Google's homepage today is a tribute to Wassily Kandinsky on this, his 148th birthday. All of us illustrators, who choose varying degrees of abstraction over photo-realism and who frequently have to defend that choice, owe a great deal of gratitude to Mr. Kandinsky. He bravely and boldly painted abstractly and began a world-wide conversation about the meaning and usefulness of art that doesn't always look EXACTLY like the model. On the spectrum that runs between abstract and realistic art, I'm certainly still closer to the realistic end, but I admire those who can communicate closer to the "out there" end of abstract art. Thank you, Mr. Kandinsky, for blazing the trail!