Samuel Gray Art


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The Working Man

This portrait is of my friend's grandfather. My friend asked me if I would do a drawing of his grandfather as a tribute to his family and his grandfather. I have been staring at this drawing for a handful of months. Long enough to wonder what he is thinking. I've even practiced his pose a few times, but I can't seem to muster up the sophisticated demeanor he has. The original photo of him was taken in some business meeting and he definitely looks like he's ready to say something that moves a mountain. I also have thought about his life and what he did to provide for his children, the hard work he had to endure, and the influence he has had on his children and grandchildren. I don't think he was only a thinker as this picture depicts, but a hard worker. A scripture that came to mind about hearing and doing of the word is in James 1:25 and it reminded me of him, 

"But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing."

I know the context is talking about hearing the word of God and being obedient to it, but also correlates to what it means to be a working man. He seemed to be someone that has lived a life not only a thinker, but a doer. To not only hear the word, but a doer of the word. A dreamer who lives out his dreams. I know these things about him because I know his grandchildren. And they want something to remember him and his influence. I've already learned something from him.

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