OK, I’m still here and still keeping busy, I promise!  I bought a Wacom Intuos 4 a few weeks ago and have been experimenting with digital painting–I can definitely see the advantages, although at this point I still enjoy oil painting more.  I also bought a new phone after about 6 years (no, not an iPhone) and have been having a blast rough-drafting my ideas with the Autodesk Sketchbook app.  I have an ongoing “exercise” painting and will be stretching my canvas tomorrow for my next serious painting.  Stay tuned!