Why didn’t I think of this!?

Stephen-Alcorn-Milton-GlaserI’ve professed my admiration for Milton Glaser for years. When I saw this series by Stephen Alcorn, I was immediately envious — and very impressed.

Stephen had early exposure to Glaser’s genius (his father, John Alcorn, worked with him at Pushpin Studios), which provided inspiration for this project, and I love his emphasis on learning from history and then thoroughly exploring his subjects.

Now I’m inspired by Alcorn, and am having lots of ideas for subjects to obsess about.

I’m lukewarm on this logo…

rhode island logo milton glaser… but not on Milton Glaser’s coolness.

At almost 90 years old, Milton Glaser is still a dynamic force in the design world. His firm is responsible for the new identity promoting Rhode Island. Despite the designer’s reputation, reactions to the logo are mixed. Many people see it as amateurish, finding fault with everything from the overall concept and tagline to minor (but important) design details. Continue reading

Howdy, Harley

pencil illustration of pugThis was a fun — a portrait of a friend’s pug, Harley. Working from several photos, it was an exercise in obsession. It’s easy to get lost in the detail of fur.


See more of my Creative Sprint projects here.

Last week I attended an AIGA talk by Noah Scalin at Wichita State University. He discussed his Skull-A-Day project from a few years ago, which he started out of frustration about losing his creative edge (here’s the skull he made with students from WSU). He and his sister Mica run a project call Creative Sprint, and Noah challenged all of us to take part, following a creative prompt that comes via email each day during April. Here’s what I made for Day 1 — the directions were to make something from the elements in your immediate environment.

creative sprint day 1

Friends, family, and fishing


I’m often asked to donate work for various causes, and one that I always agree to is the CAPS (Child Advocacy & Parenting Services) Annual Auction. This year the mixed media collage I’m contributing was originally done for a friend of mine who had a grand passion for his grandsons. He fondly related tales of fishing trips and spending time with them at the family farm.


Art, now and then


I traveled to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas to see the exhibition, State of the Art (the show has closed, but you can still see the work here). Two friends of mine have work in the show — Randy Regier and Mary Kay. Randy is a very creative guy who uses the idea of toys in his work, and Mary Kay is a brilliant painter, drawer, and teacher (and I just happened to have designed her website).  Continue reading

Inspiration from the past

MadameXHomesweethomeJanuary 12 marks the anniversary of John Singer Sargent’s birth. I have always admired his excellent drawing skills coupled with his mastery of paint.

I was reminded of him in a roundabout way after listening to a story on Studio 360 about Steve Mumford, an artist who documented the Iraq War with drawings and paintings. Mumford’s Baghdad Journals are a moving account of the time he spent there. He was inspired by Winslow Homer’s documentation of the American Civil War.  Continue reading