I've known for a long time now that I share my birthday with Beethoven. Today I discovered that I also share a birthday with Wassily Kandinsky, author of "On the Spiritual in Art" (1910) and the world's first true abstract expressionist artist! I have always appreciated both Beethoven's music and Kandinsky's art. Based on my reading, I know that my temperament and personality is a match for Beethoven's, and I suspect it may also match Kandinsky's. Strange. Idealistically our art is really about the same thing, the desire to find transcendence in a troubled and tumultuous world. I might not always reflect that in all my art, but that desire underlays all of my thinking and art process. Happy Birthday Beethoven. Happy Birthday Kandinsky.