I figured I better blog… Isn’t that what everyone else is doing?

I Love a Good Pen - Here Are My Favorites

This list will evolve. New pens keep coming out and I keep discovering old ones. First off, I should say I love technical line drawings. I look for pens that can handle tight consistent even flow line work. Some handle smooth and painted surfaces…

Life of a Dead Leaf - Drawings

This winter has been brutal! It's expected to drop to -15 tonight. I love to sketch in nature but just can't hardly hold a pencil outside in these temperatures! Not to mention, Iowa looks a bit like a winter wasteland this time of year (I love…

I'll make room for this chair

In case you were wondering what to get me for Christmas... This Eames Lounge Chair will do nicely.  Don't forget the footrest – I can't imagine the chair surviving without it.  A perfect union of originality and "if-it-aint-broke-don't-fix-it-ness".…
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About to Launch a New Website for Sustainable Installation

I'm in the process of developing a new website to share some of my projects in the areas of permaculture / sustainability. I'm a passionate organic gardener food lover with a growing collection of successful building, gardening and landscaping…

Essential Adobe Illustrator Tips

If you're like me and feel like there is always more to learn then you'll dig this article. I found it too good not to share. Whether you use Adobe Illustrator daily or are just getting started, you'll find some gems in William Beachy's article…

SEO - What Makes a Site/Page Stand Out?

If it's Google that your asking, the answer is really the same as if you asked me... QUALITY! Google wants to share relevant links to high quality, well-written, organized content. Sound simple. I guess we'd better define quality first.. Here's Google's bulleted checklist to test your own content: (Or, as they put it... "What counts as a high quality site?"):...read more

New Web Host Testing

I'm trying out a new web host: WebHostingHub.com Unfortunately, my old die hard host has died hard and it was time to move on. I can't say much about this new host yet but will update this post after 1 week, 1 month, and 1 year for a progress report. There are 3 things that I need in a host: ...read more

Sometimes the answer is the bathroom wall

Since the beginning of human experience, we have been seeing things our own way.   Two cavemen looking at a cloud are likely going to see two different things when their minds eye tries to make sense of the abstract or "random" shapes.  The trick as an artist (yes you are all artists!), is to act on shapes, colors, feelings, and ideas that get your attention.  How you act is completely up to you ...read and see more

A Blog, Dontcha Know it

I'm really enjoying WordPress lately! Launched this new website today! I've been developing so many of my clients websites on WordPress that I figured I better try to keep up with my own. It's been a long time coming! I love the WordPress…