Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Back in the Day
This is just a quick story about the recent change in my header photo. Why the Blue Heaven building you are wondering? When I arrived in Key West in 1985 I was looking for a studio space, my cute little house was only about 600 sq ft so there was no work room. This building was around the corner from my house and it had a small cadre of artists renting studios and living spaces. See that little window on the ground floor above what looks like a bike rack. That was my space, very small and dark, one window facing the street and one door. The rent was $75 a month. I can't really remember why, but over the years, the other artists went away and for years I was the only tenant. Then the building was rented to aspiring restaurant owners and the building became a lively happening place once again. Long story short the restaurant owners bought the building, the neighborhood became trendy, the restaurant decided my space would be perfect for wine storage. I was in that small and wonderful space from 1985 to 1996. So I had a twinge of nostalgia when I was doing the painting.
All those memories.
2016 update: I look at that wonky little watercolor and I'm almost embarrassed by it. But then I think, it shows growth, how cool is that?