When I got back and started going through my photos I was a little overwhelmed with where to start. So many beautiful images! So I pulled out this photo of her:
and did this quick pencil sketch in my sketchbook:
And I thought it might make a nice little portrait.
The technique I'm using is called grisaille. I used only black and white paint. Once this bottom layer dries I'm going to glaze some colors over the top of it. My fingers are crossed that it turns out. I don't want to ruin what I've already done. I promise to post the result here in a week or two.
I also want to share the portrait I painted, over ten years ago, of her father.
He was 10 years old when I last saw him (prior to this visit). I thought he was a wonderful and affectionate boy and he has grown into an amazing young man, willing to pose for me under a palm tree on the same beach.
And . . . one last photo for this post (I'm sure I'll be posting more of Cuba as I work on paintings.) Probably my favorite of the whole trip.
Me and my grandson.