For my fortieth birthday my wife decided to throw me a party. "What kind of party do you want?" she asked. "I just want to get a lot of presents," I said. I did get a lot of presents, and I had everyone there pose for a quick photo, the idea being that as a thank-you I would send each friend a painted portrait. This is an obligation I expect to take decades to fulfill. My exposure to art is mainly limited to a great program in middle school, and visiting museums as an adult, so I don't know where I got this idea. For a while, I was posting to Twitter and painting whoever responds. It's all acrylic on cheap canvasses. It's something I like to do as the spirit strikes me. It's engaging and I'm learning a lot while doing it.