I have been going through some things and
I came upon some of my art books. These are by Andrew Wyeth, The Helga Pictures.
Wyeth spent 15 years drawing and painting his neighbor, Helga Testorf. My book has all 240 works, from the sketches to the completed work. I think they are beautiful. These are some of my favorites.
The memories this brought back to me .....the afternoon hours spent in the Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Walker At Center, often with a little boy in tow. I remember my little boy and I going to the High Museum of Art for the China Exhibit in the early ' 80's and how awe-inspiring it was. He was such a good kid, I could take him anywhere and he behaved and actually enjoyed himself. He loved to eat in nice restaurants and we had a monthly event during the summer when he was out of school.
We would go downtown and do some shopping, always stopping at Schinders News Stand so he could get some comics, and then we would go for lunch at The River Room. I guess it's no surprise he ended up a sous chef working in fine dining!
Somehow, looking at this book brought back the memories of these wonderful times with my son. He was my companion for the things I enjoyed. He was exposed to the gentle things in life, which I think was a good thing. Still, he is a crazy sports fan, so I guess I didn't ruin the 'guy' side of him!