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If a Clear Delight Visits You: Marsden Hartley, Modernist Painter and Poet
Another photo from my and Stratoz’s trip to the Philadelphia Art Museum, of Marsden Hartley’s Sextant. I knew Hartley’s name, but as as poet, not a painter, from my days of writing poetry and going to school for an MFA. The sextant reminded me of Stratoz’s drafting tools, many of which came from his father, a draftsman(who learned Autocad in his 60’s so he could keep working), especially the compass. Both a sextant and a compass have a moveable limb, and can measure angles, though sextants are for navigation, and compasses for drawing, but both are a way of finding our way and knowing the world. Stratoz made a video of his doodling, which starts with a compass. His stained glass arose from a desire to take his doodles and incarnate them in glass. I love watching Stratoz draw, as he spins the paper, and the lines blossom.
Here is a poem by Marsden Hartley, which originally appeared in Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936). Poetry: A Magazine of Verse, 1920.
Wow, great music to go with the drawings. It was like watching a silent movie.
Great video and I agree with the other post that the music works great. Love the bright orange colors in the painting, very beautiful!
I like that his dad learned CAD so he could keep working – pretty smart. My dad worked up until he passed – 82 years – so even tho he retired at 62, he promptly went out and found another job. Good thing since he worked another 20 years. LOVE the poem and the video – so cool
p.s. I forgot! May I just say WOW on the doodles and drawing? I kept leaning my head over trying to see past his fingers to see what was coming out of his pen… amazing!