A while ago I went back through some old photos from my "artsy photographer" days, and was kind of stunned at how much I loved their intimacy and raw, unfinished-ness.
This was before I got into more staged work with volunteer models, during my "cross-process all the films" phase. At the time, I didn't think much beyond random experimentation, and regarded most of my work as amateur-ish (it was) and therefore unremarkable.
But something about this unpolished, rougher version of myself speaks to me now; time and distance has made her a stranger. It's a bit like peeking into the window of a friend's house. I know her, but I don't *know* her, so I'm not inclined to judge.
Christmas blew past in a whirlwind of food and family. We’ve had a wonderful time with my brother and sister-in-law, plus birthday festivities for Ellie. It’s been a great week, and I’m looking forward to a few days of solid R&R before the new year.
Ready for the Christmas thing.
Happy Birthday, Ellie! Cutie Pusheen from Uncle J. and Aunt J.
…this kid, I tell ya.
Cookie decorating party.
We’re pretty awesome at this.
Early Xmas gift from Tim; a Spooky and Scully ornament for the tree!
Time to light the nativity pyramid.
Christmas morning dawns a bit fuzzy; I think there was something on my phone camera lens.
OMG! It’s happening!
Stocking stuffs on point.
Santa was good to us. <3
Scully is so over your shit. Watching “How the Ghosts Stole Christmas”.
Warm scarf love from hubby.
Workin’ on her LEGOs in her new Christmas jammies.
Adorable Polaroid Cube+ from my brother and sister!
Workin’ on the Grand Hotel.
Gwen got this handmade tulle skirt, and well…
…yeah. We’re goofy.
Cube+ shot from the hip family portraits over Christmas dinner.
Ahh, classic. Merry Christmas!
For those counting, this is my third trip to the most beautiful state in the country. But as lovely as it is, this was a work trip; there was only one dip in the pool, one brief trip to the beach, and a tiny bit of sightseeing. The rest of the time I was head-down with my group, learning the ins and outs of Gutenberg and working on a new theme.
This is what I left behind, for your reference.
I found a KP at SFO!
The view’s alright.
Someone was interested in the remote work lifestyle.
Early morning walk, cute flower.
So many delicious breakfasts.
No filter necessary.
Sunset game on point.
Thai beef salad at TK Noodle House.
Team bonding over Thai.
Delicious plum liquor.
When life gives you ugly lemons, give them away.
Farmer’s market papaya
Obligatory beach selfie.
Theam in the water.
The life, I am living it.
Dipping the toes in.
Partial Theam portrait by Jeff.
A day out at the markets. (Photo by Jeff)
Cheers! (Photo by Jeff)
Dinner under a canopy of flowers.
Richard’s amazing Banyan tree
Time to say goodbye.
Hot tub Theam machine. (Photo by Allan)
The view and the company made up for the lack of time spent in the wild, though. I don’t use the word lightly when I say I’m blessed to have these opportunities. Thanks for a memorable week, Hawaii!
The Theme Team and our poop, less one Richard.
The week before last I met up with 570-ish of my Automattic colleagues in Whistler, British Columbia for our annual Grand Meetup — and what a Grand Meetup it was! I’m still tired and I should have posted this a week ago, so I’ll let the photos speak for themselves:
Crossing the border
Coffee with Tim before my flight
My kids always send friends to keep me company
It’s all about the conference name tag and the endless coffee.
Time for a company photo!
John Maeda, getting into the GM spirit(s)
Oh, Whistler, you are charming.
Why hello there, Mr. Prime Minister…
I won cute stickers!
Bailey + Kahlua + coffee for the town hall
Death Before Decaf at the Firerock Lounge
Waiting for gondola tickets with Tom
Gondola selfie with Mel
Peak to Peak Gondola
Thanks for the photo, Mel!
Whistler, ladies and gents
Checking out Alta Lake
Time to par-tay
Not a proposal; Tallmattician problems
Photo booth shenanigans with the Theme Team
After looking at everything I accomplished during summer sabbatical ,it’s fair to say the majority of my time was spent drawing and working on my shops.
I’d set a goal to draw three things per week, but the final tally shows more than twice that! For all this work, I still feel quite slow as an illustrator, and not very prolific. But I’m proud of what I finished and learned along the way.
Here is a sample of the work, not including the (many) drawings I didn’t finish. Everything is posted at Calobee Doodles if you want to follow along!