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Last weekend we spent some time on a rural property we own in southwest Wisconsin. One morning I bushwhacked to the far corner of the property to pick nettles and came upon two deer in the woods. The doe looked at me curiously for the longest time, even after the buck had gone with a flash of white tail.
I’ve noticed that deer are often quite curious about human visitors to their domain. Last Spring Equinox I attended an early morning ritual in the woods on Rib Mountain near Wausau. On the way back down afterwards we came upon a similar small group of deer. They, too, were extremely curious about these strange creatures on two legs and didn’t seem at all alarmed at our bemused chatting. A cheeky red squirrel’s chatter, however, sent them bounding out of sight!
The collection of Velazquez paintings was truly to die for, too. My favorite was Los Borrachos (The Drunks) – what a study in character!
Ooh – just was looking through my pictures from last June looking for something else and came across this. It’s me next to a bronze statue of a painter by I forget what artist outside the Museo del Prado in Madrid.
I turned forty last February and sometime around my birthday I got a phone call. It was my dad. “How’d you like to go to Spain?” he asked.
Would I ever. So last June we packed our bags and headed to Madrid. I lost no time dragging him to the Prado, where by pure good fortune they had an incredible exhibit of paintings by Joachin Sorollo – a contemporary of Sargent and an amazing painter! The collection of Velazquez paintings was truly to die for, too. My favorite was Los Borrachos (The Drunks) – what a study in character!
We also spent a day in Toledo and saw Gaudi’s fabulous Sagrada Familia cathedral and the Picasso Museum in Barcelona.
I didn’t have much time to paint, but it didn’t matter – it was a feast for the eyes!