I've been doing a dog portrait today – the second commission from a couple whose new companion has earned his place on the wall. My first commissions go back to the 80’s and my father would proudly take a photo of me next to the finished painting. These photos eventually filled an album - my hairstyles now invite more comment than the portraits. I’ve posted one from the album below, the others are safely archived! Nearly 3 decades later I'm at the same easel. I am working on Spectrum paper with Unison pastels at the moment – both a delight to use. It's now me instead of my mother who watches the clouds of pastel dust settle - so I work in the greenhouse where the light is great, but at this time of year, the temperature is not.