I tried to get into the spirit a little with a few sketches, but they didn't really help.
One thing that was a good distraction was the commission I obtained. My workout partner had seen my Frida Self portrait in the members art show at the Huntington Beach Art Center. He originally wanted me to do a Mizzle painting for his office, but then he decided he wanted me to do a painting as a Christmas present for his wife. I absolutely adore his wife, and was thrilled to do this for him. It was one of my favorite projects to work on.
I used this as an opportunity to try out watercolor ground. I had read about it, but never used it before. I painted on a thick layer of watercolor ground onto a 16x20 canvas and allowed it to dry for 72 hours. I used my Derwent Inktense Watercolor pencils to create this painting. I was surprised how the watercolor ground felt like watercolor paper when it was dry. It was very easy to work with. It's a little expensive for my taste. I think for this size I'd prefer to work with watercolor board, but I felt for this gift it needed to be on a canvas.
I also created a painting for my mom, which was a difficult decision. I almost didn't do it because I wasn't sure if I should. I create a drawing or painting of a family member every year for my mom. After talking it out with my little sister, we decided I should go for it. It was a painful, yet rewarding experience. I decided to do a painting of my mom and dad about to kiss. I won't lie. I cried every time I worked on it. But, it was something worth going through.
I'm hoping 2015 turns out to better year all around. So far it hasn't disappointed. There is a possibility of more portrait commissions in the works. *Fingers crossed*