animals, humans Animals together: Workshop with H. Stokes (at Pittsburgh Glass). Otters grooming each other This dinosaur reminds me a little of a happy dog – one that is dear. Academic: as the mirror reflected. I was told once – although by whom I am not certain – as a compliment to myself – that it was not very complimentary to myself. At the time I made the painting, now back 15 plus years, I wasn’t sure why, but now I see this – the shadow on my forehead is rather circular, and the shadow under my mouth, a bit angular – actually, that one is strange, once one notices it 2018, summer. Well, taking away some shadows with photoshop actually doesn’t help much – as the whole painting would need altering some. On my computer screen, when the image is about 1.5 inches high , the alterations made lessening the shadow are incongruous with the rest of the painting, making the eyes and eyebrows too dark, and the lips too red, and the edge of the face somehow not right. When making a portrait therefore, look at the shadows before beginning. In the original, I looked at the shadows, and painted them, but did not even see them (in a sense), as to me, they were just shadows, without meaning. Now they are still shadows without meaning, but I see that others might see them as containing meaning. Thus, Whistler once wrote something I believe, about how one should not read too much into an image. eyebrows lighter Swimmer studies and fishing detail two boys fishing – detail from a painting swimmers on a raft and a rainbow Raft, people, rainbow, sketch Parallel divers, like the arc of a rainbow two details together – the glass reflection looks like a fish Early Jurassic mural: Non-academic: 3/16 scale preliminary working sketch of mural. on heavy cotton rag paper, acrylic gesso ground, acrylic paint Is there a dinosaur in the room?