Come, take a walk with me, and side by side we shall witness the portraits of sleeping astronauts. I’m giving all the secrets of my process away this time since the final product is fairly predictable. The experience of recreating an preexisting composition is both a challenge and a pleasure. Although I’ve done this before with landscapes, I’ve never attempted to “clone” an existing color scheme as well. While this is often done by students imitating masters, it’s not often that an artist tries to imitate their own work. I’ve found that the color choices I make that were first attempted on the fly and without planning are difficult to recreate with a different sense of purpose. However, it’s a great learning experience for really nailing down specific values and hues. At one point, I realized that a certain shade of purplish black was just not matching the one I was looking at in my first portrait. I finally figured out that I was missing an important element in the mixture, the color Pthalocyanine Blue; upon adding it the results I desired were easily achieved. It’s almost like baking a cake, and using a slightly different ingredient that what is called for. The taste may be similar, but something is definitely”off”. Another change I noticed the second time around was the time it took to paint the second portrait; it seems to be going a lot faster, as there is not as much guesswork involved. Altogether, it should be finished by the end of my next session, and I’m quite excited for the final result.