10,000 Hours

From November 29, 2016 Days go by quickly when you’re busy. For me, this year has flown by. It’s tempting to begin planning for 2017, but if you’re a small business owner you need to double down on the next 30+ days. Customers are going to visit you, email you, message you, tweet you, snap you, and maybe even call you (yes, some people even know how to use the phone app!) They need you. Don’t let all the giant retailers take all the business. Promote yourself. Get out there. Meet new people. Deliver your elevator pitch. Tell them about the specials you’re offering. GetRead More →

Port Orchard Art

From October 9, 2016 I’ve been inspired lately to design a poster that showed off aspects of our area that we can all connect to. As I think through the different areas that come to mind when I think about Port Orchard, I realize that there are a lot of visuals that could be used to identify our city. For this piece, I narrowed it down to a few of the elements that are meaningful to me. I decided to incorporate the totem pole, our inlet and foot ferry, SK Wolves Football, A & W, City Hall, and the Farmer’s Market. There were a lotRead More →

From January 24, 2016 Blue Creations was started back in 2009 as my graduation portfolio website. I needed to figure out what my URL was going to be, and in honor of my father I decided to name it Blue Creations. I thought about what this could become for many years, and in 2015 I started to get a glimpse of what it actually was becoming. I don’t know if everyone struggles with figuring out the type of art or design they like to do, but for me it was like going to a restaurant where everything on the menu looked amazing! As a youngRead More →

From September 19, 2015 As I was scrolling through my Facebook feed I ran across a question about pricing from a fellow artist. They were asking for opinions regarding pricing their artwork. It made me think about the issue of price and reflect on the things I’ve learned in business and college over the years on this topic. At the end of the day price is still dependent upon two things; supply and demand. We may have forgotten this if it isn’t something we regularly deal with. Digital downloads are an example of something everyone realizes there are an infinite supply of. When determining priceRead More →

Originally from July 27, 2015 I’ve asked this question of myself several times over the years, and I’ve tried to figure out when other artists do their work. It seems to me that it depends on the situation you’re in. If you work for a company of some sort, the hours are probably a little more set than if you’re independent. Another consideration would be the other things you have going on in your life and how that works within your career. The way I seem to work best and get work done is that I’m very in tune with how I’m feeling each day.Read More →