I recently read the following words by Janice Elsheimer in her book 'The Creative Call': “Our gifts are not from God to us, but from God through us to the world. When we fail to use these gifts, we suffer the same way a person accustomed to regular physical activity may feel pent up, out of sorts, and off-balance after going for several days without exercise. When we try to live without exercising our artistic gifts we may feel RESTLESS [emphasis mine] and empty. Life lacks fullness. Something buried deep within longs to emerge.” I'm looking forward to the increased opportunities I'm going to have in the next 12 months (more to follow in my next post or so) to express myself as an artist. May each of us as artists exercise our talents, gifts and strengths, ensure that we have avenues for expression.