Winter White Mini Photo Sessions Starting January 19

Just like the Couch-in-the-field mini photo session, we will be taking appointments for 1 hour mini photo sessions starting January 19. Light photo editing always available with no extra charge.

Mini Photo Session @ Poplar Creek Forest Preserve


Vintage Pantone

colors-6 colors-4 colors-1colors-4 Color study from 1692 by an artist known only as A. Boogert.  Looks like the original Pantone swatches.  I’ve seen this before with color wheels and theory. Time to Google. Until then, the rest of the yummy color blocks are located at Colossal

Pickin’ UP Stuff

vintage paper

Another antique market find. The Zanol Product Company made a little bit of everything including needles. Inside of the card is an even tinier envelope filled with sewing needles.

Fell in love with these Victorian trade cards from Dilworth’s Coffee. Edward Dilworth Latta was one hell of a traveling salesman. He built a southern empire in not just one industry but several. Surprised Starbucks hasn’t created ad campaigns like this… collectable trading cards. These are just down right gorgeous.

Vintage Direct Mail


I’m addicted to vintage advertising. I found this piece in a cigar box at the Grayslake Antique Market. The thoughtful design, unique illustration and of course the printed details made me buy the entire lot. It’s all in the details right? Silver shimmery ink for the S. C. Schwartz Co. Must have been some fancy pants.

I’m not sure about the kick in the butt message though.


Back to the drawing board

time to sharpen the pencils
time to sharpen the pencils

After a wonderful year off, it’s time to go back to the other work. Honestly, the boss was a bit of a baby. 🙂 And the new Associate Boss (his partner in crime) is an even bigger baby. I needed to pick this guy up at the antique fair in Mundelein. My  fancy pants pencils from World Market were meant to sit cozy in matching dusty value.

Mustache Bash

For the greatest baby little man in the world, we are throwing a Mustache Bash. We started with the invites and everything design-y that we can do here and there along the way. I finally hit a snag. Our car isn’t large enough to accommodate the plywood needed for our backdrop photo prop. We’ve seen a ton all over Pinterest and our favorite blogs. A Subtle Revelry has one that is fun. This one is what I am hoping to make.

More templates and party pieces here.

Thank you. I appreciate art in every attempt entirely because it is subjective. I don’t get it sometimes. I don’t even think it needs to be a ~think piece. Does it add value or relevance or connect…? That’s it. I appreciate the need for a history. 500+ years of evolution has an impact on more than life itself- the education and communication of art can follow suit too. Mona had her day in the light. Let’s please move forward.


Dancers on a Plane by Jasper Johns

Once again, I feel compelled to address some claims made by the art critic Jonathan Jones at The Guardian.  This time, Jones has written a piece attacking Banksy.  This in itself is not the problem.  The problem is that the attack makes very little sense under close examination.

Here is the crux of Jones’s argument:

Some art can exist just as well in silence and obscurity as on the pages of newspapers. The Mona Lisa is always being talked about, but even if no one ever again concocted a headline about this roughly 510-year-old painting it would still be as great. The same is true of real modern art. A Jasper Johns painting of a network of diagonal marks surrounded by cutlery stuck to the frame, called Dancers On a Plane – currently in an exhibition at the Barbican – was just as real, vital and profound when…

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