Happy birthday to me! Today's my 40th year on the planet and I am taking things rather well as compared to my 30th wherein I cried for days before and days after. I've been doing a lot of thinking about this milestone in past weeks, trying to figure out where I've been and more importantly, where I'm going. The answer to the first question is long, detailed, and generally painful with a few bright spots sprinkled throughout the past decade. The future is wide open.
There are going to be some changes here at the Lost Coast Post as I move to make this forum more of a tool for my art life and business. Because, the answer to the big question, "What do I want to accomplish in the next ten years?" is quite obvious and simple: Build an artistic career that pays the bills and fills up my soul. Period. No more wallflowering. No more just surviving the days. No more self-doubt. No more putting myself and my dreams second just because I can't see the way clear. My 40th birthday is a blissful ending to a rough patch and the beginning of a whole new outlook. I am excited.
Notes on today's artwork: Illustration created for Vector Rehabilitation's annual Chocolate Gala fundraiser. Vector is the physical therapy office I have been attending since 2000; they have seen me through the aftermath of the last six surgeries. The man's head is a hand-colored image from Dover, the letters are clipped from magazines and the rest is hand drawn.