The Philosopher

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The Philosopher

The Philosopher is was a fun piece to complete. It was a challenge, because typically with watercolor paintings I add gradual layers of shading for safety reasons, whereas this time I depended a lot on lifting the paint off an already dark surface. I wanted to capture the dramatic lighting that illuminates his face, but leave much of this piece ambiguous, inviting the viewer to more closely examine the thoughts of the man in the painting.