This portrait was painted from life as was the case with all of the figurative work in my Rorschach paintings. I prepared the blot in my studio. The model posed for a life drawing session at the Alexandria Art League in Virginia. I did not plan the colors of this painting. They were actually an outcome of the random features of Rorschach painting. There is a lot of trial and error involved in preparing the water color paint for blotting. I never really know the ratio of water to paint in my mixes. It is hard to control the amount of pigment. When I prepared this blot I was in the mood for deep permanent rose tones and intense cerulean blues. However, I ended up with much softer hues that reminded me of baby colors which I found appealing. At the same time, the portrait is not particularly maternal. The viewer is presented with a contradiction to resolve.