On a recent visit to Arnold, California, we took a detour off highway 4 to Quyle Kilns. I was lucky to get a full backstage tour of the studios from Pamela Quyle. Short story is this woman grew up in the arts, raised her kids in the studios, and works there today (her sister runs the winery and organic farming ventures). Continue reading
I haven’t made tie dyes since high school, but I’ve had this kit since then! Finally the time had come. My daughter and I had a great time making our drab whites way colorful on a lovely Saturday afternoon. I had been saving up white shirts and bottoms for months. We probably colored 30 pieces (many kids clothes). I also colored a number of types of paper for printmaking. I’ll post those once I make something of them! Now that I know I can do it in half a day we might host a little tie dye party next time.
My brother is marrying a great lady and they are having some trouble finding a venue. Here are the specifics, please let us know if you have any ideas or know anyone in the biz who can help.
- At least 100 guests including kids
- Timing: this fall or next spring
- Looking for something rustic, unique, relaxed, some DIY, many family members want to help
- Not overly expensive, nice, but affordable, good value
- He is a mechanic, she runs a preschool
- They both live in San Diego, many guests are in So Cal but out-of-town guests will need to secure housing
- Want to serve beer and wine and food
- They like/have considered Stone brewery (north county), wineries, and the Prado, open to a park or barn but need nice facilities (no port-a-potties)
A few months ago I had some free time on my hands and a need for some intellectual stimulation. It was a perfect opportunity to do some pro bono work. I discovered the website Catch a Fire, signed up and applied for a project. After a quick phone interview I was “hired” to create a scope of work for a website design for my new friend Tricia Slavik. Tricia is starting an online database to help connect parents and caregivers of children with mental illness to the RIGHT providers. This is a surprisingly difficult task for something so crucial and heart wrenching as the well being of our beloved children. Continue reading
I challenged myself to create a series of painted and embellished small wood houses. I was thinking about home and life with young children, the work and life see-saw, technology, and travel. Four of these pieces were shown at the Small Works show at Capital Artworks in December 2015 and January 2016. Some are for sale and range in price from $25 to $65. They range in size from 3 to 8 inches. Want to buy one or learn to make one? Let me know.
These can be habits, concepts, ideas… they can be local, universal, personal. These concepts will continue to run in themes throughout my artwork because they are in my brain and part of my experience. Continue reading
Why am I writing about him? Because I’m taking a class at Sacramento City College on Lithography and our first assignment is to write a short paper about this guy. So lets get to it! Continue reading
At the end of August of last year I left my job with 10up. This was the first time in a very long time I left a job without a plan (other than to spend more time with my kids). Turns out that was TOO much time with my kids. I also felt that, much to my horror, I may have finally burned out on web design. That also turned out not to be true, I still love technology and communication interaction (phew). Continue reading
I just helped a friend with this and thought I’d write a quick how-to because its super easy once you know what you’re looking for. First, some basics…
WordPress is software. Open source content management software that allows you to use any browser to write and publish content. Your content is stored in a database, in tables kinda like a spreadsheet. WordPress talks to the database every time anyone presses a button (to show a post, search, display a gallery). Continue reading
Exciting news: Four of my small works have been accepted into a group show at Capital Artworks here in Sacramento!
Proactive Communication Saves Your Ass
I recently told a client I would deliver a document by “the end of this week/early next week”. Normally that’s a fine promise to make and easy to keep. Except this time the document I was delivering was being written by someone else. I checked in on the progress every couple days, stressing that I had told the client to expect it. In fact, I remember that little voice in my head being wary- and I did say something to the effect of “If I tell him we’ll have it, we better have it.” Continue reading