Toni Morrison continued...
 
I'm now in the beginning stages of the painting. I forgot to photograph the previous steps. I sketched the portrait out on watercolor paper which I glued to a piece of cardboard, then glued to my "canvas". I'm now building up the color in washes, slowly adding details as I go. This process is day and slow at the same time, depending on how wet the paper is to begin with. In the close-up on the bottom, you can see bleeds and blooms in the color. That is the result of putting wet paint onto wet paper. The areas where the color is more blocky, I've allowed the paper to dry and have used a brush loaded with paint, but also a little on the dry side. The middle panel shows some items I've been playing with lately. I got these cool moulds with all kinds of shapes, including keys. I chose them because Toni Morrison's work unlocked doors for many writers today.