A few months ago while visiting Alicia at Prunus I clicked over to a blog she was recommending. Jorge Bayo, writes beautifully. His prose is poetic, lyrical and from the heart. I was immediately enthralled and added him to my blog list. In addition to being a wonderful wordsmith he is an artist, a painter, which isn't surprising. His medium is watercolor, my favorite. His paintings are soft, sensitive, slightly undefined as watercolor tends to be, somewhat other worldly. A few days ago I hopped over to his latest post which he titled "Parejas Perfectas", (I forgot to mention, Jorge lives in Madrid and writes in Spanish which I am grateful I read and write fluently). The post was about a veterinary clinic in Madrid which needed some fundraising; he volunteered to assist them by donating some watercolors then they would mount an exposition of these, sell them and raise funds that way. Being that this was a veterinary clinic and he is a dog daddy his idea was to take pictures of people with their pets which he would duplicate in watercolor. Here's where this gets really fun, he was asking his readers to email him a picture with their pet, the perfect pairs of the title, and those would be the paintings donated to the clinic. He promised to send a photo of the painting to those he chose to paint. I mulled it over for all of ten seconds thinking what do I have to lose and sent him these two photos of the perfect pairs in my house.
I hit the send button and completely forgot about it.
Three days later I was taken aback when I saw an email come in from him. It was a lovely note saying how he hoped that I liked what he had done and asking permission to publish them on his blog. Imagine that, asking permission to publish his own paintings! He also said they would go on sale at the fundraiser for 50 euro. He said he had been overwhelmed by the response and was exhausted with all the paintings but while doing each one he didn't feel it since he was in such deep concentration. I asked him if he minded that I publish them in my blog which he was more than fine with. Then with some trepidation and more than a little nervous I opened the attachments.
And here they are, the unveiling of my very own Jorge Bayo's!
I am humbled.