Tonight I was framing up new work, which always involves looking through the archives for images. (I’m also the person who can’t look up just one word in a dictionary.) This painting is from 2007, when I was still struggling with oil paints.The process of painting was going fairly well, but my schedule only allows a few hours at a time each night and the paints and paintings dried and crazed and caked. The surface was never right, never cohesive. Finally my husband – a painter – pointed out that if the problem was drying, perhaps I should work in a dry medium? So this turns out to be my last oil painting. This year’s Portland roses will be rendered in pastels.