This is officially my FIRST ever portrait painting! I am really happy with it. At first I had painted a very bright sunset but it just didn’t suit the old lady. The sun took away from her and created another focal point which was not my intention. I then had the same dilemma as last time in my journal art, what goes in the background? This image was meant to speak for itself I didn’t want countryside, birds, flowers or wallpaper detracting from her. So in the end I decided to match the middle tone so the image would be more harmonized. Personally I think it really works. Now when I look at the image I feel calm, relaxed and intrigued by the woman’s life. Who is she? Was she effected by the cultural revolution? Does she have any regrets? Where is her family? What is she thinking right at this moment?