Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Discovering Art

It's a bitter cold last night of the year here in Comstock Park. Seven miles south in Grand Rapids they're all celebrating, dancing in the streets and skating to live music with the ball dropping at midnight. (NYC has nothing on us.) We are home hunkered down, John doing a crossword out in the living room and me . . . well, I should be doing some serious writing. Instead, I'm surfing the Internet. One thing leads to another and I discover the English painter Holman Hunt, who died in 1910 at 83. He's known for a lot of interesting pieces, this one being my favorite: "Tuscan girl plaiting straw." What I would give to paint like that.