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Well. It is the end of July today and it is my name day in Finland. The challenges I had in June spread into July. But now finally it seems that the major issue with the car is handled. It needed a new clutch and flywheel. These fixes were expensive, but necessary. Right now as I am typing this I am wondering about the direction that my art might be taking. For practice I started painting some more realistic works this month, which are still in progress. But I know in my heart of hearts that I am more into fantasy than into reality as observed through the camera lense. I do not really see any purpose in copying what I see out there in the world. Photography does this really well. I am more into the color and form and patterns and flow, into combining what I see with what I feel and what I think might be possible. I am into breaking new ground and into inspiration. But part of me feels like I am standing in some kind of a crossroads situation. Again, as always, time will tell. In the meanwhile, I have been very busy with numerous variations in The Joy of Design series which now has a total of 48 original acrylic paintings in it. Besides being complete small artworks on their own I also use these paintings in part or in full as building blocks in other mixed media works that I create, such as Colorful Expressions - A TJOD 48 Variation, image of which is illustrating this blog today.