Young Mike

Today’s watercolor experiment:

My readings about portraiture led me to an interesting experiment yesterday whereby I combined my features with my older brother Mike’s.  This was a bit scary for several reasons: 1) Mike is autistic; 2) he is low functioning 3) he has never spoken; 4) I have never been able to communicate with him; and 5) since we are brothers, am I like him?

Mike was at home until I was 10 years old. We have some pictures of him from then. Even though they are a half century old, they have an impact.

Today I painted a picture of Mike as a young boy:

Watercolor: Portrait - Brother Michael

Young Mike
12″x9″ 140# Cold Pressed Watercolor Block

Here is the snap from the late 1950s or early 1960s:

older autistic sibling

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