My favorite time of the year when it comes to projects is the holiday season. There's nothing more exciting than being commissioned to create a gift for someone. Over the past month I was asked to do three paintings of a good friend's dog, Charlie (one for the owner's parents and two for his fiance) as well as a set of cornhole boards from a connection I made at an art fair. The boards were a gift for a Duke grad, one board was of his martial arts hobby and one for his Tough Mudder's team logo. As exciting as the holiday season is, it's always nice to feel like you've crossed off some things from your to-do list!