This painting is a result of a really interesting project.
I owed a favor to somebody and they called it this christmas.
The request was to paint a "christmas" card, and upon my asking, the person who wanted it didn't tell me to stay away from any particular issues or imagery. So I took all the liberty I wanted and just painted santa and a couple little CMYK elves (it was for a printer).
Funny thing was that the printer didn't get back to me in a timely fashion and by the time there was only half a day left before they needed to print the cards - they finally wrote me an email saying "Ok well I like it but my boss needs it to be more non denominational, he is Jewish..."
When asked what I should do to make it right for her and her boss, I was told (and I'm quoting all of this from email) "Shit I am not sure either maybe throw some Jewish shit in there..."
I was pretty offended. I'm not jewish but to just throw around culture like it's a bag of garbage is not really my style. I don't like to hear people belittle culture like that.
At that point, I realized that I was dealing with a person without class, so I just painted a bonfire over santa and called it a night. I still liked this version, and I hope it doesn't offend anybody. But the next time this woman calls asking for a favor for her work i'm going to have to say "Shit no...maybe you should learn some more politically correct shit."
Oh well... Shit, you live and you learn.