the power of art

August 15, 2022  •  4 Comments

The third Monday in August.  A time when many students are headed back to school while some in the northern hemisphere are enjoying the final days of their summer vacations.  But regardless of where you are on this planet, it has been quite the week as far as politics, climate change and the world condition are concerned.   Perhaps some solace might be appropriate.

For years, people have waxed poetic or railed against art.  Oscar Wilde, in the preface to The Picture of Dorian Gray (consider the context) "All art is quite useless."  But the quotation from John F. Kennedy in October of 1963 at Amherst College seems to aptly fit these times.  "When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations.  When power narrows the areas of man's concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of his existence.  When power corrupts, poetry cleanses, for art establishes the basic human truths which must serve as the touchstone of our judgment."   The only poetry included here is from nature, specifically flowers.  They can provide solace, a sense of calm, beauty, and sometimes excitement all in the same unfurling of a petal.  One of this summer's columbine plants is going through a second bloom cycle.  Lucky us! 


There is hardly anything at this time of year (short of the smell of chile roasting), that awakens the senses and spirit like a sunflower.

May art in its many forms, be part of your life this week!


Thanks to the artists and poets all who wrote about last week's blog including Charlie K. C., Lawrence, Victoria, Connie, Steve, TTT, Catherine,

Jean & Sam, Barbara F. R., and Marilyn.

until next Monday,


a passion for the image©



Lawrence Jones(non-registered)
What Steve Immel said!
Steve Immel(non-registered)
First, your cover shot is spectacular! And the ones in the blog are equally wonderful. But today it was your message that shined through. These are the most divided times of my long life and JFK's comments on power and arrogance ring true and are so beautifully written. When was the last time we heard a speech from a political leader that was so elegantly crafted? You'll be forgiven if you say 1963. And of flowers, your "They can provide solace, a sense of calm, beauty, and sometimes excitement all in the same unfurling of a petal." is magical. May I repeat, "all in the same unfurling of a petal." Pure poetry, Daryl.
Dave Okerberg(non-registered)
Wow! Did I ever need this! Thank You, Daryl for the words from JFK and your beautiful Art.
those Latte colored stucco walls are the perfect background for your flower shots. Next, i want you to take all the seed configurations popping forth on the myriad of grasses our amazing rains have brought forth. Wishing you rain this week.
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