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07/06/2006 Archived Entry: "Portrait of Gina"

THIS LOVELY YOUNG WOMAN is the veterinarian who takes care of my dogs. And her heart is just as beautiful as her face. I gave her the original pastel this morning.

This is the first portrait I've done in decades and the first full-color portrait I've ever attempted. I can't get over it. Four months ago, I literally couldn't even do a competent telephone-pad doodle. Now old, choked-off skills are rushing back -- and then some. Man, I cannot convey what a thrill it is, breaking through a barrier that has held me back in miserable frustration all these years. If this is possible, then surely freedom must be possible.

Posted by Claire @ 03:29 PM CST

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