Today I went to John’s studio to paint with him. It was all a bit reminiscent of my year in the Mentorship Program, as I got myself covered in both glitter and dog hair – the two items I used to sweep off the studio floor in the Chrysalis all the time. I had brought a craft project with me, which contained glitter. I wanted to make Christmas ornaments with Alexander Ross, the carousel horse, inside. It didn’t go well at the beginning, but John said it would get easier and I’d get better at it, and that the reason people don’t try new things is that they’re afraid they will mess up. That made me feel better and and so I persevered. The ornaments are actually turning out really cute once I figured out how to make them. Also, I got to snuggle with Nancy while I drew carousel horses.