Franz Kafka ~ Metamorphosis
“I cannot make you understand. I cannot make anyone understand what is happening inside me. I cannot even explain it to myself.”
― Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis

Portrait Franz Kafka by Andy Warhol.
Being Alone, Feeling Alone…
“We live as we dream--alone....”
― Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness and the Congo Diary

Emilio Longoni - 1900
Tolkien ~ Remembering Past Seasons
I sit beside the fire and think
Of all that I have seen
Of meadow flowers and butterflies
In summers that have been
Of yellow leaves and gossamer
In autumns that there were
With morning mist and silver sun
And wind upon my hair
I sit beside the fire and think
Of how the world will be
When winter comes without a spring
That I shall ever see
For still there are so many things
That I have never seen
In every wood in every spring
There is a different green
I sit beside the fire and think
Of people long ago
And people that will see a world
That I shall never know
But all the while I sit and think
Of times there were before
I listen for returning feet
And voices at the door”
― J.R.R. Tolkien

Vasilevskoë - Autumn
Wassily Kandinsky - 1903
E.e. Cummings ~ You Are…
“Yours is the light by which my spirit's born: - you are my sun, my moon, and all my stars.”
― E.E. Cummings

Christian Rohlfs,
Dancing around the Ball of the Sun, 1916
Rainer Maria Rilke ~ Evening
Slowly the evening puts on the garments
held for it by a rim of ancient trees;
you watch: and the lands divide from you,
one going heavenward, one that falls;
and leave you, to neither quite belonging,
not quite so dark as the house sunk in silence,
not quite so surely pledging the eternal
as that which grows star each night and climbs-
and leave you (inexpressibly to untangle)
your life afraid and huge and ripening,
so that it, now bound in and now embracing,
grows alternately stone in you and star.
~ Rainer Maria Rilke ~
Claude Monet - 1840-1926 - The sunken road in the cliff at Varangeville - 1882
Henry David Thoreau ~ How Do Most Men Live?
“Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience and Other Essays

Edmund Charles Tarbell (American painter) 1862 – 1938
Interior of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, ca. 1926
Edouard Vuillard ~ The Nabis
Three Women on a Sofa at Clos Cézanne, Vaucresseon
Edouard Vuillard - circa 1921
Grigory Gluckmann ~ The Dressing Room
A painting I love!
Grigory Gluckmann, (Russia, 1898-1973)
The Dressing Room
Salvador Dali ~ On Confusion
"You have to systematically create confusion, it sets creativity free. Everything that is contradictory creates life”
― Salvador Dalí
Photo Dali and his wife Gala
Ferdinand Hodler ~ On Art
"The work of art will bring to light a new order inherent in things...the idea of unity."
Ferdinand Hodler (1853-1918)

The Dream, 1897