She won't see it until she arrives, so I think I can safely post a picture of Rachel's birthday present without it ruining the surprise… I got it all framed and have packing stuff for her so she can actually bring this back to her place in LA (the last painting I made for her is immense and can't really be shipped).
Along the same lines, I am 99% sure my brother (who's a far better and far more intuitive artist than me — his work is very flowing and natural, almost like cavepaintings) doesn't read this blog… So I can also mention that I'm working on a painting for him based on a drawing that he did that's kind of a pseudo-self-portrait. When they sent Nefarious's birthday present they “packed the box with monsters” (ie. drew them inside the box) and this was one of them.
Anyway, I probably won't have time to finish it this weekend but I will this weekend (I think we're going to the Science Centre or something)… It's a really quick, fun painting. Jon just got a place down the road, so I have a little more workspace here and am going to get a router and tablesaw so I can start building frames myself and finally get everything I have framed.