Happy dayPosted: May 6, 2014
One of the wonderful benefits of keeping a sketchbook is that not only do you have a visual record of a place that is often more evocative than a photo, but the sketch may also bring back associations — good or bad — of how you were feeling while you were drawing. Today I was visiting one of my students who is doing an internship at a downtown company, and we took a little time to sit together after my visit to chat in sunny Place Jacques Cartier while I drew and he ate his lunch. For me this sketch of the Nelson monument is not at all about the drawing, but rather about the feeling of immense pride I had because this young man — and in fact all the students I have visited in the past week or two — are so successful in their internships. I don’t want to get sentimental but that is a pretty great feeling for a teacher to have. To know that students you have been teaching for many years are well on their way in the world. It kept a smile on my face for the rest of the day. Or maybe it was just that spring has finally arrived in Montreal. Either way it was a happy day.