After spending 3 days with artists who are so passionate about their work and their art careers at the 2011 Conference on International Opportunities in the Arts, I can hardly wait to get back into my studio and continue working on my current mask project.  I also have the overwhelming urge to drag out my easel, brushes, oil paints, and a canvas to start a painting.  I get this urge to paint every couple of years and it's always frustrating because I'm not really a painter.  But because I keep being pulled back to it, I know one of these days the time will be right and painting will begin to play a bigger part in my work.