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Unique holiday greetings make an impression!

Unique holiday greetings make an impression!

Make this season even more special by sending custom holiday cards to your clients and customers. It's a thoughtful way to let people know you value their business. I'm currently finishing up several customized greetings cards and letters for clients, but I think...

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A poppy for Veteran’s Day

A poppy for Veteran’s Day

Tomorrow is Veteran's Day, and we'll probably see a lot of poppies as a symbol of remembrance. Here's a little illustration of a poppy I did in my sketchbook a while back, and some info about how that tradition got started. From The Poppy Story on the American...

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Art history

Art history

Art History has been a longtime fascination of mine, in particular, the Renaissance. I took my first real Art History classes not so long ago (thank you Brad Anderson) and I’m always looking for ways to learn more. About a year ago, I ran across the Smithsonian Art...

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The Feelings Umbrella

The Feelings Umbrella

LaNay Meier is a retired mental health nurse who saw many people in pain throughout her career. She developed a concept that she thought could help people process their feelings in a healthy way — a ‘feelings umbrella.’ She wanted to create a book to help get this...

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A bookish bombshell

A bookish bombshell

My collages often tell a story, but I don’t know what the story is until the piece is well underway. In this case, I started with a vintage dictionary page as a background, then began rummaging through my collection of ephemera and other odds and ends. If the collage...

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Who’s your inspiration?

Who’s your inspiration?

Every Monday I get an email newsletter from painter Bob Burridge, which includes a link to one of his YouTube videos that he calls BobBlasts. They’re usually demonstrations of his technique, which is always loose and colorful and kinda wild. But this week’s BobBlast...

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Forgotten art supplies

Forgotten art supplies

I wish I had kept the red roto-tray that I had years ago. Apparently, they're now a collector's item, shown here at the Museum of Forgotten Art Supplies. There are a LOT of fascinating items on that Museum website! If you were a graphic designer, commercial artist,...

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Practice makes perfect.

Practice makes perfect.

The downside of a typical day for me is that it’s mostly spent staring at a computer screen. I do carry a sketchbook with me and frequently jot down details of my surroundings. But I love detailed drawing, and those kinds of projects don’t happen without conscious...

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7 reasons to hire me as your independent designer

7 reasons to hire me as your independent designer

You need materials that cut through the modern world’s visual clutter — in print, online, on mobile devices, and across social media platforms. But often there's more work to do than time to do it in. Here are 7 reasons why you would benefit from my help (there are...

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