Wandering in Woodacre – 10 October 2020

This Date in Art History: Born 10 October 1858 – Maurice Prendergast, an American painter.

Below – “Franklin Park Boston”; “Blue Mountains”; ““Telegraph Hill”; “Surf, Cohasset”; “After the Storm”; “The Bathers.”

This Date in Literary History: Born 10 October 1943 – Frederick Barthelme, an award-winning American novelist and short story writer.

Some quotes from the work of Frederick Barthelme:

“There is a feeling of disbelief that comes over you, that takes over, and you kind of go through the motions. You do what you’re supposed to do, but in fact you’re not there at all.”
“I lay on the bed and shut my eyes, thinking that nobody really likes marriage, that it’s a flawed arrangement, that people get enthusiastic and jump in for a hundred reasons and then, after the ceremony, after a few years, the whole deal turns into a concert they wouldn’t have dreamed of attending.”
“I remember loving pencils. I was fond of paper. I loved the small of textbooks. I loved the way the light from a desk lamp was bright on a page. I loved the smell of fresh-cut grass. It was a thing everybody loved, but there was no shame in being that much like everybody else, in sharing that.”
“A computer is a wonderful and friendly machine, because it’s always just a little better than you are. You’re always a little bit behind, but it stays right there with you anyway. It allows you to make the mistakes, and then to try to find out what the mistakes are, and then to repair the mistakes. It’s always your friend. It quits on you, but it doesn’t leave the apartment.”
“I expect I knew better than to try to recapture the experience now, in my mid-fifties, when time went so fast that I wouldn’t have time, wouldn’t , or couldn’t, allow myself the time, to savor it. I counted that inability as another of the losses of getting older, which goes too slow at first, leaving you aching to speed things up, and then goes too fast when it’s way too late to slow things down. And all the time, young or old, you’re looking at people on the other side of the equation, riddled with envy.”
“I remember that feeling, that comfort, that sense of everything in its place, the rightness of it all, when the winter is loved and the summer is all the sun there is. When you want that specific moment, that time, that place, that situation, forever. You can’t force it or wish it, and praying doesn’t help. You wait, you keep going, you hope maybe it will come around again. That flawless equilibrium.”


This Date in Art History: Born 10 October 1938 – Daido Moriyama, a Japanese photographer.

Below – “City Through The Door”; “Color”; “Light and Shadow”; Untitled; “Eros Or Something Other Than Eros”; “Provoke No. 2.”

A Poem for Today

“Up Against It”
by Eamon Grennan

It’s the way they cannot understand the window
they buzz and buzz against, the bees that take
a wrong turn at my door and end up thus
in a drift at first of almost idle curiosity,
cruising the room until they find themselves
smack up against it and they cannot fathom how
the air has hardened and the world they know
with their eyes keeps out of reach as, stuck there
with all they want just in front of them, they must
fling their bodies against the one unalterable law
of things—this fact of glass—and can only go on
making the sound that tethers their electric
fury to what’s impossible, feeling the sting in it.


Contemporary Spanish Art – Maria Isabel Andres Fernandez

Below – “Red flower”; “Splash”; “Lips.”


Contemporary Russian Art – Maria Barkovskaya

Below – “Pink jungle”; “Apple holiday”; “Sacred place”; “Master of the river.”

This Date in Cinematic History: Died 10 October 1985 – Orson Welles, an innovative, influential and award-winning American actor, director, writer, and producer.

Some quotes from the work of Orson Welles:

“We’re born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we’re not alone.”
“If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.”
“My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four. Unless there are three other people.”
“I started at the top and worked my way down.”
“Future shock is a sickness which comes from too much change in too short a time. It’s the feeling that nothing is permanent anymore.”
“People are losing the capacity to listen to words or follow ideas.”

Contemporary Latvian Art – Dina Abele

Below – “the pond and trees”; “Meadow and odor”; “Catch me!”; “Invitation to a meeting with himself”; “Obtrusive dream.”


Contemporary American Art – Nina Fabunni

Below – “Fruit Shopping In China Town”; “Stand Tall to Get By”; “Twilight”; “Lady On The Sidewalk”; “Life Is Beautiful”; “Find A Way To Your Heart.”


A Poem for Today

“Einstein’s Happiest Moment”
by Richard M. Berlin

Einstein’s happiest moment
occurred when he realized
a falling man falling
beside a falling apple
could also be described
as an apple and a man at rest
while the world falls around them.

And my happiest moment
occurred when I realized
you were falling for me,
right down to the core, and the rest,
relatively speaking, has flown past
faster than the speed of light.

Below – Carmen Tyrrell: “Lovers – Colours and Kisses”

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