Friday July 16th, 2004 – A friend of mine from the gym, Luis, invited us over for dinner at his home. Previously, Luis had told me that he was an artist and I asked to see his artwork, so he invited me over one day. I was blown away, I really loved his art. He then told me of the different exhibits that he has been in, he didn't tell me he was "famous", who'd a thunk it?
He has a wide variety of styles and also makes sculptures with antique toys which are really cool and fun. He gave Ron a tour of his apartment, every room filled with his artwork and artwork of friends, toys, works in progress. Then after the other guests arrived, once everyone had a glass of wine, he gave us a little show, showing us 15 or so of his paintings. Most of them are quite large, although he has smaller canvases also. One picture really caught my eye, but I didn’t want to say anything to him since we were in a social setting.
We then moved to the kitchen for dinner, Luis’ apartment is odd in that there is an outside hallway that is open to the elements, to get from one room to another, you have to go outside. This may not be so bad in summer, but the winters here can get a bit chilly. We all scurried along the balcony to get to the kitchen as it was pretty cold that evening. Can’t imagine having to go outside in the morning to get my first cup of coffee!
For dinner, Luis had cooked some small pumpkins and then filled them with a meat stew, a wonderful meal for winter, you could scrap up the pumpkin to eat along with the stew, very yummy. Dessert was lemon sherbet, mixed with pieces of orange, Luis previously put the mixture into the empty hollowed out oranges and put them in the freezer, so you ate them out of the orange shells at dessert, a wonderful presentation and the sour lemon mixed with the orange flavor was a really nice combination.
Luckily we brought scarves, hats and gloves for the very brisk 20 minute walk home.
Saturday July 17th, 2004 – I talked with Ron about the painting that I liked at Luis’ and Ron agreed that it was his favorite also. I emailed Luis to let him know we were interested in it and to ask the price.
Sunday July 18th, 2004 – Luis emailed back with the price of the painting, Ron and I talked it over and agreed that it was a fair price. I emailed Luis back with the good news that we’d love to have his art in our home.
Monday July 19th, 2004 – Luis delivered the painting, it looked fantastic in the house.
The painting is large, 1.5 meters square. We took it from room to room, seeing where it might look best. I just propped it against the wall in the living room and stood back to admire it.
He explained that when he was running low on money, he didn't have enough money to even buy canvas, and once he was looking up a friend’s number in the phone book and discovered, FREE PAPER, he said he started painting on the paper, then cutting out the figures, this gave him the idea for his paintings. You can see the phone numbers on the close-ups.
Friday July 23rd, 2004 – Ron’s birthday was the following day and we were going to have friends over for a dinner, so I asked Ron to hang the painting. It looks great in the master bedroom and of course the nosey cats had to supervise and get under our feet.
Gratuitous Cat Shot! - Loretta
The closets are all mirrored
Gratuitous Cat Shot! Scarlett