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a set of 3 rekindle stones for danny boy’s 40th birthday

October 19, 2011

Tis’ my brother Dan’s 40th birthday today.  Happy Birthday dear Danny Boy.  I decided to make him a set of three Rekindle Stones for his birthday.  The stones come from Hood Point in the Hood Canal in this here lovely state of Washington.  Here are some photos of the stones.

Blue Note label design on final product

October 15, 2011

Thought I’d share a photo Robb Nelson shared with me of the Blue Note wine the Northville Winery just released.  To see more about the label I designed, scroll down a couple posts….

Quick Revamp of Northville Winery’s “Michigan Red” wine label

October 14, 2011

The other day I got a call from my friend Robb saying he wanted me to revamp their old label for their “Michigan Red” wine, and he needed it done in a day.  The original was a label created for the winery before I began working with them on designs.  Usually I create new paintings and do a bunch of different design mockups and we go through a three-step process that takes some time.  For this one, they wanted to keep the same large one-piece label that they used for the original.  So since it was needing to be done in a day, I used the same background as I used in the recent Blue Note label, tweaked the coloring and altered it a bit.  Then I used one of the illustrations that I created for them a few years ago which never got used.  And so after about a day and third, I finished the revamped label.  Sometimes it’s good to have parameters set that effect your normal creative process.  I like how it turned out, and if I had more time I’d keep working on it to look even better.

Buddhapedia & Karma Store design work

October 4, 2011

A few months ago I did some work for two websites that have yet to become actual websites for a local Fremont resident, Ivan.  One site is Buddhapedia that is to be a resource for people interested in approachable, easy-to-access information on Buddhism.  And the other is Karma Store, which is an online presence for a local business leaving it’s physical store front called Far East Handicrafts.  Below are the two finished logos and also a few of the other illustrations I made for the project.  They are all in a sort of “rough form” because the project was never completed, so I haven’t yet made them as sharp as they could be in a final phase of design.  I thought I should share them anyway.

Blue Note – new wine label for The Northville Winery

September 26, 2011

I recently finished making a new label for The Northville Winery in Michigan for their Blue Note wine.  The wine is a white wine with blueberries added for flavor.  The name came from the term commonly used in jazz, which is “a note sung or played at a slightly lower pitch than that of the major scale for expressive purposes. Typically the alteration is a semitone or less, but this varies among performers and genres”.  So the addition of the blueberry is the blue note in the wine.  With this in mind, I created two paintings with several forms in each, where a blue form stood out from the rest.  After creating several different mockups for both the front and back labels, the two below are the final ones chosen for the new label.

“Familiar Space” – 4 hour live painting from last Saturday

September 17, 2011

Last Saturday I took part in a “live painting” event at the Central District Art Walk in Seattle.  It was an interesting process painting in front of people passing by, and working within a 4 hour time limit.  It was a good experience and I hope to do it again sometime.  The painting is roughly 9″ x 18″.  Click on image to enlarge.


Reworking an old painting : “Looking Out Onto The World (2011 revised)”

August 23, 2011

While recently home in Michigan and bringing some art over to the Northville Winery that was stored at my parent’s home, I decided to take a painting I made back in 2006 and go back into it, and make it a more developed painting. I liked the original painting, but also thought it would be fun to take a relatively “loose” painting and add some more depth to it. Here are the results. The painting is for sale on my Etsy shop (it’s $280 plus shipping & handling). Click the images to enlarge.