Watercolor Figure Painting Irony

Hidden By His Shades
Watercolor on Masa Paper, 10.5×7.5″

We are so happy to we have models who are so reliable. They are hard to find. Most of these people work at other jobs and they come to us tired after working all day. It’s a little extra money for them and a sacrifice too. They give up an evening of relaxation and rest to give us a drawing experience. We are very grateful. This young man comes with retro glasses reminiscent of the glasses worn by elderly men smoking cigars during the 1960s. Think Milton Berle. If you don’t know who that is look him up. He was known as Mr. Television. He was a pioneer of early TV.

This evening our model came in with large sunglasses of the kind my son calls cataract glasses. I associate them with hiding; keeping some aspect of himself to himself. It’s a form of protection. The irony is that he is nude with nothing but his inner self to hide. So what are the sunglasses really for? He may also just been sensitive to the light that evening. As Sigmund Freud said,”Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.” I have another watercolor of him from the same session so stay tuned dear reader.


December 20, 2016