with and without ellsworth kelly

I got acquainted with him  in 1998. It was a summer full of hope and excitement.  Everything seemed possible.

Ellsworth Kelly was so easy to fall in love with -- subtle lines and brave abstractions; quiet pencil sketches next to bold colors. 

(Hopper -- another important American -- came much later and took much longer).  

He used to say that he does not create his works; he finds them. 

He died last night. 

 

I keep flipping through the album that I got at the Met one magic evening during that summer. 

And the happy inscription I left on the first page.

It seems so long ago...