I should be doing laundry, paying attention to an upcoming exhibit, any number of other necessary things – but ultimately, this is the most necessary thing at the moment. To draw. Every drawing is one step closer to where I want to be, which is where I don’t have to erase holes through the page to get the mouth right. But the hair flames, the gown floats, the coat feels like velvet and satin, so I’m getting closer. I salute the actress, Allison Ocha Lawrence, who smiled the smile of confusion and arched her eyebrows with, “Oh, really?!” so well, who clenched her lovely fist with subtlety and conviction, who played the Beauty to the Beast without the happy ending. I can only imagine what life would be like with that glorious head of hair. And I salute the costume designer, and her vision, and I am so proud of her. SO proud.