• Fine Art

    Sculpted Pencils By Dalton Ghetti

    Brazilian born, Connecticut based, Dalton Ghetti does not use pencils to draw his works of art, but he creates micro-sculptures with the tips of pencils. Dalton uses a razor blade, sewing needle, sculpting knife, a steady hand and lots of patience to meticulously carve the graphite which can take anywhere between a few months to a few years to complete. More, HERE…

  • Fine Art

    Ashes and Snow: Gregory Colbert’s Dreamlike Photographs

    “Gregory Colbert believes that there is a shared desire for all species to participate in one universal conversation. He sees nature as the greatest storyteller of all and himself as an apprentice to nature. His works are collaborations between humans and other animals that express the shared poetic sensibilities of all species. “Colbert’s Ashes and Snow is an ongoing project comprised of photographic artworks, a one-hour film and two short film “haikus,” and a novel in letters all presented in a purpose-built temporary structure called the Nomadic Museum. “Colbert’s images, visceral yet dreamlike, return us to a place we long for but cannot name. His photographs and films reawaken an ancient…

  • Web Design

    This Is A Web Page: Start With The Words

    This is a web page. There’s not much here. Just words. And you’re reading them. We’ve become obsessed with fancy designs, responsive layouts, and scripts that do magical things. But the most powerful tool on the web is still words. I wrote these words, and you’re reading them: that’s magical. I’m in a little town in California; you’re probably somewhere else. I wrote this early in the morning, August 11, 2014; you’re probably reading it at a different time. I wrote this on my laptop; you could be reading this on your phone, a tablet, or a desktop computer. You and I have been able to connect because I wrote…

  • Social Media

    Adding Value, 140 Characters At A Time

    Do you (or the person who’s in charge of your social) think in 140 characters? Know the pixel size difference between a Facebook Cover Photo and a Twitter Avatar? How to customize a Tumblr page or read Google Analytics? Do you know how to track what’s being said about your brand on social media? Or the meaning of the words: hashtag, handle, and hangout? If you answered yes, you’re in great shape! If not, investing in social media expertise and education (having an intern run your social doesn’t qualify!) will provide your organization with the tools to successfully participate in the evolving media landscape. The goal of social media is…

  • Web Design

    New Winery Website Designed

    I was delighted to work in the Napa Valley for over a decade, producing marketing and public relations for Schramsberg Vineyards and Mumm Cuvée Napa, as well as representing the French houses of Champagne Perrier-Jouët and Champagne Mumm. So any time I get an opportunity to work with a wine-related business, I’m a happy camper. Enter Sumner Vineyards, a Northern California producer of 100% estate wines—Pinot Noir, Pinot Noir Reserve, Pinot Noir Rosé, Pinot Gris. They needed a winery website, plus some social media support, and we put our heads together and got working on creative ideas. You can see our results over at www.SumnerVineyards.com.

  • Fine Art

    Shipping Art Internationally

    I recently returned from a trip to Ireland and have been doing the preliminary sketches for a series of paintings based on the photography I shot while traveling. At least three paintings will be going back to Ireland as thank-you gifts and so, never having shipped a painting internationally, I googled around and found a brilliant video on how to build a veritable tank around one’s art to protect it from the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. Postal services, as we all know to our grief, are less than gentle when handling packages. I think these instructions will benefit anyone wanting rugged packing for their art, even if only shipping art across…

  • Web Design

    New photographer’s website designed

    I had great fun creating this photographer’s website featuring bold photos on a dramatic black background. The home page has a slideshow of some of this photographer’s best work, and I added Google mapping to show where the next shoot will be, a blog, photo galleries, and soon…a store. You can see it at www.RPRTPhoto.com.

  • Illustration

    Personal Digital Mandalas

    I created twelve different mandalas as part of a project with an artist’s group to produce twelve monthly mandalas for the coming year. Each one was an example of what we wanted to bring into our lives. If you are unfamiliar with the historical background of mandalas, Wikipedia has a good overview. As I noodled around the Internet, looking for inspiration, I became intrigued with the concept of combining the radial balance of traditional mandalas with the ancient practice of using words as forms of magic in mantras, incantations, prayers, and spells. In other words, to create ”a sacred utterance…or a group of words [with] psychological and spiritual power.” I began by choosing twelve words and twelve corresponding…

  • Guides

    A 75-Word Business Plan By Alexandra Franzen

    Ask yourself, “How can I be helpful?” Do that.
  Then ask, “How much money feels appropriate for my particular flavor of helpfulness?” Charge that.
  Then ask, “What could I make that would be even more helpful?” Make that.
  Then ask, “How can I go completely over-the-top with my helpfulness, devotion and generosity?” Give that.
  Then ask, “How can I be the best in the world at my flavor of helpfulness?” Be that. (More from the brilliant Alexandra Franzen, here)

  • Guides

    A Reading List of Media Books

    Seth Godin writes: Is it too late to catch up? What if your organization has done nothing? What if you’ve just watched the last fourteen years go by? No real website, no social media, no permission assets. What if now you’re ready and need advice? And, by the way, you have no real cash to spend… Start a book group for your top executives and every person who answers the phone, designs a product, or interacts with customers. Read one great media book per week and discuss. It’ll take you about a year to catch up. Here’s Seth Godin’s reading list to start your process – Crossing the Chasm This is a…