Thank you for the input regarding placement of Chica. It has been decided, and I agree, that it is best to keep a slight distance between bird and girl. The parrot's head and neck angle to echo the curve of Samanda's cheek and I think that works ok. The painting will be ok too. But is ok enough? I am seriously considering shutting down this computer for a while and just working! My brain feels divided. I find myself interested in what so many of you are doing also that I while away the time becoming involved with processes not my own. And now we are basically snowed in for a time. No excuses for not painting. I did my bit of shoveling to make it out here to the studio. Dinner will be simple, hearty, and warm this evening, which still comes by five o'clock. If the power stays on we can cuddle under blankets and watch DVD's. If it goes out there are enough candles and oil lamps to allow a bit of reading and then early to sleep under even more blankets. Hey, what am I complaining about??