Painting of an octopus in coffee
I started #coffeepaintings during #lockdown in South Africa. This one is dedicated to Hugo Victor. He was as much a painter as a writer. He is most famous for his work Les Misérables and The Hunchback of Notre-Dames and considered to be one of the greatest and best-known French writers (1802 -1885, Paris). Victor Hugo made drawings and paintings with coal, dust & … you guessed it: coffee.
He had more than 4000 drawings and paintings, hardly ever shown to the world.
Fun fact number 3:
Hugo worked only on paper, and on a small scale.
Fun fact number 4:
He sometimes drew with his non-dominant hand or when looking away from the page.
Needless to say, the stranger brought the most inspiring message in a very strange time, showing just how connected we all are.
A link to his work revealed the first painting on the article: a painting of an octopus. This mystical creature and symbol has made its way into my life in more than one surprising way and has been incredibly prominent in the last two years. I obviously, on Day 7 of lockdown, I had to paint one too. His name is Victor.