Wandering in Woodacre – 22 November 2020

This Das in Art History: Born 22 November 1849 – Christian Rohlfs, a German painter.

Below – “Landscape vision”; “Hilly landscape in late autumn”; “Magnolia”; “Moonlight on the Ocean”; Three Ducks”; “Blue Landscape.”


This Date in Literary History: Died 22 November 1993 – Anthony Burgess, an English novelist, playwright, critic, and author of “A Clockwork Orange.”

Some quotes from the work of Anthony Burgess:

“To be left alone is the most precious thing one can ask of the modern world.”
“Laugh and the world laughs with you, snore and you sleep alone.”
“Language exists less to record the actual than to liberate the imagination.”
“Every dogma has its day.”
“Literature ceases to be literature when it commits itself to moral uplift; it becomes moral philosophy or some such dull thing.”
“It’s always good to remember where you come from and celebrate it. To remember where you come from is part of where you’re going.”

Contemporary Ukrainian Art – Alex Grear

Below (photographs) – “Breath of a warm summer evening, a girl at sunset ‘2’”; “In the dry grass”; “Anastasia”; “Woman under black veil”; “Freedom 2.”

This Date in Literary History: Born 22 November 1819 – George Eliot (pen name of Mary Ann Evans), an English novelist, journalist, translator, and author of “Middlemarch.”

Some quotes from the work of George Eliot:

“What destroys us most effectively is not a malign fate but our own capacity for self-deception and for degrading our own best self.”
“What do we live for, if not to make life less difficult for each other?”
“I like not only to be loved, but to be told that I am loved; the realm of
silence is large enough beyond the grave.”
“Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person; having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but to pour them all out, just as they are, chaff and grain together, knowing that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then, with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away.
“It is a narrow mind which cannot look at a subject from various points of view.”
“There is a great deal of unmapped country within us.”
“Animals are such agreeable friends – they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.”
“It is never too late, no matter how old you get because anytime or any point in your life you can always have a chance to make a difference. You can always make a change for the better no matter what background you derived from. You can always do your best and be all that you can be because you will always be uniquely you. It is why it is always wise to listen to your eternal heart, your eternal instincts, and what it had always strove for and/or to do because really anybody can make a difference not only in their own lives but in the lives of others. It is never too late to shine; never.”


Contemporary Spanish Art – Joaquin Pardo Mendez

Below – ‘Camino de Recati”; “Dunas IV”; “Dunas junto al mar”; “Puerto de Catarroja – Baina”; “Surcos”; “Alborada.”


This Date in Entertainment History: Died 22 November 1980 – Mae West, an American actress, singer, playwright, screenwriter, sex symbol known for her lighthearted, bawdy double entendres and breezy sexual independence, and author of “Goodness Had Nothing to do with It: Mae West, Her Autobiography.”

Some quotes from the work of Mae West:

“I used to be Snow White, but I drifted.”
“When I’m good, I’m very good. But when I’m bad I’m better.”
“Flattery will get you everywhere.”
“Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before.”
“I consider sex a misdemeanor, the more I miss, de meaner I get.”
“Men are like linoleum floors. Lay ’em right and you can walk all over them for years.”
“Too much of a good thing can be wonderful.”
“I’ll try anything once, twice if I like it, three times to make sure.”
“For a long time I was ashamed of the way I lived. Did I reform, you ask? No. I’m not ashamed anymore.”
“Women with pasts interest men because they hope history will repeat itself.”
“Ten men waiting for me at the door? Send one of them home, I’m tired.”
“Positive thoughts generate positive feelings and attract positive life experiences. You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”


Contemporary British Art – Angela Edwards

Below – “Who was it?”; “Moving home”; My Turn”; “Time to Play”; “Which Way”; “Walk Away.”


This Date in Literary History: Born 22 November 1869 – Andre Gide, a French novelist, essayist, dramatist, author of “The Counterfeiters,” and recipient of the 1947 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Some quotes from the work of Andre Gide:

“One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.”
“Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens we have to keep going back and beginning all over again.”
“True intelligence very readily conceives of an intelligence superior to its own; and this is why truly intelligent men are modest.”
“He who wants a rose must respect her thorn.”
“Most often people seek in life occasions for persisting in their opinions rather than for educating themselves.”
“Every instant of our lives is essentially irreplaceable: you must know this in order to concentrate on life.”
“We live counterfeit lives in order to resemble the idea we first had of ourselves.”
“The wise man is he who constantly wonders afresh.”


Contemporary Ukrainian Art – Daria Dudochnykova

Below – “Swimmer”; “Dive”; “Light show”; “Soaring”; “Dive 2”; “Free, weightless, brave. No. 1.”

Date in Literary History: Died 22 November 1916 – Jack London, an American novelist, short story writer, memoirist, essayist, playwright, poet, journalist, social and animal rights activist, and author of “The Call of the Wild.”

Some quotes from the work of Jack London:

“I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.”
“Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well.”
“The most beautiful stories always start with wreckage.”
“Limited minds can recognize limitations only in others.”
“A bone to the dog is not charity. Charity is the bone shared with the dog, when you are just as hungry as the dog.”
“It is so much easier to live placidly and complacently. Of course, to live placidly and complacently is not to live at all.”
“I’d rather sing one wild song and burst my heart with it, than live a thousand years watching my digestion and being afraid of the wet.”
“I ride over my beautiful ranch. Between my legs is a beautiful horse.
The air is wine. The grapes on a score of rolling hills are red with autumn flame.Across Sonoma Mountain, wisps of sea fog are stealing.The afternoon sun smolders in the drowsy sky.I have everything to make me glad I am alive.”

Contemporary American Art – Richard Hutchins

Below – “Summer Twilight”; “Figure Leaning Against Building”; “Beach”; “Abandoned Motel”; “Abandoned Place”; “Amoco.”

A Poem for Today

“Girl Riding a Horse in a Field of Sunflowers”
by David Alan Evans

Sitting perfectly upright,
contented and pensive,
she holds in one hand,
loosely, the reins of summer:

the green of trees and bushes;
the blue of lake water;
the red of her jacket
and open collar; the brown
of her pinned-up hair,
and her horse, deep
in the yellow of sunflowers.

When she stops to rest,
summer rests.
When she decides to leave,
there goes summer
over the hill.

Below – Patty Stern: “Sunflower Heaven”

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