One of my sisters lives in Oregon, but she wasn’t able to come back to Chicago this year for the holidays because she recently started a new job. We’re all going to miss her a lot this Christmas, but we’ll get to see her in February once she finally has enough vacation time. That’s good.
Anyway, I made this Oregon piece for Maureen because I made a similar one of Illinois a while back, and at the time, Maureen said I should make her one of Oregon for Christmas–so I did!
She already opened her other present from me, which she got in the mail, but this is a Christmas surprise for her.
Maureen, I hope you like the this! I’ll be sending a framed version out to you in the mail tomorrow!
On Wednesday, I made this little drawing of Torres del Paine in Patagonia. I don’t think I’ve mentioned it yet, but Jim and I booked our tickets for a trip to South America in February. We’ll be spending 10 nights in Patagonia and three nights in Buenos Aires. We’re so excited!
Jim thought it was weird that I drew these mountains since we probably won’t be seeing them when we’re in Patagonia. Instead we’ll be doing our hiking on Fitz Roy and then also doing some day trips to Perito Moreno Glacier and the Viedma Glacier. I can’t wait!
On Sunday night, I went to a movie watching party, and the hosts had a picture of a cat, um, in a hamburger (see below). Super ridiculous! When I got home after the party, I was pretty tired so I just did my own sketch of the hamburger cat.
On Friday night I made this little doodle collage with a picture of George Washington I had cut out of an old newspaper. Before I started doodling, I couldn’t figure out what to make and Jim suggested that I make something about the cherry tree myth. Excellent idea!
On Saturday, I’m running the Jingle Bell Run/Walk 5K! The event is being held as a fundraiser for the Arthritis Foundation, so I’m doing a bake sale at work this week. On Monday evening, I made some tasty rice krispie treats with little sprinkles to sell at work the next day.
If you’d like to make a donation to support the Arthritis Foundation, please donate on my fundraising page.
On Wednesday, I made my scariest drawing ever—this man in one of those electrode hats they use for testing brain waves. Eek! The drawing came about, I think, partly because, at work on Wednesday, my colleague Stephanie reminded me about how I talked about “finding your inner weird” in my post about creativity. When I got home that evening, I guess I tried to find some weirdness.
The drawing was also inspired by the ridiculous picture below, which I spotted in an old newspaper I found while cleaning out some files at work. It makes me laugh.
After 339 days of making something this year, this phrase makes me chuckle and think, “What? Bigger than this project? How?” Perhaps that’s a little silly, but it feels true. Making something every day has been extremely tough!
That said, this phrase does make me look ahead and think about next year. In case anyone is curious, next year I plan to do 52 projects, one each week, that are all more challenging, elaborate, and hopefully impressive than the ones I did this year. I plan to post to this blog more than once a week, though. Perhaps I’ll provide background on the project development at the beginning of the week and even provide updates on progress during the week. We shall see!