There are two kinds of people in the world — those that would play Wheel of Fortune by sneezing the letters, and those that would never think to.

Trumpets at Noon and Depature, Minted Wins

Two new products are up in my Minted online store, both recent contest wins.

The first, Trumpets at Noon (left), is a photograph I took of Prague Castle amid its daily Changing of the Guard ceremony. There's a lot of great detail in here, ideal for a big print.

The second, Departure (right), is a picture from our gate at Washington Dulles. The plane in taxi is blurred, the only thing moving out there. Departure is also available in black and white.

I'd love you to have one!

Minted Recommended Frame Color

I've been lucky enough to win a few art challenges over at, more on that here and here. My latest are both Editor's Picks in the Three Cheers! Minted x West Elm's 3rd Art Challenge — Trumpets at Noon and Departure.

What follows is for you in the Minted community.

Launching (or self-launching) an art piece requires you recommend a frame color to potential buyers.

I always struggle to choose because I can't see my art in each frame. I'm a very visual designer, to which many of you can relate I'm sure.

To ease my pain, I created a Photoshop Document (PSD) in which I use one Smart Object to quickly display my art in all 11 frames.

Because it's so darn helpful, I'm sharing my PSDs with you. Here's how it works —

1 )  Click here to download the file,

2 )  Decompress (unzip) the downloaded file. Google knows how if you don't.

3 )  Open the folder and then the PSD that corresponds to the format of your art — landscape, portrait, or square.

4 )  At the top of the Layers panel, double-click the Smart Object thumbnail.

5 )  A blank canvas will open. Each canvas has been formatted to accept the low-res version of art you submitted to the challenge, the long side at 550 pixels. Here are the specific dimensions —

6 )  Paste your art on the blank canvas, save the Smart Object, and return to the original PSD.


Voila! I believe I'll go with Natural Premium Wood for this one.

Note: I created these files with Photoshop CC (2014). I can't guarantee they're compatible with older versions of the program, my apologies in advance if it doesn't work for you.

Happy framing!

I tinkered with m'pappy's old record player for a month, trying to get it up to speed, literally. I had it repaired professionally but still it played a beat slow. Eventually I gave up and ordered the Orbit, a new school record player from U-Turn Audio.

I found a great online marketplace for used vinyl, Discogs, from which Kathryn and I ordered a few to get us started. We picked favorites, but also carted some "must-haves" according to Google.

Admittedly I don't know much about Pink Floyd or Led Zeppelin. While I take them for a spin, square up with me and Spotify some Keith Whitley.

Minted Work of Art Challenge Winners

I posted a couple of months ago about being Minted, a fortunate series of events that led to my first art print sale on Since then I've racked up nearly 50 orders for Golden Gait and plenty of motivation to produce more work.

Apart from my occasional Instagram, I've not dabbled much in photography of the square format. But with a call for entries in a variety of crops, square included, these Minted challenges have encouraged me to look at my image library in a new way. You could say I'm on a square kick. And it seems to be paying off.

Two of my recent entries (pictured above) in Minted's Work of Art Challenge were chosen as winners. Sweet! 

Woodshed, an image from my father-in-law's ranch, was voted a winner by the community, and Skyscraping, a picture of an airplane from an airplane, was deemed an Editor's Pick by the Minted staff. Both pieces are for sale via my Minted Online Store

I'm riding this squared momentum with five fresh entries in the next challenge — Three Cheers! Minted x West Elm's 3rd Art Challenge.

West Elm actually chooses some winners to sell on their website. What?! Let's see what happens.