Alice watches hockeyPosted: February 21, 2014
The great thing about my dog Alice is that she loves to watch sports, especially Olympic events. I sketched her just after Canada scored a goal in the hockey game.
On another note, I was listening to the CBC radio show Tempo on my way home from work today. There’s a segment on the show called Music that rocked your world. It’s a bit of an odd title considering that it’s a classical music show, but never mind that. I love listening to it because people write in about pieces of music they feel connected to. That got me thinking about our emotional reaction to art. Do you have a painting or work of art that you feel strongly about? That makes you want to cry when you look at it? That you could stare at for hours and never tire of it? One painting that does that for me is John Singer Sargent’s Gourds. I had only studied it in reproductions until last year when it was on display at the Brooklyn Museum. Of course seeing the real watercolour is nothing like looking a print. Almost abstract in nature, it’s a brilliant mix of transparent and opaque bits and the longer you look at it the less you understand about how it was painted. A magical work. If there’s a painting or drawing that you never get tired of looking at, or that brings tears of joy to your eyes, let me know. I’d love to hear.