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The Danger of Influence

From time to time I’ve included some of my influences here. Whatever your creative outlet, if you get any good at it someone is bound to ask who your influences are. Sometimes the answer is insightful, but it can also be frustrating and embarrassing. And of course the danger of influence is obsession. Continue reading

Past Work: Untitled (Depression Video 2003)

Today I’m looking back at a past work that I did for school that documented my struggle with depression. Why? Maybe it’s just to show that everything isn’t about hopeful declarations about love or pop art robots. I wouldn’t say that this is a particularly great piece, but that it is at least important in the lessons I learned from it. You’re welcome to watch any and all of it, but be warned, it is not exactly riveting or short. Continue reading

The Tentative Quest

John playing guitar

February 2011. Apartment in Logan Square. Photo by DCH.

There are two moments in life in which I recall feeling most like anything was possible and both occurred at age 15. The first was during a family vacation in which we drove from Illinois to Colorado. I was listening to my portable cassette player through my headphones and the song playing sent a shiver up my spine. As the guitar swelled to full volume I couldn’t believe the power it had over me and I thought, “I wish I could do that…” immediately followed by “Why can’t I do that?” My parents nurtured my dream with a guitar and lessons and I’ve been playing ever since. Continue reading

Influences: The Happiness of Pursuit

Book Cover

A few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to receive an advance copy of Chris Guillebeau’s new book, The Happiness of Pursuit. I’ve previously touched on The $100 Start-Up and I’ve also enjoyed his first book, The Art of Non-Conformity. Chris’ books have the unenviable distinction of being classified as self-help books, but do not come off as such. The message is not that if you follow this method you will find happiness. Rather it presents a collection of alternatives that are worth considering. Continue reading

Free Stuff! Hand Drawn Dots!

Hand Drawn Dots

Perhaps I was feeling a little guilty about a simple review for today’s early post, or perhaps I knew that this offer wouldn’t stand well on it’s own. This is geared more for my creative friends who might have a use for it just as I do. Thousands upon thousands of hand drawn dots.

While working on an illustration I decided that instead of using Photoshop or Illustrator to create my halftone textures for me, I would create one for myself and cut it up digitally for my project. Here’s just a couple samples of what you might do to it. Continue reading

Welcome! (And Happy Birthday To Me)

25 Squares in red, yellow, and blue

From Left to Right: 25 Squares Red, 25 Squares Yellow, 25 Squares Blue. 9×12 Mixed Media.

It’s that time of year again. I am one year older and I’d like to celebrate a happy birthday with you. Over the past four months I have been semi-secretly working on this website. When you first start a website you don’t have a lot of content, so it seems silly to say, “Come look at my new website!” when there isn’t much to look at.

On Tuesdays I’ve been making updates to the blog section and you can go back and read the ones that look interesting. In a sense a website is never done and certainly there are some things I hope to change here over time. The logo looks a little wonky on smartphones and some pages could be dressed up a little more. These refinements will come with time.

Yesterday I started going through the artwork I could find and uploading pieces to Etsy for sale. My store is at If you don’t already know about Etsy, it is an online marketplace where you can find handmade goods from a number of independent artists and craftspersons.

Today marks my 33rd birthday and it holds some silly significance for me. And since I’m trying to further my works and get them into the hands of others, from now until Sunday I’m holding a big sale on all my works. All orders over $15 can use a coupon code at Etsy to take 33% off your entire order! Continue reading