Category Archives: Business

Wrestle With My Demons And Sometimes Snuggle

It has been one of those days… so I thought I would share with you one of the most popular sayings I’ve had for the last couple of years in my online shops. Sometimes I wrestle with my demons. Sometimes … Continue reading

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Copyright Infringement and Public Ignorance

I’ve had my designs stolen a number of times over the decades, and every time I’ve tracked it down, it was because the person was basically ignorant about copyright and that they can’t just use and sell anything they like.  … Continue reading

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Artists Have Bills & Can’t Work For Free

I was inspired by a similar poster to make this design and offer it on mugs, tees, cards, prints, magnets, and more at Cafepress.  Too often, creative workers are expected to give their work away.  We have bills to pay … Continue reading

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Out Of Chaos – Art

On the left is a plastic basin and lid I use for acrylic painting, and on the right are the palettes of my watercolors.  In the cold winter weather we have in Montana this time of year, I tend to … Continue reading

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Gift Ideas For The Nature Lover

This Rocky Mountain nature watercolor is a painting I initially created for a souvenir tee shirt manufacturer.  It’s a timeless design for people who love nature.  Now I offer it on numerous gift items online, like jewelry, mugs, shirts, tiles, … Continue reading

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Commission A Painting – Small Business Shopping

It’s small business Saturday for shopping, so don’t forget the one-person businesses of artists and artisans (like me) who sell custom work directly to the buyer. You can give the gift of a gift certificate for a painting or have … Continue reading

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Downtown Bozeman, Montana, Pen and Ink

This is a pen and ink illustration of the historic downtown of my hometown, Bozeman, MT.  The original is about 28 inches wide.  Where it’s always a pleasure to shop, the downtown’s slogan. copyright 1983 I was a member of … Continue reading

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Oh No They Didn’t! – thirteen movie poster trends that are here to stay and what they say about their movies

Oh No They Didn’t! – thirteen movie poster trends that are here to stay and what they say about their movies. Illustrators, check out this analysis of cliche movie poster designs. Very clever. 1. Tiny People On the Beach, Giant … Continue reading

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Call Me, Telephone, A Mixed Media Painting

This is a painting on canvas that is 16 inches by 20 inches, just finished today.  It is a mixture of acrylic painting, ink, and heat transfer (no paper).   It isn’t a traditional collage. I experimented with a photo I … Continue reading

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Rest In Peace, Steve Jobs, and THANK YOU for the Mac I love

It’s hard to even know what to say about the sad passing of Steve Jobs.  I have said many times, “I love my Mac”.  I am offended that people consider the admiration of the incredible talent and ingenuity of Steve … Continue reading

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Solitude, The Pasture Tree, My Art On Zatista

The livestock graze beneath trees in the pastures, shaping them in to rounded lollipops.  The painting of this lone tree is titled Solitude. Dimensions are 11 inches by 14 inches. Solitude is one of a group of works on canvas … Continue reading

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“What Font Should I Use?”: Five Principles for Choosing and Using Typefaces – Smashing Magazine

“What Font Should I Use?”: Five Principles for Choosing and Using Typefaces – Smashing Magazine. Read the article.  I don’t have much to add to this, except don’t forget to look at the pictures!

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Inside Google Search · Search by Image

Inside Google Search · Search by Image. Here is another tool to find unauthorized use of your art and design on the internet. There are 4 ways to search… drag and drop, upload the image, copy and paste the image … Continue reading

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Are You An Artist And Reference Hoarder?

I just listed these vintage vocabulary picture work sheets in my Etsy shop of old stuff, Mistress of Merlin. I am both fascinated and repulsed by the current trend of “reality shows” that depict the lives of hoarders.  Every cable … Continue reading

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Who Stole My Pictures Is a Firefox Extension That Helps You Locate Copied Images

Who Stole My Pictures Is a Firefox Extension That Helps You Locate Copied Images. This is an extension you add to Firefox to quickly search your images online to see where they have been used.

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The Denial Hits The Fan – YouTube

The Denial Hits The Fan – YouTube. Climate Reality has two new videos (link above) promoting 24 Hours of Reality, a live steam on their web site starting at 7pm Central Time on September 14.  http://climaterealityproject.org/

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Jeff Fisher LogoMotives: LogoGarden.com harvests pros’ logos – including Jeff Fisher designs – and sells images on site

Jeff Fisher LogoMotives: LogoGarden.com harvests pros’ logos – including Jeff Fisher designs – and sells images on site.

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Daily Santorum: What the font?

Daily Santorum: What the font?. Be aware of trademarks and copyrights, even on fonts.

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‪Warren Buffett On Why U.S. Taxes Are Too Low For The Wealthy‬‏ – YouTube

‪Warren Buffett On Why U.S. Taxes Are Too Low For The Wealthy‬‏ – YouTube.

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Vintage Oak Flat File

A friend of mine gave me this beautiful set of flat file drawers.  You can never have too much storage space, especially in a studio.  I still have the “old-fashioned” archives of watercolors, watercolor paper, flat canvas paintings, prints, and … Continue reading

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