Happy 4th of July: An Art History of The American Flag

In honor of America’s birthday, here are 20+ artistic uses of our Red White & Blue.  Some you’ll recognize, others you may not.

Enjoy!

Patriotism 101: An Art History Of The American Flag | Complex.
Patriotism 101: An Art History Of The American Flag

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Valentine’s Day: A story, a study, a song

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.   Today I thought it would be fun to share with you a story, then a study, and ending with a song from one of my favorite artists.  So an early Happy Valentine’s Day to all you lovers out there…and don’t forget to check out my post earlier this week containing custom Facebook designs for you to use.

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The Story

Alright I lied.  The first one is not a story, it’s just a bunch of fun facts…I had to do it.

  • The ancient Romans celebrated the Feast of Lupercalia on February 14th in honor of Juno, the queen of the Roman gods and goddesses. Juno was also the goddess of women and marriage.
  • Many believe the ‘X’ symbol became synonymous with the kiss in medieval times. People who couldn’t write their names signed in front of a witness with an ‘X.’ The ‘X’ was then kissed to show their sincerity.
  • Girls of medieval times ate bizarre foods on St. Valentine’s Day to make them dream of their future spouse.
  • In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who would be their Valentine. They would wear this name pinned onto their sleeves for one week for everyone to see. This was the origin of the expression “to wear your heart on your sleeve.”
  • In 1537, England’s King Henry VII officially declared February 14th the holiday of St. Valentine’s Day.

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The Study

I came across this study when listening to NPR, specifically Talk of the Nation: Science Friday.  Apparently our eyes are a dead giveaway when pointed in the direction of someone we care for….although you’d have to get REALLY close to see it.  Check out the story HERE and the video below.

http://www.sciencefriday.com/embed/video/10426.swf

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The Song(s)

Martin Sexton is my favorite artist.  In my opinion he is one of the best acts I’ve ever seen live.  Today I’d like to share a song called “Can’t Stop Thinkin Bout You” which feels a bit like film noir and shows that Valentine’s Day is not a cakewalk for some.  (let it be know there is a trumpet solo…although there is no trumpet)  Then to cheer you up I’ve got a couple upbeat songs called “Love Keep Us Together” and my favorite, the one that got me hooked on the artist, “Glory Bound”…Enjoy!  There is no video with the audio.

“Can’t Stop Thinkin Bout You”

“Diggin Me”

“Glory Bound”

 

Valentine’s Day: Show your Facebook page some love

Hello all!

Well Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.  Some people love it.  Some people hate it.   Regardless of your feelings, you should still show some “love” to your Facebook page…be it your business or personal page.  Below are some Facebook Cover and Profile designs I’ve created…with more to come.

They are free to use…all I ask is that you show me some “love” if you decide to use em.

A Birthday “Thank You”

1.18.12 was my birthday.
1.18.12 was a great birthday.
…and not in that “Dude that party was totally wicked!” kind
of way.

In our culture, for some reason, our birthdays seem to loose a bit of their luster, perhaps because we’ve run out of milestones that we look forward to.  I believe the last one is turning 25, where your insurance goes down and you can rent a car without any “under 25” rental fee.   And next year is the dreaded 30…..Oooooooooo….ha ha.

But why?

Why do we have to turn what we once bragged about (21) into something we dread (30)?  Today I had a birthday dinner with my family, something that hasn’t happened in 5 years as I do not live in my hometown anymore.  It was simple, but that’s all it needed to be.  Combine that with the Facebook comments and phone messages, and I became reminded of something I thought of after my 26th (the year after my last “milestone” birthday)

I shouldn’t be unhappy or downtrodden  that I am, again, one year older.  Rather, I should be thankful that I have another year of life to reflect upon and have friends and family who take the time to celebrate with me,  be it in person or by some other means.

This past year wasn’t the easiest of years for me.  The details are not needed as I’m sure we’ve all had those times (you’re welcome).   My perception of the world was shaken, and my view of myself even more so.  Yet out of that came clarity, a sense of purpose, and a rejuvenated spirit.

Now I’m not saying this “Eureka!” moment came today.  These events just happened to transpire between my 28th and 29th birthdays, like a really odd birthday gift that took a year to open.

When I turn 30 I’m sure I’ll do the same song and dance about “how old I’m getting”…but it’s just a farce.  In reality I look forward to every birthday, from who I celebrate it with to those that simply take a couple seconds out of their day to type…

“Happy Birthday! Hope it’s a good one.”

A couple of New Year’s Eve Facebook designs

Hello again and welcome to 2012!  My apologies for not having any posts last week…you know how the holidays are 🙂  Speaking of holidays, I would like to share a couple of images I whipped up for both my personal and business FB pages.   I am especially excited about the new Cover Photo element.

For an entrepreneur, such as myself, the cover picture might as well be called a giant billboard, a free marketing tool.  Once the rest of the FB world has made the transition to the new timeline I will be able to showcase/promote much more effectively.

An Oldie but a Goodie

Every once in a while I’ll post something from my creative past.  It could be awesome. It could be awful.  Either way I just thought it would be fun to share.

When I first started messing around with photoshop, I didn’t really know what I was doing.    I had used Photoshop and similar programs in college to make title graphics or some other image to use in a video production, but I shied away from creating something original.  At the time I was really big into video editing, so I seldom found use for an extensive knowledge of graphics.

So in my post-collegiate life I began tinkering with Photoshop as a means to simply be doing something creative.  What soon followed was a realization that I could get the same satisfaction creating a picture in Photoshop as I did when editing videos in college (and post college).  I found a new creative outlet which,  funnily enough,  started out as merely something to do and soon became a significant part of my “artistic portfolio”.

The three children pictured below are some of my nieces and nephews.(Emma, Lois & Josh)

Here’s the story.  It was Christmas 2007 and I was broke.  Looking to my newly discovered, and equally rudimentary, skills with Photoshop I created these three pictures as a framed set.  Sadly I do not have a picture of the final gift.  My sister-in-law loved it which was a great confidence boost for me, as this was the first time I had ever “designed” somebody a gift before.

It wouldn’t be the last.

 

 

LeForsDesign welcomes new client, the Indy Cultural Network (IIN)

Are you IIN

For the past few weeks I have been speaking with the heads of a great new group here in Indianapolis, the Indy Intercultural Network…or IIN as  they liked to be called.  At first glace one would think, “Oh this is just another one of those networking groups”…but you would be wrong.

What drew me to IIN was their genuine desire to bring varying cultures into the same setting in hopes of creating an open dialogue.  From attending a number of events, I can say that IIN has accomplished that task.  People genuinely “talk” with one another learning  both the differences and similarities cultures share.

When living in the Midwest there is no shortage in the number of people who say that the only places with culture are on the coasts.   IIN is making great strides to change that.

But don’t just take my word for it.  Check them out for yourselves.  Are you IIN?