New Look For My Web Site

Today, I had the opportunity to commit the necessary time to make several changes to my web site. I’m now using a premium WordPress theme called Ampersand, designed by Array, which is a responsive portfolio theme with a minimal layout. It also features a header background effect, call-to-action button and a homepage slider. Make sure to subscribe to my blog (see below) to receive notifications of new posts by email!

After Steely Dan - Favorite Fagen And Becker Songs

Favorite Donald Fagen And Walter Becker Songs

After Steely Dan - Favorite Fagen And Becker Songs

After a successful span of many hits over a nine-year period from 1972 through 1981, the band Steely Dan took a 12 year hiatus until reuniting in 1993 to begin touring. During this time and beyond, principal band members Donald Fagen and Walter Becker recorded solo albums…

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My Favorite Spyro Gyra Songs

My Favorite Spyro Gyra Songs

My Favorite Spyro Gyra Songs

Formed in Buffalo, New York during the mid-1970’s by bandleader Jay Beckenstein, Spyro Gyra is an American jazz fusion band which combines jazz with elements of rhythm & blues, funk and pop music. They’ve released 31 albums since their inception and have performed over 5,000 shows…

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Cyber Monday Sales On Gifts And Apparel

Cyber MondayIt’s Cyber Monday and a good time to take advantage of online sales events, as you shop for the upcoming Christmas holiday season.

As such, you can save money on original gifts and apparel by taking the opportunity to visit my sites, here:

Society 6 – 20% off + Free Shipping on everything.

Redbubble – 35% off Men’s Classic, Tri-blend, Longsleeve & Women’s T-shirts, V-necks, Relaxed Fit. 20% off everything else. Use CYBERMON at checkout.

Zazzle – use code CYBERMONSAVE at checkout to save up to 70% off selected items. 30% off everything else.

Greeting Card Universe – all cards $1.69 or less:

  • $1.69 per card when you use code CYBER169 on orders of 1-49 cards
  • $1.59 per card when you use code CYBER159 on orders of 50-99 cards
  • $1.49 per card when you use code CYBER149 on orders of 100+ cards

Design By Humans – use promo code BFCM at checkout to save 20% off everything, plus Free Shipping worldwide on apparel.

Skreened – save 20% off everything.

Live Heroes – 30% off selected items.

Have a nice day & thank you for your patronage!

Black Friday Sales On Gifts And Apparel

Black Friday SalesYou’ve enjoyed your Thanksgiving holiday and look forward to a quiet, restful Friday. So, why put yourself into heavy traffic and crowded department stores when you could instead save money on gifts and apparel from the comfort of your own home?

On Black Friday, visit my galleries at these sites to save money on original merchandise options:

Society 6 – 20% off + Free Shipping on everything.

Redbubble – 35% off Hoodies & Sweatshirts. 20% off everything else. Use code “BLKFRIDAY” at checkout.

Zazzle – Save up to 65% off. 20% off sitewide. Use code “BLACKFRISAVE” at checkout.

Fine Art America – Free Shipping. Any product. Any size. Any destination in the world.

Design By Humans – 20% off on everything + Free Shipping on apparel. Use code “BFCM” at checkout.

Skreened – 20% off + Free Shipping. Use code “THANKS2016” at checkout.

Posterlounge – 10% off everything. Use code “PLCYBER2016” at checkout.

Greeting Card Universe – All cards $1.75 each. Use code “2016BLACKFRIDAY” at checkout.

Live Heroes – Everything 40% off.

Have a nice day & thank you for your patronage!

New: Pictures On Wood Panels

Pictures On Wood PanelsA new product line is being offered through my gallery at Posterlounge this November – pictures on wood panels! Made using a 12 mm thick BANOVA® PLY wooden panel, which is very lightweight yet stable. UV direct printing for intense colors. Sustainable and FSC® certified. Long durability. Stop by and have a look!

My Favorite Chick Corea Songs

My Favorite Chick Corea Songs

My Favorite Chick Corea Songs

I’ve been listening to the jazz fusion sounds of seventy-five year old pianist & electric keyboardist, Chick Corea, for several years, but only recently learned that he is the fourth-most-nominated artist (63 nominations) in the history of the Grammys! I’m not surprised, though, as his diverse musical skills and styles have spanned a career encompassing 88 recorded albums…

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Bike Riding Ann Arbor

With temperatures warming to 68 degrees fahrenheit, the weather was perfect for a Sunday afternoon bike ride from Ann Arbor to Dexter, Michigan, and back again. With a full bottle of water, sunglasses and a camera, I was on the road and ready to begin the 22 mile trek!

My bike is a 56 cm Cadex-2 by Giant with a carbon fiber frame, 14 speeds and a recently replaced front wheel and tire. Very light, and fast. This 2016 season marks my fifth year biking and my fourth year riding this bike, originally purchased on craigslist.

Cadex-2 by Giant

Below is a map of my bike route (see red line). My starting and finishing point is the same, in Ann Arbor, shown here in the lower-right corner. The intersection of Huron River Drive & Mast Road, in Dexter (upper-left corner), is where I turn around to return.

Bike Route Map

I usually don’t carry a camera, but, as summer is fading fast, I thought that I’d share some pictures of this scenic route along the Huron River…

My Favorite Steely Dan Songs

My Favorite Steely Dan Songs

My Favorite Steely Dan Songs

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been a big fan of Steely Dan, an American jazz-rock band founded by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen in 1972. Owning several of their CD’s, I thought that I’d share a list of some of my favorite songs…

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Decorative Throw Blankets

Throw Blankets

Choose from a huge selection and stay warm this winter with a decorative throw blanket, available in my gallery at Society 6:

Our seriously soft throw blankets are available in three sizes and feature vividly colored artwork on one side. Made of 100% polyester and sherpa fleece, these might be the softest blankets on the planet, so get ready to cozy up. They can be machine washed separately with cold water on gentle cycle. Tumble dry on low heat setting. Do not iron or dry clean.

The Process of Creating Art

Whether trained or self-taught, every artist is different. The same can be said about artwork – some is created through a very deliberative process using specific techniques and styles, or, on the other hand, by accident as a matter of chance. As for what constitutes a work as being art, any such definition undoubtedly includes a component of subjectivity. That said, here is one example of the process of creating art

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Art Project

Modeled after the product packaging of a popular powdered-drink mix, I recently created this graphic design for an art project of a neighbor wanting greeting cards to send to friends.

Art Project

Art Project

An Irish Riddle

The Question

Can you cite an example of a sentence which uses the word “and” five times in a row, consecutively?

The Story

Outside of Dublin, Ireland, there once was a pub known as the “Bear And Boar”. One morning after a powerful storm, the sign from the establishment had been broken and was scattered in shambles across the ground. The proprietor discovered the damage and set about to make repairs.

Later, a patron wandered by and was greeted by the owner. “Good day, Finnegan. How do you like our new sign?” Finnegan studied the sign for some time, and then responded as follows…

The Answer

I like the sign, fine. However, if it had been up to me, I would have left more spacing on the sign between the words “Bear” and “And”, and “And” and “Boar”.

Author unknown.