"Art comes alive in the arguments you have about it." Banksy.
Yes, I admit that I go to Key West for the same reasons everybody goes-the Mojito's, the sunsets, the music and the incredible freak show that is the everyday spectacle. But what I really love is the back to back art galleries. Everything from local to fine art can be admired and in my case, lusted after. Years ago the very first 'real' piece of art Randy and I ever purchased was in Key West. It was a big deal for us and I still adore the piece.
This year, while perusing a gallery, we spotted this pic of the classic Ernest Hemingway pose. Not my usual taste; this one really caught my eye. While Ernest is not my favorite author-his style is too masculine-he means something entirely different to me. Ernest represents years of attending the Ernest Hemingway Week, where I participated in readings, running of the bulls, contests, etc. Whooping it up in Sloppy Joe's where this very image can be found. We both knew that this piece was our next purchase. Securing Ernie in the truck, we made our way to Blue Heaven, the place we celebrated our last art purchase. And then we took him home.
At our condo, Ernest proudly greets you and is probably the first thing you notice when you walk in. He sits on a wall between a large tarpon mount and a big marlin mount. How perfect that the Old Man and the Sea sits between the fish he loved to pursue.
We've gotten mixed reactions on our choice. Some love him, some are neutral and some have questioned our taste. But who cares? Art is in the eye of the beholder and we love it!