As I wandered through the rows of artwork, I was particularly struck by the work of Armando Pedroso which included gorgeous abstracts somewhere between painting and sculpture with luscious colors and a finish so deep you felt like you could fall into it. (He tops his paintings with 60 coats of lacquer!)
I stopped to ask him about the process of coating he used and he proceeded to tell me in detail what to use and how to use it. We talked for quite some time and I raved over a particular piece that called to me even though it was out of my budget. As I was starting to leave, he invited me to take pictures. When I expressed surprise and mentioned all the "No photos" signs I had seen, he told me that his philosophy was to share as much as possible because so much had been shared with him.
I like the idea of generous creativity. Nothing is truly original anyway, we all build on what has gone before us, or what nature has been doing for millennia. And every idea or piece of information that pours through us is processed through our own filters, experiences, skills and perspectives so it all comes out unique anyway. There are people who will copy and steal but if we spend our time and energy trying to block them, we'll only derail our own creativity. Better to just keep moving forward and stay three steps in front of anyone trying to mimic us.
Anyway, check out Armando's work. Only after I returned home and went to his website, did I get a little more of his backstory. He states:
Sometimes playful, gritty or with an urban feel, my paintings capture the essence of what an individuals dream might look like if inspired to take that leap of faith.
The attached image is the one I fell in love with. I tried to get rid of all the reflected images but obviously I didn't. Makes me wonder what those folks with the "no photos" signs are so worried about. Unless someone came along with professional lighting and gear, the conditions would have made it very hard to take a commercially useable photo.