It's over a week since I've been in the studio, but my mind is constantly on art. I now honour these lapses in physical production as part of my process. I've been asked to create a painting as a surprise birthday gift for a friend of mine. We've already settled that it will be mixed media, but the subject matter is totally up to me. Sometimes that is a good thing and sometimes not. In this case it is good. I plan to create a diptych with two very different images having the same theme. The content relates to the interests and sensibilities of my friend. It is so much easier to create something when you know the person who will recieve the work. Here's a look at the source material I'm considering . It will be a challenge to pull this off. I'm feeling positive.