by John J.
Last week I was in Orlando, Florida and decided to eat dinner around the corner from my hotel at Café Tu Tu Tango, a tapas restaurant at which I had eaten several years ago with my family. The cool thing about this restaurant is that in addition to good food, they have the work of local artists hanging all over their walls. There is also a studio set up right in the middle of the restaurant where artists actually work.
Now I am not a huge collector of art, more just a consumer of art as I have bought a few pieces for other people or for filling just the right spot in the house. But on Wednesday night, one painting caught my eye and it happened to be the work of an artist who was creating in the studio in that moment. I looked at the painting, watched the artist for a minute, looked at the painting again, and returned to my seat. Not five minutes later, I went back and looked at the painting again, had a brief conversation with the artist about it, and then bought it. It was kind of weird how it just meant something to me immediately. I shared a photo of the painting. [...]