My new header is the highlight of this morning. Just a few hours spent in Publisher fooling around with this unflattering image I especially like for the dumb hat on my head and the sceptism in my expression. The look isn't over the hat, I never wear it out; The can-you-imagine look is what makes this charcoal an excellent likeness. I find it amazing that I have decided to pursue my art after all the years I just dabbled with it off and on--and that's why I call the self portrait, The Artful Dodger. I dodged making art to make money. I wanted a husband, children and a swimming pool in the back yard. Those things are costly. I figured there was plenty of time to paint later. What I didn't anticipate was bum knees and arthritic thumbs. Don't you just hate it, that we can't have it all?