I sometimes see people that look so interesting that I want to paint them. I’ve been to shy to ask, but last week, I saw a man and I did it — I asked a stranger if I could take a picture of him so I could paint him. He said that’d be fine. We exchanged phone numbers so I could text him the work when I finished it.
Here’s the photo:
Here’s a sketch I did to get a good feel for the structure of his face:
And here is the painting. It’s 8×10″. I was thinking a lot about how Black people, and Black men in particular, are still the target of so much violence from white people. How all of us have to fight racism and violence. So while I painted, I decided to turn him into a saint. We are all in this together, we can all be saints. It’s not a perfect likeness, but I enjoyed painting him.
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