5 Questions To Ask Yourself

If you’re in business and dealing with customers, here are 5 questions to ask yourself next time you think you’ve come up with the solution to your latest problem:

  1. What customers will be affected by your new solution and how?
  2. How will your solution ultimately be cost effective?
  3. Who wins when you implement your solution?
  4. Will your solution communicate empathy and build trust?
  5. What behaviors will your solution require your customers to change?

And the last is a freebie… Is your solution worth it?

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Latest Painting: Aspen Grove

Just completed my own riff on the awesome paintings by Melissa Graves Brown (who is so much better than I’ll ever be!).  I guess it’s true that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!  I love the vibrancy of the colors and the dreamy atmosphere.  Oil on canvas.

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How to Move a WordPress Website to a New Hosting Provider in 4 Easy Steps

This is a post in progress, but I wanted to go ahead and get part of it out there…  I’ve recently decided, after several years at another hosting provider, to move this website to Bluehost.  I’ve hosted a number of websites at Bluehost for various purposes, but just never got around to actually moving my personal blog until now.  This post will walk you through the 4 steps to move your site! Continue reading

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Stuff to Remember About Vacationing in Destin

The family just got back in town after a fun vacation and while I was there, I promised myself to make some notes about the things I want to be sure an remember for the next time we get to head down there. Continue reading

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Build Your Own Float Frame

I think that the Float Frame (or floater or floating frame as I’ve heard them called) is a particularly stylish way to display canvas art from paintings to canvas photo prints.  I’m sure they’ve been around for a while, but I’ve just recently started seeing a lot of gallery art framed this way.  The thing I particularly like is that I can build these relatively easily and they’re pretty versatile as far as framing different styles of art.  In this post, I’ll cover building one from start to finish. Continue reading

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Lessons I Learned from Creating a Magazine

If you read my last post and had a look at either the print or digital versions of First Things magazine, I think that you’ll agree with that this was a large and complex project.  And with a project of this scale I was bound to learn a few lessons along the way, which I did.  And here are a few of them: Continue reading

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First Things Magazine

After several months of work, I finally completed my latest project!  On August 23rd the inaugural issue of First Things magazine was rolled out at a conference hosted by the company I work for.  Unfortunately, the App Store rejected my initial digital edition app submission, but once I figured out why and resubmitted it, it was approved and available on September 2nd. Continue reading

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Here’s a Mashup of Interesting Things I Ran Across Last Week

Artist Mark Dorf has some of the more interesting art I’ve run across recently.  Not sure I like it, but I really do appreciate it.

I’ve been looking for tutorials or tips on painting surf for a project I want to do, which is a painting of this shot I took in Destin, FL.

I’m always fascinated by tips on becoming more persuasive because I’m so not.

Made steak recently on my new cast iron skillet.  I’ve always been a “griller”, but I’m experimenting with pan searing using tips from Alton Brown and Bobby Flay.

This post by Seth Godin reminds me of Ecclesiastes 7:15-16 if I really think about it.

Fantastic tutorial on drawing a female eye.

Down here in the deep south, I’ve actually met some people like this.

Sounds like someone’s cracked the Facebook advertising code.  This reminds me of what we would’ve liked Homeskoolie to become, but we would’ve had to make our own shirts!

Years later, I’m still using my own tutorial on Photoshop’s Vanishing Point to remember how to use it!

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Music, Art and a Harvard Business Review article

Ran across a few interesting things this week that I thought I’d curate.  Some music, a little art and an interesting Harvard Business Review article.

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Perspective Study

I’ve been working on my perspective drawing lately.  I’m finding this is pretty crucial in making drawings look realistic.  Without perspective and proportion, my attempts to draw things look more like a really bad Picasso throw aways than the masterpiece I envision in my mind.

Perspective study for drawing sketches

Perspective study for drawing sketches

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