Jim Paillot
March 2007
Crazy Ants
Boy's Life Magazine, "Crazy Ants"
I've been knee deep in some larger book projects for the last couple of years so when I get a chance to do spot art I grab it. This small spot for Boy's Life is a perfect example of the bite-size art I love to do. Since I have the attention span of a gibbon these "one week for sketches and one week for final art" jobs are the perfect size and usually fun and almost always a good creative challenge. Also, I got to draw a gigantic red ant.

This spot was for a short article about the spread of Crazy Ants.
Last week we rented a little place on the beach in San Diego. After a few days of sand, pizza, wet dogs and lots of laughs my son, Cam (age 8) presented this graph he made for me. After I quit laughing it occurred to me that I don't know if I high number is good or bad!! And he wasn't telling.
Medicine Man
After completely gutting our guest bath last year we finally put the finishing touches on it a few weeks ago. It's not bigger but it is better. Anyone who has gotten his/her hands dirty renovating baths and kitchens knows there are always happy suprises when you pull up tile or knock down a wall. Leaky pipes, crumbly, corroded tile and exposed wire. That all adds to the joy of do-it-yourself land. I didn't tackle the plumbing but I did do the carpentry (thanks for the gift of knowledge, Dad!), painting and this last bit of detail... the medicine cabinet.

My original plan was to have the door of the cabinet embedded with tiny lights and to have a few working gears on the frame but the lure of being able to have the darned room finished was too tempting. It's been a big hit with the kids so my clients are happy.
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