Bo Bartlett

Sep 19
'Summer of 14' (detail. in progress)

'Summer of 14' (detail. in progress)


Sep 15
studio 9.15.15  (at wheaton island)

studio 9.15.15 (at wheaton island)


Sep 14
detail from a tiny diptych in progress ‘Establishing Shot and Epilogue’ 9.14.14

detail from a tiny diptych in progress ‘Establishing Shot and Epilogue’ 9.14.14


Sep 11
'Damascus Road' 1988 oil on linen (detail) #tbt

'Damascus Road' 1988 oil on linen (detail) #tbt


Sep 9

Be Kind

"Not merely because Henry James said
there were but four rules of life—
be kind be kind be kind be kind— but
because it’s good for the soul, and,
what’s more, for others; it may be
that kindness is our best audition
for a worthier world, and, despite
the vagueness and uncertainty of
its recompense, a bird may yet wander
into a bush before our very houses,
gratitude may not manifest itself in deeds
entirely equal to our own, still there’s
weather arriving from every direction,
the feasts of famine and feasts of plenty
may yet prove to be one, so why not
allow the little sacrificial squinches and
squigulas to prevail? Why not inundate
the particular world with minute particulars?
Dust’s certainly all our fate, so why not
make it the happiest possible dust,
a detritus of blessedness? Surely
the hedgehog, furling and unfurling
into its spiked little ball, knows something
that, with gentle touch and unthreatening
tone, can inure to our benefit, surely the wicked
witches of our childhood have died and,
from where they are buried, a great kindness
has eclipsed their misdeeds. Yes, of course,
in the end so much comes down to privilege
and its various penumbras, but too much
of our unruly animus has already been
wasted on reprisals, too much of the
unblessed air is filled with smoke from
undignified fires. Oh friends, take
whatever kindness you can find
and be profligate in its expenditure:
It will not drain your limited resources,
I assure you, it will not leave you vulnerable
and unfurled, with only your sweet little claws
to defend yourselves, and your wet little noses,
and your eyes to the ground, and your little feet.”

"Be Kind" by Michael Blumenthal, from No Hurry. © Etruscan Press, 2012.


Sep 8
The Moon 4:25 am Monday September 8, 2014 #nofilter #iphone  (at wheaton island)

The Moon 4:25 am Monday September 8, 2014 #nofilter #iphone (at wheaton island)


Sep 1
In honor of #LaborDay ‘The Forge - Swords to Plowshares’ 2008 Washington DC

In honor of #LaborDay ‘The Forge - Swords to Plowshares’ 2008 Washington DC


Aug 28
Andrew Wyeth from ‘SEE - an art road trip’ playing Sunday at 2 at the Strand Rockland Maine

Andrew Wyeth from ‘SEE - an art road trip’ playing Sunday at 2 at the Strand Rockland Maine


Aug 17
in progress

in progress


Jul 14
detail from ‘The Light Years’ oil on linen 2011 private collection Prouts Neck Maine

detail from ‘The Light Years’ oil on linen 2011 private collection Prouts Neck Maine


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