I had fun doing this piece to submit for the Fall Festival poster competition. I got to use some of the new techniques I experimented with over the last year on my travels, and it’s pretty far afield from my usual style(s). I didn’t make the final six, but if you go here you’ll see why – there are some incredible talents in this region! (And when you click the link, you’ll be able to vote for your favorite, which enters you to win a T-shirt with the winning art on it.) One of the most difficult parts of calling myself an Artist (note capital A) is that I have to risk rejection daily, hourly, weekly, constantly… if you don’t put yourself out there, you don’t grow, and, well – it’s been said before: “Nothing ventured, nothing gained.” My personal revision of that is , “What’s the worst that can happen? I can spend several hours or days enjoying the creative process, and I wind up adding another image to my body of work, another style to my repertoire.” It’s important to remember that it is your work being judged, not you, and it’s often rewarding to see who you are being compared to. My son just recommended a very short video to me, Ira Glass talking about the creative process – it’s well worth the two minutes.