I received a fantastic white mantle from a neighbor who has been renovating their home. I have wanted one for my studio for quite some time, so it was a lovely surprise. It turns out that it has been a wonderful place to take photos of my work because of its height and depth...another fantastic surprise. On another note, I am enjoying the 'Extraordinary Women' project so very much! I didn't expect this. I think it's because every single time I begin a new project, I question my skillset and my choice of subject matter. It's not that I don't love and admire these women, that is definitely not my issue, but rather it is the fact that after all of the portraits I have painted, they still excite me so much. That's what I didn't expect. I'm so thankful for this project, for the extraordinary women who I have painted and who have been in touch with me because of this project. I feel this way every single time and I am extremely grateful for this opportunity.