From a series of 7 paintings on paper. I used diapositive photos made a year before while Petra was working in her studio in a small house in Ghent. Shot during the night I remember I asked her to make funny faces. These were pre-digital times, where you had to wait at least a week or two to see if your photos were any good. Because of the black (photo paper) I know I must have made these at least a year or two later. These papers were throw-away from a project Petra during drawing classes in Brussels. She created 8 or 10 big-sized portraits (of a friend in her class and myself) half drawing, half collage, half printed between layers of plexi-glass. In return I wanted to make also some portraits of her with the 7 diapositives that turned out well. They were drawn super fast with only white acryl by projecting the images on the black paper with traces of some decorative patterns Petra used in her work. I painted these sharp, detailed pictures with a very fat brush in the dark. When I paused with the lights back on I simply stopped painting. I liked the strange mood they have as they seem to capture that moment when too much continous laughing together and funny jokes can all of a sudden also result in sad faces and tears.