I'm a 58 year "young" Cape Cod artist--aspiring writer & bibliophile ( 1000s! in-house ) I am a house painter by trade ( 35 years! ) complaining-not bragging! I really need to wean myself away from the utilitarian BIG painting & cut to the chase & do exclusively ART & Write! I always sketched from as soon as I could hold a pencil; my brother & I learned to draw from copying our voluminous collection of comic books: Flash; Batman; Superman; Blackhawk & every western comic there was! I was noted for sketching Hangings & Bar-room brawls & shoot-outs! I didn't do "happy" art; flowers & such; lot of drama, pathos & pain in my work! Not that I was a morose kid--I wasn't--idyllic normal upbringing in a great place--artist/writers are just an enigma! I'm just glad it's still there--for a long time I thought I'd lost it--anyway since my resurgence in 2005 it's back. Really my first stab @ artistic painting--I'd never done any except a handful of attempts ever. But, being an autodidact, I learn best on my own in my own way. The nicest thing is one creative process spills over into another: art enhances writing or photography or whatever!