When Ken and I started going to our cancer support groups, the facilitators continually spoke of the “new normal”. Now I am attending a new type of support group and those councilers talk about that particular “new normal”. Two major changes in my life during the last 20 months have me thinking about the stages we all go through. Some have crisp, clean transition points. Others are a fading in or fading out. Some are bright and full of hope, some are fun, some are traumatic and dark, some are like a roller coaster ride. All of this deep thinking led to my most recent painting. For this painting I wanted to use the same techniques but, for the first time I used 300# Arches paper and a long narrow format. I thought the format might allow me to communicate better the idea of stages. I worked almost exclusively with primary colors and had fun developing this idea. Soooooo, I present to you – Stages 1.