Category Archives: Thoughts

Keep it Simple

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This summer, I worked on a handful of large(ish) projects. Some of them came out pretty okay, and some of them…Less than spectacularly. I did a presentation at the Saint Louis Science Center called “The Breakdown” about breaking down dream projects into smaller, goal oriented projects. Some of the smaller projects build directly into the dream project, and some of… Read more »

Let’s Talk About Mentors

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 I’ve literally had some version of this logo kicking around in my head for twenty years. I think about it from time to time because it represents the first time I helped try to organize something. I thought of it today because of a DJ on our local indie-radio station named Steve Pick. This morning, he played a Camper Van… Read more »

So You Want To Do A Demo…

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Bill Bubenik, the simpleton behind West Park Creative, has been making letterpress stationery for years. His line of sweetly offensive letterpress greeting cards say what you really want to, but probably couldn’t get away with. Like “So… 29 again, huh?” But somehow, when it’s on a card, all bets are off and you can say whatever you want. We’re glad… Read more »

Overwhelmed (As Usual)

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My “Day Job” such as it is, is pretty regular freelance work designing lapel pins and medals for Little League teams, Soccer Clubs, and Marathons. I bring this up, because I bought this account when I left my first studio job to be a full-time freelancer and stay-at-home dad. I was thinking about this last night, and realized that I’ve… Read more »

Inktober – Finding the Passion to Practice

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Several years ago, I made the decision to put away miniature war games and focus on art. The idea was that the artists who I admired didn’t just get good at it. One day, they made an actual, active choice to be a better artist. They intentionally decided to begin doing the work of being an artist. I realize that… Read more »

Why We Make Things

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I wrote this article a couple of months ago on my Craft Monster show blog. Being a part of a community has always been a big deal to me, and Craft Monster has allowed me to meet and hear the stories of so many of my local makers. Being a Craft Monster, I know quite a few creative people from… Read more »

Just Do The Work

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Something I find myself thinking more often than I really want to admit is “I wish I’d learned this earlier”…often while having to remind myself that I may have not been listening. I was out of college for four years before I really began to take the idea of making a living from doing art seriously again, and I had… Read more »

Starting in the Middle

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Having a blog has been a huge part of my websites since I began working professionally for myself nearly twelve years ago. The blog is a great place to talk about current projects, and upcoming shows. It’s been a welcome break from production and opportunity to download my thoughts about work, art, and about my community. Writing about my artwork,… Read more »

Talking About a Resolution

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The holidays are a natural time to think about what we’ve done over the course of the year and about our plans for next year. New Years is when a lot of us do it. We see a need in our life and want to make a change for the better. Is New Years really the only time we can… Read more »

Thankful Like Mark Watney

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I always think about pretty specific themes around the holidays. Thankfulness, giving, and resolutions to make changes in our lives in the new year. I love seeing people’s thankful posts on facebook and twitter, and it’s a great tradition to spend a minute each day thinking about the ways in which we’re blessed. Usually these posts show us at our… Read more »