I am back to portraits again. This is the motif I am working on now. I drew the drawing last year and did the painting shortly after that. I am trying to get more of these done as I love the pose. The brush strokes used are also quick and as few as possible ... similar to traditional chinese ink painting. The space and color are important as well. There is the Japanese "Notan" effect: a balance between lighter shades placed next to darker shades. Additionally, there is a balance of painted space and unpainted space.