Olubunmi , pastel, 30x20" (75x50 cm.) - That's her real name, she's from the African desert, married to a friend's nephew, in France. When I saw her picture, I gasped. I immediately needed to paint her.

Today's book: A PERFECT RED, Empire, Espionage and the Quest for the Color of Desire, by Amy Butler Greenfield. A wonderful story of the color red, its mystery, intrigue, the discovery of the cochineal insects feeding on the fruit of the nopal in the Oaxaca region of Mexico. For 400 centuries (1500 - 1900) cochineal red was the best red, "a perfect red", till the synthetic dyes of all colors were produced in large quantities. A fascinating story told with enthusiasm, passion and knowledge.