Wandering in Woodacre- 16 October 2020

Contemporary French Art – Iva Tesorio

Below – “Foret”; “Vanite a l’orange”; “Une histoire de chien”; ‘Colombe”; “La petite fille sur fond rouge”; “Sur la balancoire.”


This Date in Literary History: Born 16 October 1854 – Oscar Wilde, an Irish poet, playwright, and author of “The Picture of Dorain Gray” and “The Importance of Being Earnest.”

Some quotes from the work of Oscar Wilde:

“Be yourself; everyone else is taken.”
“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”
“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.”
“Religion is like a blind man looking in a black room for a black cat that isn’t there, and finding it.”
“An optimist will tell you the glass is half-full; the pessimist, half-empty; and the engineer will tell you the glass is twice the size it needs to be.”
“Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.”
“Never love anyone who treats you like you’re ordinary.”
“Live the wonderful life that is in you.”


Contemporary American Art – Mary Young

Below – “She woke up from the past”; “Stagnant Sway”; “No care for those forgotten”; “There was no talk of tomorrow, only fire in the night”; “How much of ourself is left”; “But we are ‘patriots’.”


This Date in Literary History: Born 16 October 1888 – Eugene O’Neill, an American playwright, author of “Beyond the Horizon,” “Anna Christie,” “Strange Interlude,” and “A Long Day’s Journey Into Night,” three-time recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, and recipient of the 1936 Nobel Prize for Literature.

Some quotes from the work of Eugene O’Neill:

“There is no present or future – only the past, happening over and over again – now.”
“None of us can help the things life has done to us. They’re done before you realize it, and once they’re done they make you do other things until at last everything comes between you and what you’d like to be, and you’ve lost your true self forever.”
“We talk about the American Dream, and want to tell the world about the American Dream, but what is that Dream, in most cases, but the dream of material things? I sometimes think that the United States for this reason is the greatest failure the world has ever seen.”
“We need above all to learn again to believe in the possibility of nobility of spirit in ourselves.”
“When you’re 50 you start thinking about things you haven’t thought about before. I used to think getting old was about vanity – but actually it’s about losing people you love. Getting wrinkles is trivial.”
“One last word of farewell, dear master and mistress. Whenever you visit my grave, say to yourselves with regret but also happiness in your hearts at the remembrance of my long happy life with you: ‘Here lies one who loves us and whom we loved.’ No matter how deep my sleep I shall hear you, and not all the power of death can keep my spirit from wagging a grateful tail.”
“Suppose I was to tell you that it’s just beauty that’s calling me, the beauty of the far off and unknown, the mystery and spell which lures me, the need of freedom of great wide spaces, the joy of wandering on and on—-in quest of the secret which is hidden over there—-beyond the horizon?”

Contemporary British Art – Iva Troj

Below – “Dancer Series IV”; “I See You In The Shadows”; “Swedish Anna II”; “Some People’s Shadows”; “Fish Pond”; “Wherever I Go They Follow.”

A Poem for Today

“Pinhole”
by Kay Ryan

We say
pinhole.
A pin hole
of light. We
can’t imagine
how bright
more of it
could be,
the way
this much
defeats night.
It almost
isn’t fair,
whoever
poked this,
with such
a small act
to vanquish
blackness.

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