Summer! Summer. Summer? Summer is here. Yes, I am excited. As a teacher, this means I have time to myself. A mini sabbatical. As an artist, this means I have time for graphic design, watercolors, and nature walks. I get to enjoy mornings, listening to nature, exercising, and doing whatever I want. Summer. Summer is a beautiful time a year. Good food, good friends, happy times. Summer? Summer with a question mark. Hmmm. Makes me think of all the things on my wishlist. Painting watercolors, fixing up the house, planting some flowers, traveling… endless list. Regardless of your punctuation mark when you say or think summer, I hope this one is a good one for you. Yay! Summer!!



Happy Summer!

As I sit today I ponder my own business strategy. There is a lot to think about as I move into a summer full of sunshine and TIME! I have time to take on an extra design job or two or three. Check out to see what we can do for your business today. Looking forward to a sunny season!!!

Here is an interesting find that may be on your mind today…

2014! Sounds so futuristic……yet it is the present!

Welcome to Under the Sun Design! 2014, what does it hold? Perhaps this year I learn more about creating apps…….or css……or patience with coding…..and keeping up with social media……..and digital photography effects. There is so much to do and learn about….social media is big! So big that it is uniting everyone from every continent. I look back and remember what life was like without the Internet and a computer at my fingertips. It seems strange to think I went through high school and college without a personal computer. How did we express ourselves, or didn’t we. Now we all can have an opinion and we don’t need to raise our hand to be heard, nor do we need to be the smartest kid in the class. I love it! Twitter and FB have opened up the gates of communication, with vast opinions and facts from all around the world (not to mention gossip). Hold onto your hats! 2014 is here!!! Enjoy!

Summer Fun

Summer Fun

I am in there somewhere, it is two years old, however we are headed back to California. Hope everyone is having a fun, and relaxing summer. Besides having fun, I am becoming a master in my own mind in CSS, and it is all becoming more and more clear… it has it’s blurry moments.

Season Greetings

Every year I start out with the best intentions to grow my business. This year I am doing the same. I hope to maintain and add clients around town, as well as by word of mouth…..which I sure do appreciate. There is a lot to say for networking. It is important to get out there and meet people in your community. I see a lot of small businesses trying to do their own marketing, some successful, some not so much. I am always on the look out for opportunity! My goal is to get to know my (small business) neighbors. Good luck to all in their business ventures, and in endeavors of the heart and pocketbook! I wish everyone a very happy holiday season and a prosperous New Year!


Hello world!

Welcome to! This is my very first post.

I love the idea of sharing ideas especially when it comes to design. There are so many resources available these days, and it is hard to stay focused on an idea or a project. Today I finished the book, The Writer’s Paris by Eric Maisel. It was such a great book, (I read it in 2 days) and although he is writing about “writing” I believe you can take his methods for creativity and motivation and apply them to whatever your talent or trade is. One excerpt talks about taking the bad with the good. He is in Paris and sees a woman scolded for picking just the good apricots….the store clerk tells her at the sale price, you don’t pick out the good, you take the bad with the good. And Mr. Maisel goes on to apply that to writing. I think I can apply this to painting and design work as well. If you just sit back and stop designing or painting….you will never get to the good. I like this way of thinking….The bad is not so bad, because without it we cannot get to the better, and the good. There are so many great ideas to stay motivated in this book, I recommend it highly.

So take the bad with the good, and keep on creating, no matter what you are doing.