How does one measure success? Does it depend on sales? Does it depend on average income? Is personal satisfaction measurable? There comes a point where each artist must decide for him or herself what exactly is the definition. It varies from personality to personality. It had been a very long time since I had sold any studio paintings. Certainly, a few sketches and some commissions had wandered out my door. The exhibitions on the other had been very quiet. Teaching assignments kept the bills paid. (Although artists live in a magical world, the bills do not magically vanish!). Over the years I wondered if I were to continue in this unappreciated passion. The decision to continue came from a knowing within: I am not happy unless I am creating. The creation process does not rely on others’ opinions, nor does it build its base on monetary gain. Creation is a soul process, a fountain of youth, a sustaining spirit. My success has come from my decision to paint, come what may. I am delighted this weekend has brought some financial benefits and I will continue to paint, come what may. Life is so good.