“What can we expect from an empty shell
Where many hearts of pearl once beat to dwell
Waves fail to break hard layer’s bond of love
Wailing shore sends memoir to the sky above”
― Munia Khan
“…I don’t just wish you rain, Beloved – I wish you the beauty of storms…”
― John Geddes, A Familiar Rain
“The dragon-form roof tile is comprised of four sections with high relief details. On either side of the tile there is a larger, green glazed dragon; a smaller, amber dragon; curly clouds filling up the space between the dragons; and a miniature figure under the head of the amber dragon. The larger dragon is biting the roof ridge with wide-open jaws and its winding tail turns upward. The smaller dragon writhes amidst clouds in the opposite direction of the larger one. The intertwined dragons form a shape similar to a half moon.
Comprised of four sections well modeled in high, crisp relief as two ferocious dragons writhing admist clouds, the larger green-glazed dragon descending with jaws wide open as the smaller amber-glazed dragon with supple, slithering body ascends as it reachs for the flaming pearl tightly grasped in the other’s extended rear claw, with the small figure of a bearded immortal standing admist the clouds just below the amber dragon’s head, the reverse modeled with the body of the green dragon only, all in green, amber, cream and black.” — Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
(Mixed media on aluminum)
Frank Stella (born May 12, 1936) is an American painter and printmaker,
noted for his work in the areas of minimalism and post-painterly abstraction.
My painting is based on the fact that only what can be seen there is there. It really is an object. Any painting is an object and anyone who gets involved enough in this finally has to face up to the objectness of whatever it is that he’s doing. He is making a thing.. ..all I want anyone to get out of my paintings, and all I ever get out of them, is the fact that you can see the whole idea without any confusion.. .What you see is what you see. — Frank Stella
Earth would die
If the sun stopped kissing her.”
Khwāja Šams ud-Dīn Muhammad Hāfez-e Šīrāzī
Interior with a Book, 1959
“Richard Diebenkorn worked in two styles-gestural realism, as in Interior with a Book, and complete abstraction, as in the Ocean Park Series.
In Interior with a Book, Diebenkorn integrates flat areas of color with more realistic passages suggesting three-dimensional space. The right two-thirds of the canvas present a landscape, sky and interior space in terms of an abstract pattern of horizontal bands of color. Perspective, or the illusion of receding space, is achieved through the intersection of these horizontals with the diagonal lines of the window frame. The careful placement of a chair, book and trees enhances this illusion of depth.
The empty chair and open book suggest the absence or eventual presence of a solitary figure, creating a mood of quiet anticipation.”