I have sometimes done pictures that tell or suggest stories. Yesterday I found an unfinished panel where I was beginning to paint “Spottie leaping through the forest,” an as yet unwritten, untold legend of our now departed dog Spot and his astonishing and unparalleled canine athleticism. What prompted my mind’s eye image of Spottie’s feat, I cannot tell. Some epiphanies just come unheralded, you know. But I’ll bet that one influence upon me has been King Rene’s Book of Love, Le Livre du Cueur d’Amours Espris. Its vivid colors and enchantingly depicted scenes stick to your mind like honey. Perhaps as I feel once again its spell, I can finish the story of the Great Spot and give the world a new canine hero who is the equal of Lassie and Rin Tin Tin combined!