This gentleman at 7-11 was kind enough to allow me to take his photo knowing my hope was to paint it. Been trying to catch him for days now.

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An immigrant from India, I first met him at my closest 7-11 right after the new year when he started. He was so energetic and happy.


He works graveyard most nights, and I have seen him attacked, almost robbed at gun point, constantly shoplifted from as he works all night, 6 nights a week, by himself.

I have tried to cheer him up, or offer alternates so many times. I have almost stopped. I am so glad he agreed to this. Not sure the affect, but he was pleased when I showed him the 1st layer.

Took this just as the morning started. Had him print and sign the back.

  • Orig pic for 7-pr11son
    Orig pic for 7-pr11son

Laid down water wax. Water soluble pastels, and ket it soak for several hours in the moist wax inbedding the pigment in the coarse pastel paper.

Then I rubbed Munkyo oil Pastels ontop of the wax using a rubber spatula, then lightly scraped it off. Touched up the lines and gently rubbed in some more was to smooth out the scraping lines.

I will wait a couple of hours, finish touching it up, then all done!

I am glad it captured how I have witnessed him withdraw into himself, I left the 1st lines that I you come to as you look at his surroundings edged and well defined. He knows where his “prison” is. Beyond the “bars”, everything becomes a miasma of undefined potential, that fades into the unknown darkness of the future.

He is a smart young man. I dislike watching his spirit melt like slowburning candles. Hmm, perhaps I ought to reconsider telling him all of this? Seems prudent to allow his right to interpret for hu himself.

1st Color app 7-11prison
1st Color app 7-11prison