A Burning in Naples

“It is art that makes life, makes interest, makes importance . . . and I know of no substitute whatever for the force and beauty of its process.” Henry James (April 15, 1843 – February 28, 1916) Henry James may have died in the early part of the 1900’s but his ideas are alive and […]

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Clockwork Orange Meets Logan’s Run

Sarah, my sister who shares my love for coffee and all things artistic, introduced me to a new coffee haunt on the North Shore over the weekend. As we drank our Costa Rican blend, we experienced a nostalgic moment thanks to the decor offered by our host, Bean Around the World. We were surrounded by […]

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The Angst of Edvard Munch

“I was walking along the road with two friends. The sun set. I felt a tinge of melancholy. Suddenly the sky became a bloody red. I stopped, leaned against the railing, dead tired. And I looked at the flaming clouds that hung like blood and a sword over the blue-black fjord and city. My friends […]

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It’s May Day!

Art requires philosophy, just as philosophy requires art. Otherwise, what would become of beauty?  Paul Gauguin May 1st originated as an ancient spring festival. It is related to the Celtic festival of Beltane, the Germanic festival of Walpurgis Night and various other northern European pagan celebrations. As time passed, and Europe became Christianized, May Day […]

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Romare Bearden – Enchanted Places

The art of writing a note begins with the choice of note paper.  Stationary stores are a treasure trove of possibilities.  Today, I found Pomegranate  notes that highlight Romare Bearden, an American painter (1911-1988).  These watercolours came toward the end of his life, when he used the lush tropical backdrop and unique cultural attributes of the Caribbean island of […]

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The Art of Afternoon Tea

Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea. ~Henry Fielding, “Love in Several Masques” Tea is drunk to forget the din of the world. ~T’ien Yiheng There is a great deal of poetry and fine sentiment in a chest of tea. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, Letters and Social Aims Strange how a teapot can represent […]

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Beginnings

Beginnings always start with definitions so as to supply a baseline for investigation. It seems a logical, and objective, first step in any inquiry. And here is where it gets interesting – art is not easily defined in a few words or paragraphs. There are literally volumes of books and notable libraries that seek to […]

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