Painting outside on the front porch studio this day with River dog sprawled underfoot as shimmering goldfish swim lazily nearby under trickling water...all around, the essence of spring! Lilacs open, pink dogwood unfurls her blossoms. I borrow one of her branches to bring up to the porch as inspiration. In a magical moment, I look down at the work table and see a painting within the painting, so snap this picture of paints, flowers, canvas, brush, all making a beautiful composition of imperfect delight. Still working on this large canvas which is composed of many layers and textures, resembling a luscious silk remnant: poison oak (itch itch itch) on hands makes it a little tougher to work, but nothing stops spring. And painting.