Today, I spent a wonderful afternoon with fellow artist, Iris Duarte. We shared a delicious leisurely lunch and talked about art for hours, completely losing track of time. We have a lot in common in terms of loving color, painting large, and loving to experiment with new materials and techniques. We agreed that we need to spend more time together experimenting with some things we both want to try. In the month of January, we will be working together on the Art of Life project in which artists and cancer victims/survivors work together on an art project. This year's theme is Love. We did some planning and organizing in preparation for the event. I will write more about it as the month progresses. I enjoyed getting to know Iris better and look forward to working with her.