That is what I'm working on. It is currently my entire focus.
It involves a whole lot of planning and painting. You might have seen some of it on my Facebook page.
I can't talk more about it because it is secret, and I don't want to give it away for any of my family reading this. I will say, however, it is stressing me TF out. I'm not sure I'll get it done in time, and that is a scary thought. Of the 13 paintings I have to do, I have finished exactly two. Hopefully the third one will be done today. The paintings are not large, but I'm incapable of choosing easy subjects, it seems.
As I'm working on this gift, though, I feel like it might be a useful thing for others, so I'm contemplating creating a version that will be available for sale. No one really knows who I am, and I doubt I could sell very many units of this thing because (as my book sales prove) getting the word out about my stuff is near impossible, but maybe, if I finish it soon enough, I might be able to shift a couple units before the new year.
It is entirely dependent on timing, though, which is why it's so stressful.
The version I'm working on now will be my own, but I can make copies, which should be easier to deal with for those receiving it (I chose very thick paper), and will be quite easy for me to personalise. But I need to get these paintings done first. Then I need to fill in the rest of the pages with... uh... the rest of the stuff that makes up this gift, but aren't really full-fledged paintings.
If I finish in time, I'll be posting about it everywhere, but likely TikTok and Instagram first.
Maybe I'll hold off on making the thing available for sale until next year, largely because I don't want to spoil the Xmas gift for any of my family who might actually watch those.
I don't know. I'm feeling a little disheartened by things in my creative career at the moment, and it's hard to find the motivation and confidence to continue to try. This, however, is for family, so it's a little easier to find the will to get it done.
The project won't be secret forever, so keep an eye out. I'll be positing about it to my socials. And if I decide to make it more widely available, I'll let you know.
Right, it's time to go. I have work to do and whatnot.