Welcome back from the Thanksgiving Holiday. Hope those of you living in the United States had a chance to enjoy a few days off and some form of extra-special dinner to celebrate and reflect on your blessings. A special "shout-out" goes to all of you who took time from your holiday to share with those less fortunate. And between the economy and Hurricane Sandy, those numbered in the millions this year. I salute your efforts to make your communities a better place to live.
So, it's Monday and time to get back to work. I've been working for the past couple of months on a portrait of Sue Hawkins. She's our wonderful friend and neighbor here in the building who commissioned the portrait of her partner, Anita. Tomorrow, at precisely eleven AM, I have an appointment to show Sue, her painting. It's not completed, but very close. Close enough that I want her to see it and let me know how to make it better. Normally, I wouldn't show it here until it was either finished or she has seen it, but every now-and-then I've just gotta have an adrenalin rush. On the plus side, I don't think she has any suspicion that it will appear here this soon, so I'm relatively confident she won't see it. It's 30 x 24-inches, oil on canvas.