This is one of those memorable stories for me. And I want to share it with you all, it gave me joy and I think it will do the same for you. Art is meant to be shared.
I was painting this face the other day in the coffee shop. Then I noticed a shadow blocking my light so I looked over and there were some people watching what I was doing.
So I wrote on the page, "do you know this man" in Spanish and one child said yes. So I waved them into the cafe and asked if he really knew this man and he said yes and gave me his name.
Then this little 10 year old boy asked me what I was doing and I told him of my Unforgettable Faces Project and that I was taking pictures, painting them, and then giving them back to either the owner of the face or to their families. Out of the mouths of wise and loving children, he said to me," thank you for not forgetting the faces of my people," then he gave me a hug and a kiss, a smile and left.
Sometimes this project is such a gift. It leaves me speechless, humble and with tears in my eyes. It is hard to put words to it.
I have included in this post the layout rough drawing, just for interest.
The Background is collage: Gesso, Windor and Newton Acrylic matte medium, wrapping papers, pages of books and music, Dr Ph Martin hydrus paint, and windsor and newton watercolor markers. Canson multimedia paper A3