A Blank Page

On our morning visits to Cafe El 90, we had often noticed a man having coffee at a nearby table — sometimes alone and sometimes with one friend or another. After a few times, he and I began to bid each other a quick “buenos días.” It took me months to introduce myself; my less-than-perfect Spanish sometimes holding me back. Finally last week, we (Javier and I) were able to meet for a cup of coffee and some conversation. Javier, it turns out, has been an art gallery manager and curator for much of his professional life.

In the 1980s Javier began to carry around a little red book that he’d share with his artist friends and acquaintances, telling them to  create a work of art on the next available page. The results are astounding. Watercolor, mixed media, collage, pen and ink, pencil, oils, acrylics.

THE BOTTOM BOOK AWAITS…

Javier is now well into Book #2. He only invites “artists” to participate, so I was honored when he showed me my page and told me to create. OK, I was also nervous. But I’ve unpacked my art supplies and I’m already finding inspiration. I look forward to sharing my creation with Javier and, of course, with you. In the meantime, below is a small sampling of the talented company I’ll be keeping. (Click any image for a closer look.)

JAVIER OUT FOR A SPIN WITH “THE KIDS.”

So now all I have to do is — according to Georges Seurat — “bring order to the whole. Through design, composition, tension, balance, light, and harmony.”

Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

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