Last fall Mercedes Blanco and I were introduced, via email, by Eduardo Alvarado, an artist living near to Logroño. I was looking for studio space and also someone to have an "intercambio" with. Intercambios are common here among ex-pats wanting to practice their Spanish. A fair exchange, one-half hour conversation in Spanish, the other half in English.
After our first few meetings I realized that we not only shared a desire to learn each others' language but also shared the language of art and a certain way of looking at the world. Our small talk included big talk about painters, writers, philosophy and I am grateful to have met someone here who is interested and engaged in the life of the artist on a daily basis.
Mercedes' paintings follow the path of the Abstract Expressionists. Emotional, strong color put down in a gestural manner suggesting the landscape. Her blog - www.descubriendocolores.blogspot.com
contains this quote from the Prologue of the 1967 Autobiography of Bertrand Russell:
"Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge and an unbearble pity for the suffering of mankind. These three passions, like great winds have blown me hither and thither, in a wayward course over a deep ocean of anguish, reaching to the very verge of despair. (...)