Just off the Colon Plaza, straight east past the Pizzerella pizza parlor, Juan shows up to work every day.

He says he has been an artist since he was a little boy, teaches at the college part time, and makes his living as an artist. He works deliberate. Watercolors demand precision, a good sense not to let the brush stay too long in one place, be too wet or have too much color in the bristles. Watercolors can be quirky, like water itself.

Juan’s items for sale include originals, but, also popular, are postcards he runs off in series of 100 and sells three for $10.00 U.S. His prints are of scenes one sees in the Zona Colonia – the Cathedral, the Plaza Espana, the Parque Colon, the Alcazar de Don Colon.

Juan remembers me from our earlier conversation, takes the time to make a special carrying pocket for my postcards, carefully recording his name and instagram gallery url.

I think of Carlos Paez Valario, the Uruguay artist and Roberto Ibarra, in Montevideo.

I think of the Cerulean Gallery in Amarillo.

I think of street art all over the world.

Juan’s works are a combination of creative spirit tempered by the hands of a draftsman.

The medium you work in makes demands on you and helps determine your product.

Scotttreks postcards average two hundred words each.

You can’t say too much in two hundred words but you never want to say too little.


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