Last week my friend Judith showed me how she makes books. It's remarkably satisfying to do and makes me feel like a craftsman! I can now make lovely little sketchpads in whatever format I fancy. I made myself another watercolour pad in a longer format, which is just right for capturing the figure. This is the first painting in the new book and it sets a high standard to follow! I've always liked this composition for female portraits and this is one of the best I've done. As always the picture is about the moment of drawing, the evening and the connection with the model. Lots of variables but when it all gels this is what happens! I can only look on with wonder and hope it happens again.