Day 182: Something Beautiful—Thomas and Steven

Something Beautiful is a self-imposed initiative to find a visual feast for each day of a year.

The 30th of June is an auspicious day in my life. The birthdays of my brother, Steve, and my second son, Thomas. Both important men in my life. Happy birthday to you both.

I became pregnant with Thomas after my second trip to New York and first introduction to Isamu Noguchi during a memorable trip with dear family members Bernie, Tracy, and Richard Reed. Bernie is an accomplished glass artist and Richard, a wonderful photographer. Traveling with artists is different than traveling with others. What is seen on such a trip is more central, more intense, more evocative. My mind is still filled with vivid images so many years later and many have to do with the Noguchi museum.

Noguchi, a Japanese-American artist and landscape architect, was a modernist who drew beautiful shapes from both cultures of his heritage. The result. Sculpture, both purely aesthetic and functional, lovely curves in statues, gardens, and playscapes. Twenty-four years after seeing it for the first time, my mind conjures clear images of the Noguchi sculpture garden at his museum in Queens, New York. Amazing. Peaceful and inspiring. In September, I will return with three women in tow—artists and friends—artisti e amici.


About vbassoc

Donna Van Bogaert is a researcher and consultant in the field of cognitive styles, health communication, and organizational communication and behavior. Her business, Van Bogaert & Associates, Inc., specializes in cognitive-based coaching, management consulting, and leadership development. When the winds are blowing her way, she travels and talks about workplace potential and creative problem solving. In another life, Donna sings jazz. For a very long time, she fronted two 18-piece big bands —All That Jazz (Madison, WI) and The Gardenia Big Band (Rockford, IL). She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where, in a third parallel universe, she leads a media branch of a national research institute. Mostly she has returned to painting, poetry, and plotting the next chapter of her life.
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One Response to Day 182: Something Beautiful—Thomas and Steven

  1. Chas Spain says:

    The work is so strong and beautifully set against the green backdrop. A nice recollection too – my husband and baby brother share a birthday and it does feel more auspicious for that.

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