SUBTLE REALISM

Midday in Tangier by Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859-1937)

Artful Writing

World acclaimed as the first African American painter, this Tangier gateway embodies Tanner’s personal struggles against the racism of his time with his ability to paint realistic subjects with cool colors against light.  In 1891 he left Atlanta and was warmly welcomed by Paris and died there peacefully.

henry-ossawa-tannerHere is his description on the burden of race:

“I was extremely timid and to be made to feel that I was not wanted, although in a place where I had every right to be, even months afterwards caused me sometimes weeks of pain.  Every time any one of these disagreeable incidents came into my mind, my heart sank, and I was anew tortured by the thought of what I had endured, almost as much as the incident itself.  (The Story of an Artist’s Life.)

Tanner’s legacy influenced such greats as Norman Rockwell and William Edouard Scott.  His 1885 oil canvas, ‘Sand Dunes at Sunset, Atlantic City, is part of the permanent collection of the White House hanging in the Green Room.

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“Get it – get it better or get it worse.  No middle ground of compromise.”

 

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.

Park in Atlanta In Honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.

“I have decided to work with Love…Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

“”We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive.  He who is devoid of the power to forgive, is devoid of the power to love.  There is some good in the worst of us, and some evil in the best of us.  When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.”

mlk-familyThe Martin Luther King, Jr. Family

 

ART OF GOODNESS

Food for Thought

Learning the virtues and living them leads to goodness

Adapted from Author Romano Guardini

Growing into goodness can be realized by considering the following virtues:

Truthfulness – Acceptance – Patience – Justice – Reverence

Loyalty – Disinterestedness – Asceticism – Courage – Kindness

Understanding – Courtesy – Gratitude – Unselfishness

Recollection – Silence – and Justice

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…and in ‘not finding fault with others’…one will keep ‘goodness’ in his soul.”

LED BY LOVE

The Virgin of Guadalupe (1959) by Salvador Dali

GOOD SUNDAY AFFIRMATION

Mary’s love is what led Salvador Dali to create this awesome rendition of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Known for his eccentric Surrealist art style, Dali experienced a 10-year conversion away from Freudian expression to faith found in Italian classical art.  He wrote that “nothing worse can happen to an ex-Surrealist than to become a mystic and know how to draw.”

Exceptional is this privately owned masterpiece to reflect Dali’s gift to mesh the Old World with the New and bridge his faith to our contemporary age for future believers.

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Star of Evangelization

I am All Yours, My Queen

My Mother, And All That

I Have Is Yours

 

POUSTINIA

Artful Writing

Poustinia

Inspired by Catherine de Hueck Doherty, Foundress of Madonna House

In Catherine’s words:

“Poustinia is not a book, it is a stream of life,

the poustinia of the heart, His presence.”

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HAIKU

FAR FROM HECTIC LIFE

LOGGING IN WINTER’S SILENCE

IMMERSING WITH GOD

…becoming a new creation within God…