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Just back today from spending most of last week at a retreat at Our Lady of Guadalupe Abbey here in Oregon. I expected to paint during alot of my free time, but soon realized that wasn't what I was being drawn to do. It was a silent retreat, so many things that I would ordinarily not give alot of attention to gained alot of significance. After the retreat I spent a day in Portland and visited Lawrence Gallery where I encountered the work by Mark Bailey. He had a series of faces--among other paintings--hanging there that I just became entranced with. So today it occurred to me to let some of those faces that I watched in silence this past week to come to me and to paint them now. This is a memory of one of the monks. Mark's brushwork really caught my interest and I am trying to allow the looseness I felt in his--always that same thing about not trying to put in all the information! I think that working from memory impressions might be a good practice for this.