It has a been a bit since my last post as I have been pretty sick. I won't go into details but it was bad, now its gone, (I Hope!) and thats Good. The new exhibit at Portland Museum of Art is of a Local Painter, Lynne Drexler (by local I mean Maine) I wont go into her whole story, that's for you to find. But I will tell you what besides her amazing colorful work inspired me, well after she past away in 1999 the house was emptied of her paintings to be cataloged and there were hundreds of large paintings, and has taken people years just to go through them all. Ms Drexler did this for herself and with no intention of showing. Don't get me wrong I'm pretty sure if someone walked up to her little house on Monhegan with hundreds of thousands she might have worked something out ..?. This is a self-portrait from this past month, that I had no plans of sharing with anyone that didn't happen to walk into my studio before it dried. This is not something I would normally consider finished but maybe that's a good thing. If you noticed the beard in the painting (its pretty hard to make out, I know) I think if you live here in the winter, the beard is a must. Quote "Tell the truth and run." Yugoslavian proverb. leave a comment and let me know what you think about any of this even about beards and winter..?.