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Stepping Back From the Seurat–Literally

October 8, 2011 3 comments

Those of you who know me well have heard me use the metaphor stepping back from the Seurat. I made it up and it works well for me when I realize I’m too far up in the details and can’t see the big picture. I wrote about the concept in my post, An Electrical Socket Made Me Cry.

Today, for the first time ever, I was literally able to step back from a Seurat,specifically, The Circus.  (And a  whole room of them at the Musee d’Orsay!) It was really incredible, especially because I got to share it with Liam. I had him stand really close to see the dots, then we stepped back together to take in the whole picture. The coolest part about it for me was that Liam thought it was cool too! I wasn’t sure if he’d be into it, but I loved that he got it!

I also got to see two of Van Gogh’s self portraits and Church at Auvers. That got my Van Gogh and my Dr. Who fix on. It was entrancing and heartbreaking to see those thick strokes of paint up close and think about the poor tortured genius who made them.

Speaking of Dr. Who, we also stepped into this great comic book/sci fi shop in St. Germaine called Album. They had a fantastic collection of figurines that included the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and Han Solo in carbonite bookends. Liam got the LEGO Star Wars Character Encyclopedia and his first comic book ever–also Star Wars.

It was a fantastic day out with my boys. One I will definitely remember.