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Inspired by Rubik
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You can look at a picture for a week and never think of it again. You can also look at a picture for a second and think of it all your life. ―  Joan Miro

When I first read this quote, the picture that came to my mind was  a tiny painting of squares I saw at the house of two Canadian women living in San Cristobal de Las Casas in 1999. One was the artist. At the time, I was a beginning painter concentrating on figurative art. But that tiny painting stirred something in me. 

 

While I was looking, the artist came up behind me and said "That's a portrait of San Cristobal." Inside, I rolled my eyes, but I never forgot that painting.

For the next fifteen years I painted many figures and landscapes, but I would often try, at the end of my painting sessions, to make an interesting composition with  tiny squares. The results were always too embarrassing to display. 

 

In 2015, I switched to geometric abstracts and even made paintings with squares, but only when I made the tiny squares on this painting, was I transported back to that moment in San Cristobel when I thought, "I love those!" 

acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas, 19.5x19.5x1.5in / $790

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