I have been away and I'm catching up in the studio, but thought I would pop in to post a couple of things...
First, I wanted to mention a book that I was fortunate enough to work on this past year: Good Habits, Bad Habits was recently published and is apparently off to a healthy start with reviews and sales. The author, Wendy Wood is Provost Professor of Psychology and Business at University of Southern California.
I was contacted, interviewed and hired directly by Wendy, prior to the book going to editing stages with the publisher. (MacMillan Press) After talking at length with her about some of the themes in her book, I wrote some humorous concepts, which were later turned into cartoons and chapter-leading illustrations for the book.
Secondly, as I alluded to above, my family and I were out of town for two weeks, and we're now back home from a 3-generation family jaunt. After a long period of work, it was time to unwind.
We began by skiing a few days around Christmas...lots of early season snow has made the resorts here in Colorado quite happy. And then shortly afterward, we embarked into a different climate, on a tremendously enjoyable trip to the Caribbean.
My wife daughter and I joined my brother and his family along with my mother. for a vacation in several island areas. I visited the Virgin Islands with my wife 15 years ago, and though I appreciate warm climates, that sort of trip is not my first choice. You're more likely to see me skiing, biking, rock climbing or exploring - rather than sitting on a beach. But this trip added a few elements that made it more active.
We started in Barbados where we ended up doing some diving near a shipwreck off the coast of Bridgetown. My daughter Julia was amazed at the clear blue waters, allowing one to see well into the depths.
Exploring the reefs in Barbados
The Baths rock formations at Virgin Gorda/Tortolla
Climbing through the stunning "Baths" rock formations was challenging and fun...The formations are related to those at Red Rocks amphitheater here in Colorado. (It was my second time here, however the first visit was much less time spent exploring... as it was just a quick boat drop for snorkeling.)
The last stop was Saint Thomas and nearby Saint John. We took in breathtaking beaches and snorkeled, swimming with brightly colored fish dancing beneath the waters along the reefs. After 9 days, Beth, Julia and I were browner, a bit blonder, and despite all the activity, I hate to say it, a little less lean...it is hard to avoid when eating out continually.
I'm happy to be back in the studio, refreshed and ready to go...(but first must empty sand from my shoes.)
I hope your year is off to a fantastic start!