A couple of days ago I was talking with a patient, Tracy, about the new painting I've had in mind and mentioned I needed a model when suddenly she came into focus for me and I couldn't believe she was the ONE! Luckily, she agreed. I'd been speaking to another patient, Linda, earlier about the same painting, saying I was looking for a dog to be in the painting, preferably a greyhound or whippet for the long face and elegant profile I wanted. She said, "I have a greyhound." Omigosh. So tonight I called them both at 5:30 p.m. and they said they'd come at 7:30. Peanut and Linda came a bit early so we had time to acclimate her to her surroundings before Tracy arrived, right on time. The four of us had a ball arranging Tracy and Peanut on the sofa and taking lots of digital photos then running to the computer to see what we'd done. We did that four times and I think we got enough variations that it should be possible to piece together a great composite of face/arm/hand/shawl/dog/lighting. The canvas will arrive from Jerry's Artarama via UPS tomorrow or Tuesday. I may not see the light of day for the next several days while I see if it's possible to get it painted by the 18th or 19th. Then it'll go to the photographer to have slides made and I'll hand-deliver it with the entry fee to the Greenhouse Gallery for the Salon International on the 21st. I don't truly think it's likely to have an entry accepted, but I promised myself last year I'd at least enter something this year. I need to honor that promise. I figure if it's not accepted at least I'll have an interesting painting to my credit. I'm so excited! Thank you Tracy! Thank you, Linda! Thank you, Peanut!