THE SURPRISE OF ART

Is there any greater joy than the experience of deep knowing? When you step through the bottom of familiar into wonder and bliss. Megan Mecado A painting took me by surprise just now. I’d moved it to photograph it and then someone arrived so I rushed out to open the gate, leaving the painting propped up. When I came back in I’d forgotten about it and so as, a bit later, I walked past it, it caught my eye. In a flash of recognition mixed with unfamiliarity and surprise I saw how it lit up the room . . . and my senses. That’s the very special thing about a painting you like. It may become like an old friend – there for you, comforting, a place of well-remembered pleasure to rest your eyes on

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