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“Hand-Made” Stationery

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“Hand-Made” Stationery

Suppose you are the Creative Director of a business and you get tasked with making some Thank You cards for an upcoming art show. It doesn’t even have to be that complicated. I’ll show you how I used a photo of some interesting concrete that I took while on a Texture Tour to make a unique set of stationery. So let’s jump in, shall we? Here is my photo of the concrete from my favorite local fast food joint, Pete's Fish & Chips... Now, my preferred art program is Autodesk’s Sketchbook. It’s free to use and very intuitive. Opening the...

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Eggs: The 30-second portraiture medium in your fridge

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Eggs: The 30-second portraiture medium in your fridge

You know art is a deep part of your identity when it exhibits unconsciously in the most mundane of ways. From the time my children were very little, I made them little mini-aprons and gave them a chair to stand on so they could join me in the kitchen. It was a great deal of fun! They learned how to cut shortening into flour for pie dough or how to roll out sugar cookies with a rolling pin. My goal was that they should be as independent as possible. By the time they were six-years-old, they could make scrambled eggs,...

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Fantastic Creatures: The pursuit of happiness

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Fantastic Creatures: The pursuit of happiness

What does your home environment say about you and who you are? A home tour at my brother and sister-in-law's house will immediately introduce you to an assortment of Medievally-themed curiosities in the front room. Unlike the popular 2016 film, there is no Director of Magical Security intent on erasing your memory (or your smile) of these fun and fantastic little beasts: (Stalag Mike sitting on top of the piano) As a family tradition, they selected these one at a time from a talented sculptor based out of Colorado (link here) who exhibited at the local Renaissance faire. Yes, you heard that...

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Be Yourself

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Be Yourself

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”― Oscar Wilde Self-expression is a journey worth taking. It takes on various forms, practical to quirky. By exposing yourself to something new and adventurous, you create fabulous memories. Does that mean you have your own bottle of vanilla syrup because you don’t trust the good folks at Coca-Cola to get the ratio just right? Maybe, and that’s perfectly fine.   Long hair? Skinny jeans? Okay. How about your walk? Try this on for size: next time you are out and about, try to pay attention to the way people walk. Their gait can say...

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Technocat: When technology meets cattitude

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Technocat: When technology meets cattitude

The Cat is a devotee of modern technology. It should be no surprise to anyone that Mr. Whiskers is motivated by a deep sense of meritocracy when shoving things off of shelves, mantles, and tabletops. Crude artifacts do not interest The Cat and as a consequence, are disposable. However, if it syncs with the cloud or preoccupies the hooman for extended periods of time–the object qualifies perfectly as a power The Cat must have.   The feline attraction to and compulsion to assume decision-maker status over technical applications is questioned by leading experts in the field. What can we learn from...

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