At the end of last year I was experimenting with blocks of colour. Often stacking them to build spacious abstract images. I then began looking at old master paintings and extracted dominant colours from them. The most recent is this interpretation of 'Portrait of Juan de Pareja' by Diego Velazquez in 1650. I'm still awe struck by the way Velazquez could paint, and have learned so many lessons by looking at his work. I've been interested Baroque painting for decades. This isn't the first time I've made paintings with old master elements as dominant subjects. I've been thinking against the idea of painting the cracks and bits of impasto. Then I though why not, just for the challenge.