This week was busy for me in the best way – on three days I met three different friends for visits. There was a lot of driving involved, but these are people I have known for 12 years, 45 years and 53 years respectively. And because of the distances involved, they are people who I don’t see nearly often enough, so each visit is a special one.
And soon after I returned from one of the visits, I came across this lovely painting by Edwin Holgate (1892-1977). It is titled Two Friends Hooking. Perfect!
Holgate was a prominent Canadian artist, Edwin Holgate was a draftsman, portraitist, landscape and figure painter, printmaker, book illustrator, muralist, war artist, and educator. The National Gallery of Canada notes, “As a central figure in the development of modern art in Canada, Holgate forged his own path balancing traditional and modern stylistic approaches.” He often is referred to as the 8th of Montreal’s “Group of Seven”. If you would like to read more about him, you can read the rest of the National Gallery’s profile about him here.
And as I look back at the year, so many of my strongest memories are of sitting with good friends, hooking, talking, comparing, laughing, and sometimes, like the two women in this painting, quietly hooking together.
So as we come to the end of one year and look forward to the next, let’s remember (and get in touch with) good friends, near and far!