As you already know, I chose Léon as my object. I chose to paint a formal portrait of Léon as my first variation. The idea of the portrait is at the forefront of my variations. For this painting I was inspired by Girl with a Pearl Earring painted by Johannes Vermeer in 1665. I was simply looking through a book and the painting jumped out at me. The more that I looked at it, the more I could imagine a painting using similar light to depict Léon.
The resulting picture is a 10 x 10 cm acrylic on paper (I painted straight into my sketchbook). I am travelling a lot this summer so, I have decided to paint small and to limit my materials to a few that are easy to carry.