The muse and the old artist
I had arranged for this very special model and my very old friend of 91 years old to work together. He invited me to join so I witnessed this special meeting.
He used to be a well known scientist who, in retirement, dedicated much of his time to life drawing and painting female models. Now, at this very old age, his vision only 15%, he still enjoys these moments. He sees just a blur. But he knows she is beautiful, maybe picks up some of her aura and he hears her warm voice.
It was a memorable sight: one of my favorite muses, vulnerable and gorgeous, and my old artist friend, one foot in the grave. My model friend being a muse for an almost blind man and, just by being there, enriching his life.
He is also lucky to still have his wife (married for 60 years) who, like my girlfriend for me, knows this makes him happy and supports his art.
Old age, decay, youth, beauty, life.
Does she realize the energizing effect she has on him (and on me)?
I recognize much of myself in this man. I hope his vision doesn't deteriorate further.
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