Category Archives: graphic design

we can do better

In light of Earth Day which is coming up on the 22nd of April, I created this poster as a reminder to try harder. If everybody became conscious of their carbon footprint, put forth real effort to pollute less and willingly cleaned up after themselves . . . if everyone did a combination of little things consistently, the little things we already know about like recycling, unplugging, shorter showers, taking transit, walking when we can, pulling weeds instead of spraying, buying locally produced organic food, eating less meat (or no meat) collectively we would make a big difference toward healing our planet. Every little bit helps, especially if it becomes a pattern or habit, a new standard of living. If people join together and quit adding to the mess our earth will begin to heal, it’s inhabitants will feel the love and the world will become a healthier, kinder, gentler place for everybody and everything. But it begins with each of us trying harder to care for our planet today, tomorrow, on Earth Day, and everyday thereafter.

We can do better.


The idea for this poster came to me at 3:00 a.m. yesterday. I finished it this morning. Yes, I am a boomer. More like a boomerang since I am back at the starting line: – )

It’s mind boggling to think about big numbers and that so many of us have officially entered the second half of our lives. I mean really, I can’t even grasp what 76 million boomers look like– that’s probably a good thing. And to think that 3.5 million of those will turn 65 next year . . . and are still going strong, breaking molds, altering horizons. Getting wiser. This is a bulky generation that defines lifestyles and we’re about to define a new one–how to age gracefully with acceptance, appreciation, enthusiasm, personal responsibility and participation. All together it equals wisdom.

Embrace your wisdom.

of all the friends I’ve loved before

As you may know, I am seeking work. I want to work as a social marketing coordinator or graphic designer for an agency, in-house creative department or continue independently as a freelancer. My preference is to join a creative team where I can gather real world experience and embark on a career. You know, a real job in an office with people, pressure, deadlines, health insurance, paid vacation, lunch breaks, reviews, promotions, holiday parties, overtime and a boss.

I want the whole career experience.

I have been focused these past 15 years on raising my daughter, Claire. It’s been a great job, my most important work and I wouldn’t have done it any other way. She’s a great kid, albeit a teenager and not overly fond of me at the moment, but she’s confident and capable and doesn’t need me to be a mothering hover. She will be much better served if I earn her college tuition. You know what I mean?

In an effort to keep up my software and drawing skills, I have been holding contests and making cartoons of my facebook friends for prizes. It started when I posted a cartoon of myself which received positive feedback and was followed by a couple portrait requests.


Jennifer was the first person to request a cartoon of her own. I obliged and after posting it on facebook I asked my people to guess who it was. That’s when the fun began for me because only 8 of my 156-odd facebook friends know who Jennifer is! Her mom was the first to correctly guess that it was Jennifer but she waffled and then retracted, saying the chin didn’t quite look like Jennifer’s. LOL! That’s how come Julia became the winning contestant and received her own cartoon.


When I posted Julia’s cartoon it was correctly guessed right away, and though I was happy to know I got the likeness correct, the sporting component was kinda lacking. It was too easy but still fun and inspiring, apparently, because I spent most of yesterday at my computer drawing cartoon portraits . . . or chatting on facebook . . . or emailing and the day flew by!


My favorite cartoon so far is the one I did for Lindsay. She’s a young woman I met at one of my art shows, a fellow artist and facebook friend who makes beautiful jewelry out of sea glass. She really liked my self-portrait and requested I do one of her too. I am particularly fond of the color palette in Lindsay’s cartoon and I like that she’s doing something in the picture besides just posing, it’s an action shot. This posting had the potential of being very gamey because none of my other facebook friends know Lindsay, they would’ve had to do some sleuthing through my friends list to figure out who she is–probably the reason nobody would play with me: – (


Caitlin was the first person to correctly identify Julia’s cartoon and she did so within seconds of my posting it! She’d be good on Jeopardy. What was really fun about this particular contest was that my smart friend Kathryn who doesn’t even know Caitlin, correctly guessed because she perused my friends list and identified my subject. Way to go Kathryn! I’m going to do your cartoon next, you lucky duck! Well . . . maybe I better do Jennifer’s mom first. She was the first person to identify Caitlin’s cartoon and is a returning participant or playmate. Yeah, that’s what I’ll do. But you’re next Kathryn, and perhaps I’ll throw a celebrity angle into your game because you’re so often told you look like one . . . and we’ll see if my fellow fb gamers can see it too.

I’d like to give my friends here a round of thanks. Thanks for playing. Thanks for being my friend, and of all the friends I’ve loved before, you are the first ones to receive a cartoon portrait by a girl who wants to be employed as a graphic designer some day, so . . .


holiday greetings

Because I cannot choose, nor fully embrace any of my attempts, and because of our budget constraints, I have decided not to print a holiday card this year. Originally I had planned to design a large postcard with an overview of our year on the backside. Instead, I have elected to post 3 of my attempts at a holiday card and the text for you to view here. I may also send an email version to my friends and family.

These two attempts include images of us from Thanksgiving, snaps that I took of a less-than enthusiastic audience and a mom disappointed in her response, struggling to muster a smile.

This time I tried to design a card without our mugs and still didn’t get what I wanted, and I need to move on. So this is it. The text is what would have been printed on the backside of our 2009 DeLaVergne holiday card.

Hope you have a wonderful and peaceful holiday season.

love is a gift

. . . so cherish it. It’s also nice to let your beloved know. Show him or her or them your love with daily doses of responsible deeds, without expecting a return. That’s the hard part. We human beings are always after something and it’s easy to err of the side of entitlement, narcissism, greed. Acting like a 14-year-old comes naturally and is why the teen years get such a bad rap. I think we have to learn to be less selfish, and it doesn’t come easily or quickly but through intention and daily acts of kindness, repeatedly, forever. Especially this time of year when the compulsion to show your love with store bought things is encouraged in the strongest possible way everywhere you look. These sentiments inspired the card I made below and serve as a reminder to me to act responsibly, again, and again, and again . . . because love is a gift. And it’s worth it.

you are beautiful. so are you.