The Customer Moat

I am excited to share the very important Kickstarter campaign of a friend of mine: The Customer Moat. Eddie Sung has been working on this book for several years, and after painstaking edits and revisions, is finally nearing completion! I’m posting this partly for selfish reasons, as I am super proud to have helped out with the interior chapter illustrations, but also because the book itself is a concise, entertaining and ambitious project that I, as a small business owner myself, can’t wait to read in its entirety.

Eddie says:

“I wanted a book that told great stories while explaining the inner workings of business strategy; a book that combined theories along with practical, actionable business tools; a book that would be accessible and user-friendly to all people from high school students to small business owners to Fortune 500 CEOs.  I wanted to write a book that I myself wish I could have read so many years ago when I first began my own business adventures.”  photo-1024x768“The Customer Moat is a new way of looking at business strategy.  At its core is a new set of concepts from which we can build a more modern and improved model of business understanding.  With it, all the various elements of business strategy can now be fit together into a single unified system.  Excitingly, this system explains the entire ecosystem of business strategy in a single framework.  In addition, this book provides a toolkit of the major “actionable” levers available to companies with explanations of how to use employ them to grow profits. ” – from the Kickstarter campaign CMOAT-Book-v2

Cover preview and chapter illustration teaser

The Kickstarter campaign is a great opportunity to purchase a copy at a great price, and a portion of each pledge will be donated to making the book available to community colleges and public libraries. Other pledge rewards include special indie bookstore bulk pricing, fancy hardcover editions, and posters! Oh yeah, posters! One designed by the freakishly talented Noah Kroese, another by designer Dana Kublin, and one more by yours truly. Again, check out the Kickstarter page for previews.

I don’t advertise lightly, only for things I really care about. I’m really excited to see the final product, and hope you will be, too! Okay, that’s it for now. Oh, and happy December! I’m getting excited for a tree, and hunting down perfect little gifts for friends, and making ridiculous amounts of cookies.

Thank you

Hello, you.

My family, my friends and friends that I haven’t yet met. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving in the US, and I’m going to be spending it with dear friends.

I’m taking the day off, and I hope you can too. Even if you have to work, I hope you find some time to spend with those close.

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I take for granted how lucky I am to have such an amazing, art-loving support group. I’m humbled and my knees go weak to think about it, but I am so thankful to have you.

As a tiny token, if you will be shopping this weekend, I’m having a special sale in my etsy shop:

25% off everything, Black Friday – 11/28 through Cyber Monday – 12/1 – by using Coupon code: BLACKFRIDAY upon checkout. 🙂

Okay, back to the important stuff: thank you, thank you, thank you. We’re going to take a trip back to Montana the week after Christmas to visit for the holidays – it’s been a while, and it’ll be so good to see family. But you’re all my family. And I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving.

Much love,


30 Day Art Challenge!

Whew! With a couple of hours to spare, I’ve completed the thirty 8×10″ paintings for this year’s 30 Day Art Challenge.

all 30 smI chose to paint burlesque girls for the entire 30 pieces. I wanted to use a lot of color, make some cheerful, sassy and frilly art, and well, the research is just plain fun!

all paintingsWhile for most of the pieces I used bits and pieces of photo reference, I also got the amazing opportunity to paint Lolo Ramone, who visited my studio and modeled for five paintings! She came prepared with a Mary Poppin’s bag of props: parasols, garter-belts, corsets, hair accessories a boa and an exquisite burnt velvet tasseled robe.

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Some pieces, while perhaps not exactly “burlesque” took a more circus-y theme. Perhaps a side effect of really getting into the current season of American Horror Story. This strong woman is one of my favorites!tiny burlesque 10

Lolo Ramone.

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Um, Sherlock?

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Snake Charmer.

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“Moira” A sea-faring beauty.

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“Suzy Spacegirl”

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This is pretty much what my studio’s looked like for the past couple weeks: it needs a tidying super

My pieces, along with the collections of over 100 other artists (!! That equals over 3000 separate art pieces!!) will be on show for one night only, mark your calendars! December 4th, during the Pioneer Square artwalk, from 5-10pm. Art will all be priced the same at $50, and will sell off the walls, so be sure to get there early so you don’t miss out! 🙂 Hope to see you there.

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This week: Never, Stargazing, and Inktober

neverFirst things first: tomorrow, Tuesday Oct. 14th, Never debuts in Seattle on the big screen! Back in 2012, I helped create a T-shirt design and poster/cover for the film.

9:15 PM
@SIFF Cinema Egyptian
801 East Pine Street, Seattle, WA 98122

Get your ticket(s) here:

From the Facebook page:

Never is the story of Denim (Zachary Booth), a twenty-something who moves to Seattle and falls in love with a struggling, gay singer-songwriter named Nikki (Zelda Williams). And as their resulting friendship blossoms and complicates, it will challenge and redefine their understanding of love and modern relationships. 


Second things second: Wednesday, Oct. 15th is opening night for my new show, Stargazing, at Solo Bar, 200 Roy St., Suite 104, Seattle. Yay! If you’re in the area, do drop on by!


Third in news: for the first time, I’m participating in the Inktober challenge! This involves simply (hah!) creating one ink drawing each day for the month of October. I’ve been using a brush and ink in my new toned-paper sketchbook (I love it so!), and mostly doing the drawings around 10 – 11pm, before crawling into bed, but for 12 days now I’ve pretty much kept to it, and I’m pretty proud of them.

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sm oct 12You’ll notice I don’t have all the drawings up – that’d be a little image heavy. I have, however, been uploading them to my Instagram account. 🙂

Okay, that’s all for now, but I’ll be back soon! Thanks for sticking with me!!

Nausicaa, and Windsor & Newton inks

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“Nausicaä” – 8×10″ ink and watercolor on aquabord watercolor cradled wood panel.

I’m so proud of my most recent little painting! I’m trying something a bit different here. The last time I visited the art supply store, I picked up a set of Winsor & Newton inks, and after lightly penciling in the drawing I used the nut brown ink to trace over the linework.

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 I used liquid resist (the light blue blobs) to protect the areas I wanted to keep white.

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Here is after the first few coats of paint, not quite dark or rich enough. I used both the inks, and my watercolor paints.

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And here is the finished piece!

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This painting is for this group art show, set to coincide with the Penny Arcade Expo this weekend. All of the work is inspired by nostalgic animation from the 80’s and 90’s. Opening Friday night! Hope to see you there. 🙂

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Here is the Facebook event page.