I Painted the Guy in the Panama Hat at Epoch

He was reading the newspaper at Epoch

He was reading the paper, and chatting with two girls at Epoch Coffee.  He had his folded hands resting on his forehead for just a few moments – long enough for me to get the gesture. He seemed to be  filled with the youthful optimism that everything will work itself out for the best. But for a moment, with his head in his hands, he exhibited what my niece terms, “The Dark Years of the 20’s”.

I loved his scrawny figure, the nice authentic Panama, and the way that he interacted with his friends. Upon exiting Epoch, he saw that I had painted him. He got a kick out of it. I hope to run into him again. He is a great subject.


  1. Roxy Begonia
    Posted December 9, 2009 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

    This is my son, you sketched him very well! He was most impressed with your sketch and sent photo of it to me. I would love to purchase it, feel free to contact me, we’ll talk. Your depiction of the moment is most accurate too!

    • Posted December 9, 2009 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

      Hi, there.

      Thanks for the feedback – I try my best!
      You must be proud; he has such a spark.
      I don’t sell the paintings at this point. Feel free to take the image off the blog, though.

      Thanks again,


  2. Posted December 12, 2009 at 6:54 am | Permalink

    dark years of the 20’s, nicely illustrated

  3. Posted January 19, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    Great work, great ideas. It’s gotta be a challenge getting everything down live, quickly. But there’s less editing, I bet and less of the mind’s “critic” yapping away at you. keep it up!

    • Posted January 19, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

      Hi, Scott.

      Thank you. I’ll have to go and look at your blog and see what you’re up to. Right now, I have to cook dinner 🙂

      Love the name of your blog.

      • Posted January 21, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

        Thanks Lavanna!
        I’ll keep tabs on your work, see what you’re up to.
        Stop by Art au Gratin any time!

      • Posted January 22, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

        Hi, Scott.

        If you don’t mind, leaving a comment is the way to remind me to pop over to artaugratin.wordpress.com. Otherwise, I forget.


  4. Posted January 20, 2010 at 3:35 am | Permalink

    My favourite of them all. Great work, keep it up!

    • Posted January 20, 2010 at 8:55 am | Permalink

      Hi, Citizen Pete.

      The photo of the clouds in Columbia on your blog are incredible.


      • Posted January 20, 2010 at 8:58 am | Permalink

        Hello! Thank you very much, and congrats on a double-featured blog at the WP frontpage! 🙂

  5. Posted January 22, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    I think that this is my favorite of all of your paintings that I have viewed thus far. I love it. Thanks (again haha) for sharing your point of view. Keep it up!


  6. Posted January 22, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

    I shall visit your site then. I need to be reminded to get more immediacy in my work! My paintings tend to have the spontenaiety of a houseplant…….!

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