Eyes That Have Seen Too Much

I don’t usually do political art, but this watercolor portrait showed up on my easel as I was working on World Watercolor Month. Later, you’ll see more of the images I’ve been putting together in a collection titled “Faces of Summer”, based loosely on various prompts for the challenge.

As I began painting this portrait, this young child started speaking to me, telling me of all the violence and hatred he’s seen this summer. I had no choice but to let him speak.

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“Eyes That Have Seen Too Much” – Watercolor by Judith Kraus

Regardless of where you stand on the political spectrum, I know we can agree that too many children have died as a result of violence. Please, can we do better?


    1. Thank you. I hope those eyes do express the concerns children have today. I intentionally left them almost “unfinished” — making them as child-like as I could. This child was definitely speaking to me as I painted him.

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    1. Thank you. Little by little I’m finding things that work for me with watercolor. I still have my share of frustrations, but I have a better understanding of what I like and don’t like, and at least some understanding of how to achieve certain effects. 🙂


  1. Very nice use of watercolors, Judith. Unfortunately, children being the saddest situation, there’s just too much violence in this world. No matter the cliche– why can’t we all just get along. Peace.

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