The night is darkest just before the dawn. And I promise you, the dawn is coming.

That quote, for those of you who don’t watch movies, is from the film The Dark Knight. Until now, I just thought it was an interesting statement, but the fact is that I’ve lived like that. Also, until now, there was really no dawn to speak of.

But, as these usually do go, a subtle light has entered my world again. It’s just a small ray of light, actually, but in the severe darkness I’ve been through it becomes a shining beacon. A ray of hope, if you will.

This week, for the first time in sixteen months, I’ll be heading off to a day job.… Read the rest

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Spectrum Art Show Recap Part 1: As an Exhibitor

Last weekend, I had my very first booth ever at an art show. It was at the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live show in Kansas City, itself a first-time event. I’ve decided to write about my experiences, but it will take a couple of articles to get it all in. This one is the first part, about being an exhibitor, and I’ll follow it up with being an attendee and how I feel things will go after this.

First, I just want to say that the Spectrum folks were great to work with.… Read the rest

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Fun with Typography

In starting up my new online stores, I decided that it might not be a bad idea to have a few items that weren’t as much about my art as much as just “cool”. Being that, without a day job, I don’t get to play with graphic design as much anymore, I thought it would be fun to toy with typography.

For those reading this that aren’t designers, or aren’t familiar with the term, typography is using text and fonts in (hopefully) an interesting way in a design. I mean, you could just type out your information in a boring font, on one line, and hand it in.… Read the rest

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The art of catharsis

Sure, most of the time I’m a happy-go-lucky person with a cherub-like demeanor. But once in awhile I let the world get to me, as I’ve mentioned plenty of times on the site here. I’ve found one thing, that I love to do anyway, that gets rid of the depression usually.

Chiclets.

Ok, that’s not true. While Chiclets are certainly a delicious treat, they don’t settle my brain any. Especially when the muse is being bitchy, I need something to overcome the problems and move on with life. Without a day job, needing to rely on art to survive, I can’t really afford to stop work just because I have a sad day.… Read the rest

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Once more unto the breach

So, February ends, and with it the end of my day job.

Yes, believe it or not, artists have to eat, and often have day jobs. Or their families have to eat, that sometimes happens too.

In my case, I was the Creative Technologies Director for a nonprofit organization. As happens sometimes with nonprofits, the money runs out, and they can no longer afford to have a full staff. That’s what happened to me. They ran out of money, and I ran out of employment.

Now, I’ve said for a long time that I wanted to have more free time to do art, to create fine works that everyone anyone will love.… Read the rest

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