I've discovered that it's easier for me to justify taking small chunks of time for myself than to wait and "save up" for a whole day of painting or sewing or whatever it is that I want to do just for me. That's why I don't do a lot of larger finished paintings - it's much easier to fit in 15 minutes of sketching than to commit hours of time to a 20" x 30" painting.
This alphabet is great example of how those little 15 minute chunks can add up to something substantial. I painted the title and laid out the squares in March 2009 and added to it over the course of the next 10 months. Some days I only had time to do one little line drawing, then it would take me days and days to get back to it and add some color. Once in awhile I'd get on a roll and finish a couple of squares in an afternoon. Little by little, the blocks got filled in.
It was so much fun finding things around the house that I could use to illustrate the letters of the alphabet. I have my own favorites - which ones do you like best?
(If you like, leave a comment about which letters are your favorites.)