"While on a field trip [video style] last week, I could not help but sketch the tour director. I never meant to do more than a sketch. I was inspired to sketch Mystele because of the way her head scarf looked.
When I turned to this page and saw the irregular corner, It made me think of the scarf. While adding paper layers for the background, I found a scrap that said, "I must". I glued it to a corner and kept mulling over these words. "I must" sure sounded like a message from my gut. So, I made a photo copy of the sketch and did a gel transfer, taking advantage of the special corner. While painting this I was thinking about how Mystele made a book with this long format and how it represents her. She is giving us her "words" and so I resisted a closed mouth even though I have never painted someone talking. She is much prettier than I have represented but It was a very quick sketch. More than one field trip made me think about how much I enjoy hands. And so I included her hand from my mind's eye.
The landing of the butterfly was a serendipitous happening and represents me.
The skin tones were achieved mostly with Caran d'ache watercolor crayons.
While looking for my Words, I found I must."