Forgive my absence, gentle followers. I've got about a go-zillion reasons why the art I've been working on lately isn't blog-able. Still painting on surprise commissions... tee hee hee. And I find myself compelled to draw - buried in my sketchbooks. Sometimes working out compositions and value patterns and such - sounds really noble, right? - and other times just sketching the sunflowers sitting in front of me. Our kids are growing up fast right now so I'm doing and thinking a lot about them. This week our youngest, Lavagirl, has Freshman Orientation at the high school and our oldest receives his senior ring.