I awake with a picture in my mind. Sometimes it is a picture which I want to produce, and at other times it is an existing image from my memory. This morning, having spent a lot of time thinking about conversations recently, it was the latter: the magnificent Matisse's The Conversation. It is not only one of the Matisse paintings I admire, but also in perhaps my favourite style of his.
In looking up the Wikipedia link to insert in this post, I found a subsequent link to a fascinating article by Hilary Spurling who wrote such a wondrous biography of Matisse. Turning over stones can be so illuminating, and so often also provides more stones for turning.