These are two studies for a new painting I will be working on. I have been thinking about trust and those who help us due to how often we must have faith in others to get the help we need in this challenging world. While I was waiting for Maryanne’s shoulder surgery to be over, I was able to complete the second compositional study. Both drawings will be useful in the next phase of this work, when I make more detailed charcoal drawings on canvas before painting. As of now, there will be five bluebirds in this one, and of course my puggle Sammie will be in the background. I met a fellow artist in the hospital’s OR waiting area, who also struggles to make time to create, as life often throws curveballs.