Ever since the loss of my dog Dusty I've had the biggest "painter's block" I've ever had. I decided tonight to do a painting of Dusty hoping that would help me break through whatever emotions are keeping me from wanting to paint again... I just couldn't do it. I looked at some photos and took them into the studio and just wasn't ready. So instead I painted from a reference photo of a friend's dog (thanks Tavey)... hoping to get out of this funk soon. I know Dusty wouldn't let anything keep him from being himself - I'm hoping to follow his example.