Sunday, December 10, 2017

Art for Advent 2017: Second Sunday

Continuing his 2017 Seeing Art History series for Advent, Dr. James Romaine examines for this second Sunday in Advent Henry Ossawa Tanner's painting The Holy Family (1910), noting, in particular, the artwork's composition and use of light. The oil painting resides in the Muskegon Museum of Art in Michigan.

Dr. James Romaine, Professor, Lander University; Lecturer on Faith and Visual Arts; Author

Thought for the Day

To write so that a hungry man /
might think it’s bread? //
First feed the hungry man, /
then write so that his hunger /
is not in vain.
~ Ryszard Krynicki

Quoted from Ryszard Krynicki’s Poem “How to Write?” in Piotr Florczyk’s Review of Krynicki’s Magnetic Point: Selected Poems, 1968-2014 (New Directions, 2017), Trans. by Clare Cavanagh, in World Literature in Review, November-December 2017, page 86

Ryszard Krynicki, Polish Poet of the ‘New Wave’, Editor, Publisher, Translator

Clare Cavanagh, Professor of Slavic Languages and Lteratures, Northwestern University

Piotr Florczyk, Poet, Essayist, and Translator

Piotr Florczyk on FaceBook

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Art for Advent 2017: First Sunday

Dr. James Romaine's Seeing Art History series presents for this first Sunday in Advent Henry Ossawa Tanner's The Annuciation, an 1898 painting visualizing the Virgin Mary's moment of spiritual transformation, when the angel Gabriel tells her that she will bear God's Son. The painting, which Tanner entered in the 1898 Paris Salon exhibition, resides in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Dr. James Romaine, Professor, Lander University; Lecturer on Faith and Visual Arts; Author

Thought for the Day

. . . Love is the finest of silences, . . .
~ Jaime Sabines (Trans. W.S. Merwin)


Quoted from "The Lovers" by Jaime Sabines, as Translated by W.S. Merwin, in The Essential W.S. Merwin, Edited by Michael Wiegers (Copper Canyon Press, 2017), page 30

Jaime Sabines (1926-1999), Mexican Poet

W.S. Merwin, Poet, Translator, Environmental Activist, 2010 Poet Laureate of the United States

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Thought for the Day

I know what I have given you. I do not know what you have received.
~ Antonio Porchia (Trans. W.S. Merwin)

Quoted from Voices (2003) by Antonio Porchia, as Translated by W.S. Merwin, in The Essential W.S. Merwin, Edited by Michael Wiegers (Copper Canyon Press, 2017), page 16

Antonio Porchia (1885-1986), Argentinian Poet

W.S. Merwin, Poet, Translator, Environmental Activist, 2010 Poet Laureate of the United States

Thursday, November 23, 2017

A Time of Thanksgiving (Poem)

A Time of Thanksgiving

The trees have removed their branches' bracelets;
          that clanging of falling leaves has ceased.
Cold has swept in on nature's stiffest brush,
          preparing us for the harder ground to come.

          In such days grown short in time's own hands,
we lack for light beyond our cut-short shadows,
          listen for this year's presidential proclamation,
in gratefulness await the pardoning of yet another

          turkey. Soon enough we'll gather round our tables,
grip hands in prayer perfected for the holiday,
          pass our plates forward in answer to the question,
light or dark?

          Pumpkin pie will satisfy the traditionalist (there's
always one), and someone later call for coffee, bored
          caffeinated children coralling the cat in the corridor
as mother and daughters retreat to the kitchen, their men cheering

          or berating the fast or fatal final move down left field.
Once the last drop of Pinot Noir is washed down, the glasses dried,
          the chatter will turn to Black Friday specials and old debates
about buying local. No one can wait for the Christmas sales.
© 2017 Maureen E. Doallas

Please enjoy once again these poems of Thanksgiving:

"Tradition" (November 28, 2013)

"Called to Thanksgiving" (November 22, 2012)

"We're used to giving" (Escape Into Life, November 23, 2011)


"November, and the pollen" (November 12, 2013)

And this, because as I wrote then, "Thanksgiving does not exist only on a November day. . .":

"Uncommon Community" (November 16, 2009)

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Thought for the Day

Cover Art

Freedom is a foreign feeling housed in an overused word —
nothing of life can be taught by anything less than living....
~ Nicelle Davis


Quoted from Nicelle Davis's Poem "An Etymology Lesson" (Section VII) in Her Excellent Chapbook Elephants (Business Bear Press, 2017), page 24. The wonderful illustrations in the chapbook are by Cheryl Gross. 

Nicelle Davis, Poet, Performance Artist, Instructor

Cheryl Gross, Writer, Illustrator, Motion Graphic Artist

Thursday, November 16, 2017

New Artist Watch Feature at Escape Into Life

John Wentz, Untitled No. 8, 2017
Mixed Media on Wood Panel, 16" x 12"
Copyright © John Wentz


It is with great pleasure that I introduce in today's Artist Watch column at the online arts magazine Escape Into Life the work of award-winning painter John Wentz.

John, who was born and raised in San Francisco's Bay Area, has pursued his interest in art since age 6 and now exhibits not only in his hometown but throughout the United States and internationally. 

Today's Artist Watch offers images of eight of John's recent mixed media works, all from his summer 2017 solo exhibition, "Navigation Unknown", at Hashimoto Contemporary. Also included are John's Artist Statement, a brief biographical profile, and links to John's galleries and social media sites.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Marie Craven's & Lucy English's 'Quiet Sounds'

From The Book of Hours, the film poem collaboration of Lucy English and Marie Craven, comes the beautiful Quiet Sounds.

The video concept and editing are by Marie Craven; the poem was written and is read by Lucy English. Carol Blyberg provides the images; the sounds come from Freesound.

Lucy English on FaceBook and Twitter

Marie Craven on FaceBook and Twitter

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Thought for the Day

I believe fear is kind of an evil twin to faith. Whereas faith is
the evidence of things unseen and the substance of things
hoped for, fear is also the evidence of things unseen, but 
the substance of things not hoped for. . . creating
 art is a step of faith. . . .
~ Joe Sutphin

Quoted from Ned Bustard's Interview "Doodles from Hutchmoot" at CIVA [Christians in the Visual Arts] Blog, October 24, 2017

Joe Sutphin, Writer-Illustrator of Children's Books 

Joe Sutphin on FaceBook and Instagram