September 14

Days like summer, nights like fall...

Welcome to mid September, y'all!!



  1. Unintentional genius.

    Rusty Ring: Van Gogh's bedroom

    Happy WW!

    Rusty Ring: Reflections of an Old-Timey Hermit

  2. Everyone wanted to know how Helen Keller perceived colour.

    Some of this knowledge was prurient; some was strictly informative - there is no doubt that it palpated with fascination.

    When I read Joseph P Lash's magisterial biography - and how he used interviews with Nella Braddy Henney [the writer of Annie Sullivan's biography] - I was particularly captured by the way she described pink.

    Helen had a very beloved little sister Mildred - and that was how she was able to observe the warmth and tenor of "a baby's cheek"

    and thus call it pink.

    Now of course when a baby cries it can grow red and sometimes it grows puckled.

    Robin: I too used an artist. In my case it was Pablo Picasso.

    The Winter Masterpieces have celebrated Picasso. Many works came from the Pompidou [France] to the National Gallery of Victoria [Australia] - and many collective works were also used from private and government people.

    I am up to the section CUBISM SETTLES DOWN [after the First World War and into the 1920s and 1930s - so Picasso being in his early and mid-career; along with his friends like Juan Gris; Marie-Therese Walter; Georges Braques] and learning all about the great influences.

    Ah - the connection between genius and intentionality!

    I have seen the afterlife of Van Gogh in clothing and in fashion - especially STARRY STARRY NIGHT.

    And it would be natural to extend to homeware furnishings - for example curtains; comforters; pillows; fitted sheets; shelving - to take only someone's bedroom. Even change mats and white noise machines and, well, PINK NOISE machines.

    The craft aspect of Picasso interested me a lot. He was the first artist I know that embraced periodicity.

    Monet and the Impressionists [remember van Gogh is a POST-impressionist - like Paul Cezanne] were much more "place" people than "time" or "in their time" people.

    [and even there I detect exceptions in their practices - for example some moments in Monet's Garden which I experienced about or over 10 years ago].

  3. That's a cute rhyme, i'll have to remember it!

  4. Mimi:

    Oh, yes

    "Days like summer; nights like fall".

    I remember November nights in particular being SHORT and COLD.

    September and October - not necessarily so harsh - not before Hallowe'en.

    And I imagine the fall-like night causing conflict.

    We are coming up to the Equinox.

    Something else I remember encoded in song is HOT SUMMER NIGHTS by a band called Night.