COMPLETED – The Perfect Christmas Gift

The Perfect Christmas Gift

And so we have it: the perfect Christmas gift. Forget about sitting in traffic. This car flies over all of that.

-No need to drive through confusing roads

-No need to worry about crashing

-No need to worry about being late

It’d be wonderful! If it was real.

What inspired this picture? It’s quite simple. Anyone who lives in a car-centric area is more or less dependent on a car for everything. Of course, one of the problems that comes with living in a car-centric place is that you have to navigate badly designed roads and avoid horrible drivers. Anyone who lives in a place like, say, Atlanta, GA in the United States understands this.

A car like this would be the perfect Christmas gift. But, given that the perfect Christmas gift doesn’t exist, there’s no use stressing over getting someone the perfect Christmas gift. There’s no use wishing desperately for the perfect Christmas gift, either.

The Perfect Christmas Gift – Work In Progress


Finally, we get to the sky. Each time I paint winter wonderlands, I always make the sky blue. I ought to be gray, but blue and white work better together.

Plus, it makes the painting way less dreary. Christmas isn’t dreary, now is it? It’s supposed to be whimsical and fun, or, in this case, peaceful and relaxing (albeit absurd).

The Perfect Christmas Gift – In Progress


So, I’m back from a weeklong break. It’s always good to take some time off from the internet to rejuvenate, so to speak.

I made more progress on The Perfect Christmas Gift! One thing that was particularly difficult with this painting was getting the cars’ reflections right. Reflections on glass and metal are pretty challenging to paint.

Process of Making Interstellar


In a previous post, I stated that The Odd One Out, now known as Interstellar, would make more sense when I completed it. Now that it’s done, I’ll leave it to you to decide whether this picture now makes more sense. In the video below, I show how I made this painting of a “teacup solar system”, so to speak.

But, why beverages in space? Well, the simple fact is that we really have no clue what’s out there in the universe. The universe is vast, and we’re just ants living in it. There could be all sorts of random stuff floating around in outer space that we haven’t seen yet. The stuff we do see like floating fireballs (stars) and “horse head nebulae” don’t really make sense to us. So, why not a teacup solar system?

Despite the absurdity of the universe, I’m able to appreciate its inherent beauty. If I see something that I find odd, I don’t try to understand it. I just appreciate the fact that it exists.

The Floodgates of Heaven


From the Book of Malachi:

Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it. I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not cast their fruit,” says the LORD Almighty.

In case you couldn’t tell, this right here is one of my favorite verses in the Bible. Religious art doesn’t have to be boring and sappy. In fact, I find that the Bible makes for great inspiration for surrealist paintings.

Biomimicry 1


If you take a close look at a shark, does it look like an airplane? I’d say it does. The pectoral fins are the wings of an airplane, the dorsal fin is the top wing of the airplane.

Quite simply, sharks are fine-tuned water airplanes. It makes sense for a hydrodynamic fish to inspire an aerodynamic vehicle.

The end result of this observation is this Salvador Dali-inspired painting before you.