This week I emulated the post-impressionist style of Georges Seurat (1859-1891), who died when he was only 31 years old. The impact he had on the world of painting and color theory in his short time on Earth is impressive. Trained classically in France, and influenced by the Impressionist movement, Seurat took painting to a new level with what he called Neo-Impressionism. Today we refer to Seurat as a Post-Impressionist, or, more exacting, a pointillist. Pointillism is the use of small dots to make up the images on the canvas. The small dots blend in the viewer’s eye, yet not on the surface. Seurat’s most famous piece, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte (1884 – 1886) took two years to complete. He worked in a small studio only slightly larger than his canvas, which was 10 feet wide. This piece was rejected by the Salon de Paris (the art “authority” of the period), but he submitted it to an independent show across the street from the Salon known as the Societe des Artistes Independants, which Seurat formed a few years earlier. The concept of Pointillism was instrumental in the history of art, and Seurat, who was truly a remarkable artist, although short lived, lives on in his work. I call this painting Pint of Pale Ale on a Balcony Bannister.