Welcome to post 1 for YBOR city in Tampa, FL. Some of my cousins live in Tampa and it is always fun to visit them. On this trip, cousin G brought us to YBOR city.
Here is the lady who works at one of the most famous cigar shops in YBOR. It was pretty smoke hazed in there and she said it did not bother her at all. My cousin found a table on the outside patio to smoke his cigar, and while he and my momma chatted and drank cuban coffee – I took a walk (to get away from the second-hand smoke on the patio) and started taking some street shots.
Hand rolled cigars in the window on a rainy night… linked to N’s texture challenge.
…sweetheart of a guy…
Author note: this photo was updated thanks to Feedback from restless Jo. Linked to P’s TS HERE
This photo was updated (thank u CP4) – and if you want to contact the artist Jose M., please visit his Facebook page at Jose M. Tampa Artist 🙂
Jose told me that he made three of these “ accordion man photo-paintings“- I have a picture of the second one (below) and the first one already sold. This one called to me. The loose fingers in the clean, soft, open hand at the base of the accordion adds some finesse – gives us a relaxed feel. The fingers on the keys, with warm skin tone, suggests some culture rich song might be playing. The musician’s outfit adds much as well: the fedora is a nice touch – the cream color of the hat coordinates well with the cream in the framed doorway. The fedora also has a fun feel with the camo-pants and high-tops. Then… a bright blue shirt- and blue of the accordion -brings our eye back to the blue in the pathway, which Jose made into chunky blocks of gray, black, and rich blue. The doors to the back—– well, for those of us who love doors—- this weathered beauty has been enriched with Jose’s photo paint to whisper of a laid back, older neighborhood that maybe sits right outside of YBOR city. Maybe this is a place where people sit and get lost in their music playing – where people chill on small doorsteps surrounded by rich wood with enough space to feel alive in the soul. Oh, and the line of the hat has some harmony with the grid in the foreground path and line in the step tiles – along with the abstract lines and shapes in the wood and pants – ti all works for me. I could go on, but I will wrap it up with a big gracias to Jose.
This is 1 of the 3 accordion player art pieces Jose M. created. Notcie the pathway is different- and the farm to the door is different) – He framed with IKEA frames and priced these gems to sell!
Izzy’s beautiful hair reminded me of JNW’s mauve color this week.
Misc. shots from the Wandering Eye Art Gallery ( here)
In closing, here is
Los Lonely Boys with Cisco Kid – I think it kind of fits the mood of this post.
Happy Friday everyone – and have you bought any art form a local artist lately? If you have not, I would like to encourage you to keep your eyes out for nicely priced pieces that can enrich your life while they support the artist…
A couple more YBOR city posts coming soon…