After 20 years of caricaturing, I've decided to cut way back on it and be semi-retired-- pretty much as a"guest artist" at gigs with multiple artists. This is due to the arthritis. Drawing nonstop for several hours, going full speed without any breaks at all can be a bit stressful for senior hands. The good news is, the vegan diet I'm on is working great to arrest the arthritis in progress, AND I can still paint and sculpt. Life is good!
Since caricatures had been my main source of income all these years, I needed to find something else to bring in the money. I've decided to go full tilt at painting, and yes, do it for a living. Found Jack Canfield's book The Success Principles at Half Price Books, almost as soon as I'd made this momentous decision. Canfield's way of structuring goals is pragmatic and effective. I've already benefitted from it having read only the first few chapters. (Prior to setting goals, you have to know what you want, which I already do: imaginative realism painting.)
I'm having fun writing down and implementing my painting goals. This way of organizing my work gives me a lot of energy to paint. Meanwhile my hands are doing great.