream”; “Gone are the grapes”; “Undying is the reddest rose.”

This Date in Literary History: Born 10 July 1871 – Marcel Proust, a French novelist, critic, essayist, and author of “Inn Search of Lost Time.”

Some quotes from the work of Marcel Proust:

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
“Do not wait for life. Do not long for it. Be aware, always and at every moment, that the miracle is in the here and now.”
“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”
“Remembrance of things past is not necessarily the remembrance of things as they were.”
“The bonds between ourselves and another person exists only in our minds. Memory as it grows fainter loosens them, and notwithstanding the illusion by which we want to be duped and which, out of love, friendship, politeness, deference, duty, we dupe other people, we exist alone. Man is the creature who cannot escape from himself, who knows other people only in himself, and when he asserts the contrary, he is lying.”
“Reading is that fruitful miracle of a communication in the midst of solitude.”
“Happiness is beneficial for the body, but it is grief that develops the powers of the mind.”
“If we are to make reality endurable, we must all nourish a fantasy or two.”
“The creation of the world did not occur at the beginning of time, it occurs every day.”
“Love is space and time measured by the heart.”
“Always try to keep a patch of sky above your life.”
“We do not receive wisdom, we must discover it for ourselves, after a journey through the wilderness which no one else can make for us, which no one can spare us, for our wisdom is the point of view from which we come at last to regard the world.”

Contemporary Australian Art – Vynka Hallam

Below – “Nostalgia”; “Going Places”; “Burnt Skies”; “Laguna”; “Moonlight”; “Secret Beach.”

A Poem for Today

“What I Need to Do Most of the Time”
by Jo’lene Dailey

It feels like I need
To go to my dad’s house
And when I’m at my dad’s house
I want to go to my mom’s house
I want to be at both houses

Note: Jo’lene Dailey wrote and published this poem when she was six years old.

Below – Cecile Berce Busson: “Evasion”

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