This week I have been getting some work ready for an exhibit which requires fetching, cleaning and, sometimes, framing. In doing so, I come across works that had been put aside. "Amanda" is such a work, a charcoal drawing which gave me pause. In fact, I pulled it out twice. Mostly, in pulling out past works, I focus and fixate on weak passages....those passages that haven't been considered.....well....well enough in my opinion. In this case, I was pleasantly surprised. Because I have been painting all summer, the strength of the drawing and its values pleased me. I loved the quick and spontaneous way the charcoal stick had moved around the paper. The color of mid-tone paper was satisfying. I enjoyed the rendering of the short and choppy hairstyle. I remember being disappointed at its completion that the likeness wasn't right-on. In the rediscovery, I had completely forgiven myself for this shortcoming and was thrilled with its essence.