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REVIEW: The Art and Flair of Mary Blair by John Canemaker

the art and flair of mary blair by john canemaker


When I got into lettering and illustration, I started compiling a list of other artists whose work I really admired. Miroslav Sasek (I wrote about him here) and Alain Gree come to mind.

Mary Blair came up quite often in the online forums. Her best known work would be the It’s a Small World ride at the Disney parks.

Ok. I know what you’re thinking. That’s the kiddie ride you bypass on your way to the Haunted Mansion. Or if you’re traveling with little ones, you go on because you HAVE to.

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REVIEW: Keep Going by Austin Kleon

Keep Going Austin Kleon


The first book I saw by Austin Kleon was “Steal Like An Artist” in a shop at San Francisco airport. Aside from the intriguing headline, it was a friendly, non-intimidating book about unlocking your creativity. He’s also written “Show Your Work”, which talks about sharing your process. In “Keep Going”, the focus has more of a “Chicken Soup for the Soul” approach.

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Standing Desk: Not as weird as I thought.

standing desk


I’ve been battling with lower back issues for years, but in the summer of 2018 they became quite bad. I started to re-evaluate how I was working. I knew prolonged sitting isn’t good, and is stressful on the lower back. There are a myriad of studies on the dangers of prolonged sitting. As my chiropractor put it, “We’re meant to move.”

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How did 2018 measure up for me?

metal ruler


I’ve written a year (ok, 54 weeks) of consecutive, weekly blog posts. Here’s a look back on those things I thought went well, and those things I want to improve on.

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Review: Things Are What You Make of Them by Adam J. Kurtz

things are what you make of them book


A good friend of mine has no hesitation about diving head first into uncharted territory. He’s the one running down the dark path into the forest. I’m the one packing a knapsack, making sure the batteries in the flashlight are fresh, and making all my notes on a map.

I freely admit I sometimes spend too much time researching or preparing, and that’s something I’ve tried to shift away from. It’s far too easy to label consuming content “work”. Eventually, you need to take what you’ve learned and put it into practice.

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