After babbling on about how it’s my birthday month, we’ve reached a rather special occasion in that it’s my actual birth-day. Here’s an insanely quick doodlewash of some cake as I’m rushing to move to the celebration bit! A few decades ago on this particular day a little blue-eyed baby arrived and his parents named him Charlie. That was really the only name that had chosen, never Charles, it was way to formal for this kid. Somehow, they must have known by the way his eyes were sparkling that he wasn’t going to grow up to do something that would require such formality. He was already laughing at some joke they hadn’t realized they’d told and smiling as though something great was about to happen. It was. The incredible sights around him were each so new and different it was startling, but he was excited to learn about each of them. How would he ever find time to understand it all? Perhaps this is why little Charlie never quite agreed to grow up. Didn’t sound fun anyway. There were too many new treats to discover, still so much more to learn, and so many wonderful people yet to meet.
I get a little bit contemplative on my birthday. I look back on my life and wonder if I’ve done what I’d hoped I do and look forward thinking about what more I still want to accomplish. It’s exhausting really, so luckily I have a glass of champagne to accompany me on this little vision quest. All in all, I have to say that I certainly didn’t reach all of my goals and dreams, but that’s not a bad thing at all. Why wouldn’t that get me down? Because my dreams have always been so ridiculously big! Honestly, I’m not sure any human could accomplish all of the things I’ve planned for myself in my jumbled head. But my imagination is what’s gotten me through this little life. Thinking of new ideas and passionately pursuing them, only to have a handful of them turn out to be anything notable at all, has always been what drives me. I love the art of the possible. The idea that something amazing could very likely happen if only this or that would happen as well. The sheer thought of that amazing thing actually taking place is so vivid in my imagination it’s as though it actually happened. Or maybe I’m just crazy, that’s entirely possible as well.
But on this rather auspicious day of my birth, I’m incredibly happy. I’ve met hundreds of artists across the globe and hope, in my small way, given them a stage to promote their amazing works. This thrills me! When I think back to that time when this thing called the Internet was just gaining traction, the first vision I had, was to create a gallery for artists. That was it. Nothing about me at all. I wasn’t even painting at the time. I wanted to be a curator, finding and showing the best art I could discover. I never made that site, but it’s now occurred to me that I did manage to eventually make this one. And so, sometimes, those dreams we envision come in a form that we never quite imagined, but they do actually come true. Thanks so much to you all for being part of this journey and dream. And a special thanks to the lucky winners of today’s giveaway! It was so much more fun to share my birthday gifts with you! No matter how much delicious cake I have on this day, it’s the people in my life, near and far, that will always and forever be the absolute best birthday treats.
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