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The Little Man
Little Man at the drafting table “helping” with new designs.

It’s the New Year and I am feeling renewed interest in creating art. All things ebb & flow right? You just have to go with it.

Part of the inspiration has come from some client work I am doing, with someone who actually likes the art I make, and has bought a few different versions of my products on Society6. How cool is that?

I am illustrating a book cover for her life story which will be released on Balboa Press. It will be done in the style of watercolor and ink that I really enjoy doing. We started with a conversation close to a year ago where she explained what she was envisioning. We talked again this December and I got the green light. I remembered our conversation really well because the image had started forming in my mind right away.

I started by sourcing images, online and from magazines, to create a rough mock up in Photoshop so that she could see and decide if the basics were looking and feeling right. She gave me her feedback and I moved to creating a rough, working sketch. This starts to take it toward what the final image will look like. We went back & forth a little on some nuances and now I am working on the actual painting.

I can’t wait for her to see the final version and as soon as she gives me the ok to go public with it, I will post images of the whole process.

Til next time, imagine beautiful things and let the universe deliver.

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fkp Client Series presents: Andrea Rich

This interview features Andrea Rich, a long time friend, client, collaborator and fellow spiritual traveler. I have created several iterations of her website for her many endeavors. The most recent is, as well the accompanying blog site, which, for the designer peeps, is a customized Thesis theme.

I created the logo and a vertically scrolling site to focus on her current output as the author of the forthcoming book, Yoga of the ARcana, as well as her amazing  pottery creations. The blog is loaded with useful and inspiring posts, a video on the 5 Tibetan Rites and much more. Be sure to pay a visit.

A Kickstarter campaign is in the works, to help publish the Yoga of the ARcana book & card deck, and is set to launch by the year’s end. Please have a look at the video to find out just what it’s all about!! It’s great stuff!!


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New fkp Client Series videos on the way!

Spent today getting footage for two new Client Series videos. As you can see on the left, this is what I wear when behind the camera. You like? ; )

I am excited to get these edited and posted. I have found I really enjoy the process of being behind the camera, letting the subject expound on his or her projects, unique talents, hopes and dreams.

You never know just where the road will lead you.
More soon! —fkp

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The Client Series

This is the first in a series of videos I plan to produce, featuring my own clients, as a way to give each of us some wider exposure as to what we offer in the world.

I created the logo and custom site for, which now includes an online store. Barbara was wise enough to invest in a good photo session to showcase her designs.

Have a look and you just might want a new pillow to brighten up your space!!!

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Font Humor and Lady Gaga go together like Tequila & Salt

This was even funnier the second time around!!

More font humor here



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Hysterical Design Humor

I couldn’t resist. A friend forwarded this to me and I have not laughed this hard in I can’t tell you how long!! It’s long but it’s worth it!! Enjoy!!!

Hilarious mail exchange between a secretary and a graphic designer that work in the same company.

From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 9.15am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Poster
I opened the screen door yesterday and my cat got out and has been missing since then so I was wondering if you are not to busy you could make a poster for me. It has to be A4 and I will photocopy it and put it around my suburb this afternoon.
This is the only photo of her I have she answers to the name Missy and is black and white and about 8 months old. missing on Harper street and my phone number.
Thanks Shan.

From:David Thorne
Monday 21 June 2010 9.26am
Shannon Walkley
Re: Poster

Dear Shannon,
That is shocking news. Luckily I was sitting down when I read your email and not half way up a ladder or tree. How are you holding up? I am surprised you managed to attend work at all what with thinking about Missy out there cold, frightened and alone… possibly lying on the side of the road, her back legs squashed by a vehicle, calling out “Shannon, where are you?”
Although I have two clients expecting completed work this afternoon, I will, of course, drop everything and do whatever it takes to facilitate the speedy return of Missy.
Regards, David.


fkp and the Mail Art Project

Photos Enclosed: NYC
A Collaborative Mail Art Project

In the spring of 2009, Beacon NY photographer Stacey Ward Kelly took a series of digital photographs of New York City and sent a selection of these images to artists asking them to use her work to create a piece of mail art. Twenty-three artists participated by choosing one or more of her images and created a variety of mail art pieces that manipulated, collaged, poured resin onto or otherwise enhanced or altered Ward Kelly’s work. Some of the original photographs are featured in the book along with each mail art piece that was created for the project.

It sounded like fun, so I threw my piece into the mix. Now the project has become a book. You can see a full preview here. That’s the theme of my life lately. If it sounds like fun, I do it. I remember on of my professors in school was really into mail art. She had a huge collection and often used it for examples and inspiration in class. Now that most of our communication is done via email or facebook, it’s feels really good to slow it down and send something snail mail. The whole process of decorating an envelope or package and then going to the post office really gives more significance to the communication because all the people who see it along the way become involved, touched, annoyed, moved, motivated, whatever.

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Earth Day is coming!!


WooHoo! Earth Day is coming and so is spring!! Here in Beacon, Scenic Hudson is organizing an Earth Day Clean Up on Mt. Beacon. So that’s where I’ll be on Thursday April 22 from 10am to 1pm. Any interest in joining and making it a funky fun day, just get in touch.

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Stefan Sagmeister shares Happy Design

I’ve been super busy lately and that, of course, is a good thing, but it’s left me little time to contribute much writing on design. Often while I’m working I will either listen to music, or podcasts and interviews. I came across this on and definitely wanted to share it. If you do not know, it is a great forum for talks and discussions on many diverse topics, as the tagline says: ‘ideas worth spreading’. Enjoy and be funky…

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2010 A New Decade


I like the sound of it, twenty ten. This year will lead up to my 5th year in business which I plan to celebrate in style in January 2011. So I have set some intentions for what I’d like to accomplish this coming year.

—First and foremost, I intend to live fearlessly.

If I can truly do this, I imagine the rest will follow…


—A personal poster series, one each month for the entire year.
The theme loosely being fearlessness…I will make these available on my website and blog as well as on display in and around Beacon at select locations. 25% of profits from any poster sales will be shared among 4 places very close to my heart. Ananda Ashram, CoSM Art Sanctuary (Chapel of Sacred Mirrors), Grameen America and American Forests. (All are registered 501 (c) 3 organizations)

Limited run digital or cold press giclee will be available by request. All prints on sustainable papers.

CALL TO ACTION: How would living fearlessly look in your life? Share in the form of an image or in 11 words or less and I will include these submissions into one of the posters this year. (You will be notified when it comes out!)

—I intend to design at least one wine and/or beer label.
I love wine and am fascinated by the huge world of unique labels. I would love to leave my mark in the industry. I am researching, if you know anyone or have any ideas, please let me know!!


—I intend for my work to take me to at least one exotic place this year
(ok, I’ll be ok with 2, yep, 3, sure, why not?)  India? Argentina? Italy? Barcelona?

—I intend to break 6 figures this year!!!

Whew! That’s 5 pretty significant intentions. Time to get busy!!

Of course underlying all my personal intentions, are the bigger picture wishes for the health and healing of all living beings.

May this year bring us all closer to remembering who we truly are; perfect, beautiful and innocent.

Happy New Year!