Mapping downtown

Several months ago Salina Downtown asked me to create an illustrated map to highlight attractions in the area. The map was to be printed as well as serve as an online resource, showing the ever-changing construction zones. As we finished the stage with all the major attractions, the decision was made to include retail shops, […]

Jeffersonian tomatoes

Clay Jenkinson, the man who portrays Thomas Jefferson on The Thomas Jefferson Hour podcast says that to truly be ‘Jeffersonian,’ one should attempt to grow some of their own food. So in that spirit, I planted a cherry tomato bush this year. My harvest was a grand total of six teeny tomatoes. Here’s a painting of […]

Naked ladies!

I’ve been obsessed with all the Naked Lady Lilies (Amaryllis Belladonna) blooming for the past month or so. I did some mixed media experiments, with mixed results. The one on the far right is in process.

Presidents’ Day

To celebrate Presidents’ Day, I followed the recent suggestion that historian Clay Jenkinson made to the current president: read through some of his 44 predecessors’ inaugural addresses.

May I have a word, please?

pollex noun (pl. pollices ) Anatomy & Zoology a person’s big toe; Zoology the innermost digit of a forelimb, especially the thumb in primates. Origin: mid 19th cent.: from Latin, literally ‘thumb or big toe.’ See more words-of-the-occasional-day here.  

Every day I’m truffling, truffling.

The owner of Sweet On You chocolate shop asked me to create some custom illustrations of truffles. My plan was to do a set of six pencil drawings of truffles on plates. I did one drawing right away, then got very busy with client work, and didn’t start again until right before the opening. I spent […]

Why didn’t I think of this!?

I’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 […]