Category Archives: painting

Henri Matisse in Tahiti

In 1930, at the ripe age of 60 and inspired by his love for the work of his compatriot Paul Gauguin, the French painter Henri Matisse boarded a steamer in San Francisco. He was bound for Tahiti because of the light. … Continue reading

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“Under me, rivers ran…”

The Standard Oil heiress, arts patron and fashion icon Millicent Rogers left behind a life of East Coast high society to settle in a rustic adobe home in Taos, New Mexico, in 1947. The following is an excerpt from a … Continue reading

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Guest artist: Suzy T. Kane

Earlier this week I posted an essay about the potency of tears, about how they bring us to a holy place inside from which change can spring forth (HW 11/15/11). This small poem by Suzy T. Kane seemed an apt … Continue reading

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Guest artists: “The Value of Water” at St. John the Divine

In a beautiful convergence of holiness, water and artistic endeavor, the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine on the Upper West Side of Manhattan has just opened a new exhibition called “The Value of Water: Sustaining a Green Planet.” … Continue reading

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Guest artist: T.S. Eliot

An excerpt from “Ash Wednesday” This is the time of tension between dying and birth. The place of solitude where three dreams cross Between blue rocks But when the voices shaken from the yew-tree drift away Let the other yew … Continue reading

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“On a red gold throne in the heart of the sea”

“For a time I believed not in God nor Santa Claus, but in mermaids.” ~ Sylvia Plath Sylvia Plath grew up near the ocean, in Winthrop-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts, and was indelibly shaped by its influence in a myriad of ways. In … Continue reading

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Guest artist: Kristine McCallister on Hilaire Hiler

As a color consultant, I was recently asked if I would choose some colors for a fish store/fish counter in Chicago. I received four photographs and was asked to “do something.” I noticed that the photographs all had these huge … Continue reading

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“My limbs are made glorious”

“The same stream of life that runs through the world runs through my veins night and day and dances in rhythmic measure. It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth into each blade of grass and breaks into tumultuous waves of flowers. It is the same life that is rocked in … Continue reading

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Guest artist: Gloria Longval

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My father drowned before I was born. My mother was three months pregnant with me, and she jumped in to try to save him. So these early works have the memory of water in them, in the palette I used. … Continue reading

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Guest artists: JG Bertrand and Becca Tzigany

  The deities in the painting are Oshun, Mars and Venus. Oshun is the Afro-Caribbean goddess of the river, love, sexuality and beauty. This prayer–an excerpt from The Pillow Book of Venus and Her Lover: Reinventing the Myth–asks for purification … Continue reading

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