Sorry I haven't posted in a few weeks, I've been keeping busy with all sorts of artsy-ness including the $5 custom portrait requests that have been rolling in! (Thank you all who have ordered thus far, as each order equals another hungry mouth fed with the St. Mary's Food Pantry, visit coleblk.etsy.com to place orders ) At work recently, one of my designs was selected for a Blick flyer cover! I created this illustration in July of last year and now have it in hand. Some the of designs we create can cycle through months/years of reviews, revisions, recycles and even resurrections from the bone yard before ever getting selected or not, thus becoming a hopeful little blip in a portfolio or fun blog post. The point is, once in a while something gets through, something connects, and something drives us forward to endure this challenging process of creativity again and again. Not to sound too dramatic, but there are parts of the process that literally suck the life out of me and make me want to throw my hands (and maybe some paint bottles) in the air, but you have to remind yourself when you look at a finished piece, whatever that may be, there is suffering and sacrifice and what is worthwhile, and who knows maybe the life that was being drained from me gave life to something else that will brighten someone's day or leave the world a little more colorful than before. What will you give up today to make someone's tomorrow brighter?