Here's the latest mixed media portrait in my journal. I decided to try going a slightly different direction and paint a woman of color just to see if I could since the class didn't address doing anything like that. At first I thought it was going to be a disaster and I was ready to toss it, but I kept adding layers and finally she started peeking through and the portrait emerged from the page. I learned a lot. I'm still kind of slow at this, but since it's not a race, that's okay. The quote surrounding her is from Walt Whitman: "Re-examine all you have been told -- dismiss what insults your soul." That's pretty much what I'm doing with my art -- dismissing that part of the past which was hurtful and making my own reality. Hope you enjoy this painting.