I was trying to remember all of the grocery items for my weekly shopping. Sometimes I just try to remember everything but today I decided to make an actual list. Of course I doodle while I think so that’s why this little sweet forlorn appearing girl “appeared” out of my doodle brain onto my grocery list. I’ve been experimenting lately with portraiture. Next I want to paint an undone blurry and sketchy portrait. I think I this little one needs to be painted.

I’ve been painting in oils and wanted to do some portraiture practice. This 1893 painting made this famous painter – famous! I didn’t do her exactly carbon copy. But I did practice doing the initial sketch with the oil paints instead of pencil in a (new for me) blocking in technique. Then I went about paintings shapes and darks and lights. Anyhow I like this painting. It is a limited palette in lemon yellow alizarin crimson cadmium red ivory black ultramarine blue and titanium white. I love how these colors blended. I couldn’t see well enough to make out the Japanese letters on the wallpaper so I just looked up some a b c’s and that’s basically what it is. I plan to try more portraits. Next I plan to try another famous painter TBD.