April 24, 2011 at 11:47 pm (Uncategorized)


I’ve been bad with keeping up with this blog.  I run another blog for the design courses I teach and apparently I let this one slip!  My apologies!

Let’s see…what’s new?

I have work entered into the Macallan Masters of Photography challenge…click on this link:  LINK!   (then give needed info then come back and reclick on this link…their direct linking to vote is rather odd).  I need TONS of votes so spread the word!!!

The 3 images entered into the competition are pulled from my self-directed photo documentary from my cross country trip in 2000 (since pulled into its own book project…see below “Disintegrations”).

This semester is already at mid-term (time flies!) and we’re revving up for the last 5 weeks of the term (since they’re 10 week terms here).  Lots to do, lots to do!

Art on!,



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New Edition of Book!

February 8, 2011 at 1:58 am (Uncategorized)

The lulu version of “Where the wind knows our name” is up and ready for action!  While I like blurb and their print quality, I needed the ISBN and the ability to get my product out there…so lulu became the “new” publisher!

Click here for info on how to purchase a copy!!!

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New Semester!

October 13, 2010 at 6:41 pm (Uncategorized)

Welcome all to the 1004c fall/winter semester!

Let’s try to make it a good one!!!

Multipage Design:
This week we will be making books the “traditional” way….be sure to think about what textures/graphics you want to use for your cover/pages.

We will be using the traditional 4 hole stab binding. You can preview the techniques at

Monday in class we will be designing our cover (letter size portrait) and our pages (letter size horizontal) and we will assemble on Wednesday.



(samples from a google image search)


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People’s Choice – Blurb Book Contest!

August 2, 2010 at 6:29 pm (Uncategorized)

So the books that I entered into the competition are now able to be voted on by YOU!

Be sure to cast your vote today!!!!

Vote Today For People’s Choice!!!!!

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July 16, 2010 at 2:38 am (Uncategorized)

So, I did it!

I gulped and took the plunge! is having a book contest and the deadline is….tonight (lol!). I was working for a while on a book of the trip I did out west a decade ago. It turned into my fairy tale (of a sort).

Here’s the introduction to the book:

This book has been in the works for indirectly a decade. The images were taken on a trip out west in 2000, which was initially seen as a trip to embrace joy, but in retrospect, I see the decay was there at the beginning.

Relationships have a start, and some have an end. This is the journey of both.

Taken with my beloved Pentax K-1000 during the trip. It’s a camera still cherished and holds a special spot on my shelf. The camera broke during this trip, causing exposure issues. Archieved into their negative sleeves, I boxed them up and said I’d work on them more when I was less frustrated.

Time came and went and the box came off of the shelf. A decade had actually started to wear away at the negatives (no matter how careful I was with preserving) and the parallel between the images and my relationship’s end became clear. This book needed born.

Life is all about change and evolution. The creation, destruction and demise and rebirth of our selves and our surrounds. It’s the disintegrations and their rebuilds that make us who we are and how we rebound.

This is my fairy tale, of a sorts.

Enjoy, all! 🙂

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The Soft Cover Arrives!

July 13, 2010 at 2:15 pm (Uncategorized)

Well, I finally got the soft cover version completed and uploaded!  Surprisingly enough, Blurb’s large and small square blank templates are not proportionate   ha!   Took some tweaking and viola! finished!

Also am working on a decade long photo project of images of my road trip out west.  Unbeknownst to me at the time of the trip, my camera (old Pentax k1000) went bad (meter broke) and everything got washed out when exposed.  Thanks to the joys of photoshop, I’ve been reworking the images and boy do they look better!   Goodbye grey hello contrast!

More on that later, for now, enjoy the soft cover of Where the wind!

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Yahoo Question Fail!

July 8, 2010 at 2:54 pm (Uncategorized)


This site has been my recent obsession.  I spend quite a bit of time discussion the terrifying nature of stupidity (well, isn’t that a whole other rant?!).  This site seems to encapsulate stupidity at its finest.  I’ve been highly entertained by it and thought I’d post it for more to be entertained by reading.
Speaking of stupidity, watch Idiocracy.  It’s scary-real.

< /end random>    🙂

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From Hardback to Softback and missing the studio…

July 7, 2010 at 5:58 pm (Uncategorized)

So I’ve been in the works to convert the book from hardback to softback….it’s almost done!  I still need to finish up (redo?) the cover.  From 12×12 square to 7×7….it didn’t seem like much but it was!  lol!  I figured it would take me the weekend and so far I’m up to a week almost with it.  Tonight the cover should be resized and PDF’d and ready to go.  I will update here when finished.

I’ve been on the move lately from one house to another.  Doing this move slowly so as to insure my sanity will be kept!  The task of moving studios is the most challenging–kilns, plaster and marble wedging tables, drafting tables and shelves…wheels and clay!  The list goes on and on.  The one thing I’m finding is during the move, seeing all my papers and supplies and paints, I’ve been missing the studio.  Soon the move will end and I’ll be ready to roll again!!!!

Need a dose of daily design inspiration?  Check this out:

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WOOOO! Book has been published!

June 30, 2010 at 2:20 am (Uncategorized)



For over the past year I have been developing this book.  It’s a culmination of my histories on my Mom’s side of the family.

Long before my grandmother died, she passed her negatives and prints to me to ensure their archiving. All her work and h…er family’s images were scanned and compiled with a story she wrote on her life. Growing up she always had a camera with her (i have since inherited those as well) and we have a plethora of images throughout the years. How fortunate!

This book spans from the mid 1850s to WWII. Volume two (in the works) will cover WWII to the 1970s.  Volume II (in the works) will cover WWII to the 1970. As well, my mom has delved into our family history deeply rooted unbenknownst to us in Shawnee, Cherokee and French origins (dating back to 960 AD!)…that will be explored much more as well in the next volume.

Growing up, we were enthralled by my grandmother’s stories and pictures.   What a great opportunity technology has allowed for us in the preservation of the “fade-able” objects we cherish.

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Hello world!

May 18, 2010 at 7:59 pm (Uncategorized)

Here I am!

Blogspot was nice and all, but I’d like to have more options.  So….here I am!

I plan on concentrating on the art, design and literary world, but this is my zen & the art of random….so I’m not committing to just that!

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