Wandering in Woodacre – 21 November 2020

This Date in Art History: Died 21 November 1907 – Paula Modersohn-Becker, a German painter.

Below – “Madchen mit Stohhut und Blume”; “Still life”; “Madchen mit Kaninchen”; “Reclining Mother and Child”; “Self-portrait with green background and blue irises”; “Self-Portrait, Nude with Amber Necklace Half-Length II.”

This Date in Literary History: Died 21 November 1945 – Ellen Glasgow, an American novelist, author of”In This Our Life,” and recipient of the Pulitzer Prize.

Some quotes from the work of Ellen Glasgow:

“All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward.”
“What happens is not as important as how you react to what happens.”
“It is human nature to overestimate the thing you’ve never had.”
“But there is, I have learned, no permanent escape from the past. It may be an unrecognized law of our nature that we should be drawn back, inevitably, to the place where we have suffered most.”
“Life is never what one dreams. It is seldom what one desires, but for the vital spirit and the eager mind, the future will always hold the search for buried treasure and the possibility of high adventure.”
“The only difference between a rut and a grave are the dimensions.”
“The older I grow the more earnestly I feel that the few joys of childhood are the best that life has to give.”

Contemporary American Art – Robert Erod

Below – “Rainbow Love”; “dreaming of you 2020”; “Pop Art Picasso Girl”; “Earth Blue Sunset”; “Endless Highway a Surreal Painting”;
“Purple Emotions.”

Musings in Autumn: George Eliot

“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.”


Below – Alex Grear: “On the Sunset” (photograph)

Contemporary Italian Art – Cecilia Frigati: Part I of II.

Below – “Straight To My Heart #3”; “Happy Calamities #2”; “Take Me To The River”; “Andra’ Tutto Bene #3”; “Night Tales #3”; “Step By Step #3.”

Musings in Autumn: e e cummings

“A wind has blown the rain away and blown the sky away and all the leaves away, and the trees stand. I think, I too, have known autumn too long.”

Below – Danil Danilovskii: “The winds of autumn”

Contemporary Italian Art – Cecilia Frigati: Part II of II.

Below – “Beauty of Darkness #12”; “Fresh Start #2”; “Andra’ Tutto Bene #1”; “Andra’ Tutto Bene”; “Sweet Cherries”; “Paesi Lontani.”

A Poem for Today

“Developing the Land”
by Stephen Behrendt

For six nights now the cries have sounded in the pasture:
coyote voices fluting across the greening rise to the east
where the deer have almost ceased to pass
now that the developers have carved up yet another section,
filled another space with spars and studs, concrete, runoff.

Five years ago you saw two spotted fawns rise
for the first time from brome where brick mailboxes will stand;
only three years past came great horned owls
who raised two squeaking, downy owlets
that perished in the traffic, skimming too low across the road
behind some swift, more fortunate cottontail.

It was on an August afternoon that you drove in,
curling down our long gravel drive past pasture and creek,
that you saw, flickering at the edge of your sight,
three mounted Indians, motionless in the paused breeze,
who vanished when you turned your head.

We have felt the presence on this land of others,
of some who paused here, some who passed, who have left
in the thick clay shards and splinters of themselves that we dig up,
turn up with spade and tine when we garden or bury our animals;
their voices whisper on moonless nights in the back pasture hollow
where the horses snort and nicker, wary with alarm.

Below – Lee Campbell: “Forest Spirit”

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