More than learning new techniques, I gained helpful insights in life to carry on. To share that 'common interest' with like-minded and equally gifted individuals was worth more than any masterpiece there is. Thanks Tom and many, many thanks to my new-found friends.
The one piece of advice that made the greatest impression on me was 'To give your artistic extra", with every artwork you create.
And that 'extra' for me is this - To paint as if it's the greatest masterpiece I'll ever create. May that be enough to bring back glory to the One who has blessed me with these talents.
What is yours?