I have a completely unfounded and yet vivid view of my Hungarian ancestry. This image captures some of that feeling. He emerged on the paper, as did the cat. If anything factual informed this face it was my recollection of my gentled fierce tempered Magyar grandfather. Something of his humor and spirit (or how it affected me) show in this painting. I don't recall him liking cats, though...
Watercolor and pencil - 21 x 15.5 inches.
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By the end of my life I would like to have smiled enough to have crow's feet like these.