Detail:Antonello da Messina Watercolour, pen, pencil March 22, 2012

I have a pile of exciting books on my table. Two are  of Georgia O’Keefe’s fantastic paintings (Thanks, Janet!) and two are beautiful new books of Renaissance images which I could not resist buying from the marvelously stocked gift store at the De Young museum in San Francisco. My scanner has been warmed up, my tools are in order, my studio and my thinking room are dusted and marginally organized – now it is time to pick out details and get back to the lovely business of following the lines of the masters.