Even back in 1979, I had critters on my mind and added them into my art when I could. This one, reading TIME magazine on some alien but paper-accessible world, is based on a "deep-sea holothurian" or "sea pig" which is a real ocean creature. It's painted in gouache, an opaque watercolor paint which I experimented with back in those days. I never use it now because it is not only fragile, but fades. This picture was sold for the majestic sum of $7 at Boskone 1979.
"Thing of the Year" is gouache on Bristol board, 5" x 6", February 1979.