Thursday, January 27, 2011

Holiday and Holiday Work

I think it goes without saying, as evidence of my lack of posting, that the end of last year was pretty busy for me. But the nice thing about working a ton is that when you get a day off with nothing to do, it feels like a week.

Christmas was pretty ugly. Casey, Richmond, Ryan and I had plans to drive down the coast a bit and have a brunch picnic by the water. This was our amazing view.

We didn't actually hang out in this for too long. We ate a little food crammed in the back to Richmond's station wagon and went out for a few minutes. It was pretty amazing to see the storm and the power of the ocean. The rest of the day was spent playing games, watching movies and hanging out like bums.

New Years Eve was a lot of fun. We spent it in the Mission, going to a few bars and finding ourselves in the basement of an old theater for a packed countdown.

I don't think this picture does justice to just how packed it was. Casey's best friend Emily came up for New Years. Looks like the old Littleton crew is all grown up! It was probably the best way we could have counted down.

December and early January was filled with commissions.

This one was done as a Christmas present for this mom and son. I was a bit nervous starting this one because its always a lot of pressure doing a straight portrait for someone, let alone painting a kid, which I don't do very often. But I'm very happy with how it came out and I hope they liked it as well. (This isn't the actual finished painting. I realized that I didn't get a shot of the completed painting before it left my hands, but this one is pretty close to the finished painting)

I also did a piece for this publication that will release its first issue this spring. I can't share too much about the publication itself just yet, but I can say a bit about the piece.

This one was to accompany an article on respecting yourself first. It a bit about self confidence and being able to trust who you are so that you can be successful in life. I think this piece, however, is going to be used in a later issue as the direction of the article changed a bit while I was painting it.

Another piece I did was for my houseman Jake.
This is his girlfriend and he gave it to her for Christmas. They were both as pleased as I was with the drawing and I was happy to be apart of their holidays.

So, that's the update for now. I'm finally back to working on my own piece and am excited to share it in a week or so. It's the continuation to "Weighted Hibernation" and it's coming along quite nicely. Stay tuned!