Wandering in Woodacre – 26 July 2020

Contemporary American Art – Alex Chavez

Below – “Eternal”; “Ash Moon Rising”; “Amber Eyes.”

This Date in Literary History: Born 26 July 1856 – George Bernard Shaw, an Irish playwright, critic, polemicist, and recipient of the 1925 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Some quotes from the work of George Bernard Shaw:

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
“He knows nothing; and he thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career.”
“Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”
“Youth is wasted on the young.”
“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”
“A Native American elder once described his own inner struggles in this manner: Inside of me there are two dogs. One of the dogs is mean and evil. The other dog is good. The mean dog fights the good dog all the time. When asked which dog wins, he reflected for a moment and replied, The one I feed the most.”
“Patriotism is, fundamentally, a conviction that a particular country is the best in the world because you were born in it.”
“After all, the wrong road always leads somewhere.”
“You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.”
“There are two tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart’s desire. The other is to gain it.”

Contemporary Serbian Art – Endre Penovac

Below – “Sleeping”; “March Snow”; “Who disturbs my dreams?”; “Winter Furcoat”; “Home.”

This Date in Literary History: Born 26 July 1894 – Aldous Huxley, an English novelist, essayist, philosopher, and author of “Brave New World.”

Some quotes from the work of Aldous Huxley:

“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.”
“Maybe this world is another planet’s hell.”
“The real hopeless victims of mental illness are to be found among those who appear to be most normal. Many of them are normal because they are so well adjusted to our mode of existence, because their human voice has been silenced so early in their lives, that they do not even struggle or suffer or develop symptoms as the neurotic does. They are normal not in what may be called the absolute sense of the word; they are normal only in relation to a profoundly abnormal society. Their perfect adjustment to that abnormal society is a measure of their mental sickness. These millions of abnormally normal people, living without fuss in a society to which, if they were fully human beings, they ought not to be adjusted.”
“I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself.”
“That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons that history has to teach.”
“One believes things because one has been conditioned to believe them.”
“Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him.”

Contemporary French Art – Wietze Gerber

Below – “Skyward”; “Golden Light”; “Sunny Day”; “Wild Anemone”; “Blue Moon.”

This Date in Literary History: Born 26 July 1959 – Rick Bragg, an American writer, journalist, author of “All Over But the Shoutin’,” and recipient of the Pulitzer Prize.

Some quotes from the work of Rick Bragg:

“Every life deserves a certain amount of dignity, no matter how poor or damaged the shell that carries it.”
“It was a good moment, the kind you would like to press between the pages of a book, or hide in your sock drawer, so you could touch it again.”
“The only thing poverty does is grind down your nerve endings to a point that you can work harder and stoop lower than most people are willing to. It chips away a person’s dreams to the point that the hopelessness shows through, and the dreamer accepts that hard work and borrowed houses are all this life will ever be.”
“I know how silly and paranoid that sounds, especially coming from a man who gets a perverse thrill from taking chances. But it is a common condition of being poor white trash: you are always afraid that the good things in your life are temporary, that someone can take them away, because you have no power beyond your own brute strength to stop them.”
“Mama just stepped back on the treadmill of worry and hopeless, and kept walking.”

Contemporary Portuguese Art – Patricia Imbraus

Below (photographs) – “Shower time”; “Contrast”; “Slowing down”; “Last surf of the day”; “Time travel underwater.”

This Date in Literary History: Born 26 July 1875 – Antonio Machado, a Spanish poet.

[“Traveler, your footprints”]
by Antonio Machado

Traveler, your footprints
are the only road, nothing else.
Traveler, there is no road;
you make your own path as you walk.
As you walk, you make your own road,
and when you look back
you see the path
you will never travel again.
Traveler, there is no road;
only a ship’s wake on the sea.

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