For this Inspired Monday, I was all set to do a post about an artist whose work I had been following for several years now. I went to his webpage to decide which paintings I would feature…and it’s gone. Looks like he’s stopped renewing it. It was here in January…and now, not.
Still, I love the work, so I’m not going to let a little thing like that get in the way of making it my Inspired Monday pick. So, ladies and germs, here is…Juan Vela!
I was on a trip to visit my dad in Corpus Christi almost six years ago, and I saw one of Juan Vela’s paintings in the Art Center of Corpus Christi. I was blown away and almost wanted to buy one right then, except I knew it wouldn’t fit in my suitcase (also, I was an intern at the time and had no money).
|“Flood of Spirituality”|
|“Conspiracy on an Elegant Landscape”|
When I saw his site was gone, I googled around and didn’t find much…although I did find another artist named Juan Vela, but I assume not the same one, since the style is way different. But then, I checked the Internet Archive and was able to find his old site – you can still view it here. That’s where I re-discovered the wonderful pieces like this:
|“Cracking Under Pressure”|
So let this be a lesson to you: if you like an artist, support them while they’re still around and reachable on the web! Buy prints, or originals, while they’re still available – I don’t know what happened to Juan’s site, or if he’s still doing art, but I kinda wish I’d at least tried to get a painting of his while I could. At the very least, if you like an artist, tell them you’re a fan – trust me, it means the world to us.