"A tinkling piano in the next apartment/ Those stumbling words that told you what my heart meant/ A fairground's painted swings/ These foolish things remind me of you." lyrics from the 1946 song These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You) by Frank Sinatra.
(Pontillism with various Micron pens and collage. Light background wash with a Gelato.)
I started this portrait in October, and as it was convenient to bring my sketchbook and pens with me on our trip, I was able to work on it from time to time while we were travelling in Europe.
Pointillism is an exercise in patience to be sure.
The little dots must be carefully arranged or it will appear that the subject in the portrait has a bad case of acne.
It isn't always possible to be so consistent especially after a few cups of coffee!
However, I like this type of sketch because it is another way to practise shading and values.
Frank Sinatra's lyrics seemed appropriate for the period that this woman illustrates with her hair done in victory rolls which were fashionable in the 1940s.
"Oh how the ghost of you clings,
These foolish things remind me of you."