Art Exhibit

Art Exhibit

It is a great honor to be included in the 2021 AQUA art exhibit.

2020 seemed like a good year to reconnect with creating art. Over the past 20 years my digital design work has mostly overshadowed all my other creative work. Even though much of my illustration work is created by ink & pen. I typically take my drawings and digitize and enhance them. The end result is a combination of different mediums.

Returning back to painting came from a need to distance myself from my computer. To step away from the screen. To use my hands and eyes differently. Knowing myself, I began with scheduling 2-hours every Sunday for creative time. Draw, paint, or doodle for a few hours without distractions. The absence of distractions is the most important element of being creative. Making a space that has the correct supplies and the time to-be-at-one with the process. And making do. Yes, the final part about being creative is getting out of your own way and making do. Use what supplies you have and just start creating.

I am always drawing doodles. Circles, squares, step-ladders, embellished typography, oddly shaped people, and more circles.

With two pieces Masked (2020) and Red Robe (2020).

Masked (2020) painting began as a doodle. I really was not thinking. Just drawing and creating shapes. I certainly didn’t begin to do a painting of a person with a mask. The eyes formed. Then the  mask just kinda manifested on the surface. At first, I didn’t recognize or identify the mask. It had begun with lines forming – then it took on the mask form and I understood it better. I guess I was having some subconscious conflict between wearing a mask and not wearing a mask.With the sudden adoption of masks as part of modern culture. 

Masked (2020) – by Gary Crossey

Red Robe (2020 acrylics) by Gary Crossey

Red Robe (2020) painted over the course of a few weeks (mostly on Sunday afternoon). The painting took a few different directions before settling for this simple fictional portrait. I am starting to feel more comfortable with painting. I felt connected with the painting. Each week I really had a need to layer more paint on the canvas. At times, I still feel that the painting wants more work to be done. It may not be finished.

Joan Mitchell Overview

Joan Mitchell Overview

3/21/21 – I am on my third book about Joan Mitchell. In the first book (Ninth) I thought it was Joni Mitchell the singer (and painter) but I couldn’t quite connect the style of Joan Mitchell with Joni Mitchell’s art style. Once I figured out the difference – I began a search to better understand. No, to better connect with the artwork of Joan Mitchell.

To be honest – I am having a hard time connecting with the visuals. Most of the information about Joan Mitchell is about her personality and relationships. With a focus on where she lived. Oh the last three books there is but a little bit of information about the art and why it was important to Joan Mitchell.

Strong of art shows over eight years in the Stable Gallery New York (1953 – 1965).


  • Shirley Jeffe – painter
  • Norman Bluhm
  • Sam Franis
  • Paul Jerkins
  • Kimber Smith
  • Saul Steinberg
  • Jean-Paul Riopelle – personal connection.
King of Spades (1956) Joan Mitchell
Evenings on Seventy-third Street (1956) Joan Mitchell

Evenings on Seventy-third Street borrows from Kline, de Kooning, and Tworkov.

Ladybug (1957) Joan Mitchell

Ladybug – is seen as the beginning of Mitchell forming her own visual vocabulary. One reviewer speaks about the “horizontal and startlingly architectonic character” as if Ladybug is a bridge.

Joan Mitchell – Chatiere – 1960

Chatiere – 1960

Grandes Carrieres – 1961 –
Joan said the art work was “very violent and angry paintings”

American Abstract Expressionism

  • Pierre Soulages
  • Henri Michaux
  • Georges Mathieu
Local Small Business Discount

Local Small Business Discount

Local Small Business is Important

Irishguy Design Studio Inc is a small business in rural Big Sandy Mush (Asheville NC Area). As a small business owner I believe it is important to support other local small businesses.

With supporting small businesses in mind – I developed and launched the Local Business Discount Program.

The best way that I know how to support my local community is by providing what I am good at – Branding and Web Design. The Local Business Discount provides the startup branding at operational costs. That’s right – my business makes no profit.

For new or seasonal businesses the groundwork to creating a brand can be daunting and expensive.

I hope by reducing the upfront cost for our new clients – that they can get the fair representation online that they need to be successful.


Small Business Discount

Local Discount Program Success

I measure my own success by my clients’ success.

The greatest part of the Local Discount Program is when my client tells me they don’t need it any longer – and to bill them at my regular rates. My goals are met when my clients are reaching their goals.

And, Yes I Will Accept a Bonus

Recently, a client asked to pay-back the discount for their Startup Branding and Website Package. They loved their logo. And learnt so much from the Branding experience. Their business goals were exceeded. Believe me, I did appreciate the extra money into my business. It went to pay for my most recent Google Certification classes.

Gary Crossey (Founder & Senior Designer)

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End of Year Chart

End of Year Chart


The Vegan Slow Cooker
Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet
Conversations with Friends
A Man With One of Those Faces
Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir
Life Photographers: What They Saw
20 Ways to Draw a Tulip and 44 Other Fabulous Flowers: A Sketchbook for Artists, Designers, and Doodlers
The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek
Marian Bantjes: Pretty Pictures
Tomorrow I'll Be Brave
Tomorrow I'll Be Kind
Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, & Advice for Living Your Best Life
Native Son
Your Power to Create: From Wishful Thinking to True Manifestation
Anatomy of the Spirit: The Seven Stages of Power and Healing
The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon
Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World
The End of Your Life Book Club
The Snow Child


Put your hands together one more time mix. It was great fun making the mix and thank you for the wonderful feedback. 

2020 Playlist

2020 was quite a good year for music.

Jessie Ware, Roisin Murphy, Elder Island, and Dua Lipa were all on heavy rotation.  

2020 – Song of the Year

Note sure why my song of the year didn’t hit the heights it deserved. 

The only thing that could make Honey by Wildligh and The Polish Ambassdor any better would be to obtain a copy of the lyrics.


My Top Ten Podcasts

  1. Talk Art
  2. Design Matters
  3. The Art Angle
  4. Wordfence
  5. The CSS Podcast
  6. Getting Curious
  7. In Our Time: Philosophy
  8. History of Japan
  9. The History of Rome
  10. This Way Out

I didn’t include links to the podcasts – as the same content is available on different Podcast services. Simply look up the podcast with the Podcast service you use.

If the podcast is not available. Search for the podcast online.  


2020 is the Year of the Podcast.

While everyone is now publishing content. I found that I had to limit how many podcasts I could follow.

Art, Design, Coding, Philosophy, and History are my main interests.

With TalkArt Design Matters topping my list of favorite podcast for 2020. I actually listened to the entire back catalog of TalkArt – so feeling inspired. 

You couldn’t listen to a better creative blog than Design Matters by Debbie Millman. Debbie Millman has been broadcasting independently for over 15 years. And sets a high bar for quality  content. 


2020 End of year chart Social Media
2020 End of year chart - social media
2020 End of Year chart - Social Media posts

Why update to Dreamweaver CS5

Why update to Dreamweaver CS5

Adobe Dreamweaver CS5 – 4 New Features for CMS Development that you can not do without.

Adobe Dreamweaver CS5

With the release of Dreamweaver CS5, Adobe has addressed many of the difficult aspects of designing and developing for Content Management Systems by including the following four new features:

  1. Live Preview (no browser)
  2. File Relationship (filters)
  3. Live Code
  4. Code Hints (specific)

I do have to omit that I am a big fan of Dreamweaver, since the 1997 release, I have found the software to be easy to use and reliable. Other than a few interface changes, and improvements with software stability and workflow, Dreamweaver has not changed much over the years. While deploying internet content has completely changed.

Many web designers/developers have found their roles disappear as clients move toward popular and dependable user controlled content management systems and Social Network sites.

WordPress, Joomla and Drupal offer solid, steady framework web sites that integrate User Privileges, Social Networking, Blog Posting, Google Webmaster Tools, Shopping Carts, CSS capabilities and successful SEO integration. While Social Networking web sites like Facebook and Twitter provides cost effective communication tools.

Clients can now easily post/share content, create advanced online galleries, upload video and deploy endless amounts of content without any help from a web designer or developer. The only noticeable difference by removing the developer and designer is that the web sites look the same, which is generally clean, uninteresting and dull.

For advanced web developers who already had a familiarity with FTP servers transfers, Local Hosting, CSS, PHP, HTML, JavaScript and function based commands, then using Dreamweaver still remained a strong web development tool within their web developers arsenal.

For the advanced web designer, adapting to CMS Framework web sites was more difficult, if almost impossible.
CMS (Content Management Web sites) are dynamic web sites that populate content during runtime, meaning that web site content is generating in real-time for a particular user or request. Unlike static web sites that present the same content to all users, CMS produce content based on the assigned role for a specific user. For a website like Amazon identifying and producing relatable content to the user is an essential component to their success. However, beyond deploying independent content, the sidebar, header, footer and pages can be adapted to coincide with user permissions.

The problem that many web designers have had for the past five years, is that the resulting web site is difficult or impossible to see and complex to update in Dreamweaver.

With the release of Adobe Creative Suite – Dreamweaver (CS5) the role of the developer and design is back. With new integrated CMS Framework tools, developers/designers can test and author WordPress, Joomla or Drupal web sites all within the Adobe Dreamweaver environment.  With the Dreamweaver interface now having the ability to view and edit CMS Framework in real time.

Live Preview (no browser)

All users to Dreamweaver will instantly enjoy the new Live Preview feature. No more having to press F12 to view your webpage in an external browser, and no more of those aggravating activate now warning generated by Internet Explorer 8.   With Live Preview you have a real time preview of your web site right in Dreamweaver, with the extra bonus of being able to preview your content via any popular browser.
Live Preview works by creating a private proxy web site on the Adobe server and relayed back to the Dreamweaver interface.

Giving designers and developers a precise picture of how the web site will appear to your site visitors, making Live Preview feature a huge timesaver.

Adobe BrowserLab > Give access to Domain

File Relationship with filters

There are two very useful aspects to File Relationships with Filters. That can possibly reduce hours if not days from their workflow. From first file relationship aspect, gives you the big picture, the filtering ability provides the results to have access to precise functions or tools included deep within your web site.

Understanding how dynamic web site deploys content can be difficult enough to comprehend, but locating the correct line of code that controls the exact function, format or purpose of the content can be the quintessential needle in a haystack.
Forget about spending hours searching PHP, HTML, CSS, XML and JavaScript documents that content thousands of lines of valuable functional code. Dreamweaver CS5 expands on the build-in file relationship feature by including all files used in any capacity in that particular page. With earlier releases of Dreamweaver that included the file relationship tab, active pages no longer have to be include as local files. Dreamweaver will actually scan the server and compile the relationship based on the live active files, rather than the local copy of files residing on the computer hard drive.

One element that I think developers and designers will really appreciate is being able to see how different PHP, CSS and JavaScript documents relate to one another when used to create dynamic content. A basic WordPress page might use many different elements that share hundreds of live file relationships, making the active live File Relationship panel a little overwhelming. Dreamweaver developers have considered how vast source files can become and have included a clever filter feature. Making it easy and quick for developer or designer to access and edit any aspects of a web site.
Having the filter gives you the ability to search the web site for a particular feature; Header, footer, sidebar or DIV tag – and only show file relate files that include the particular element included for the search.


The LiveView is doing to dynamic web site, what Dreamweaver did ten years ago for static web pages. LiveView provides the developer/designer the ability to browse throughout the web site without leaving Dreamweaver. All of the web site functions are active in the preview – however, the big difference is now any component is editable within Dreamweaver, and fast to access. Simply click the item you need to alter and the corresponding line of code that controls the item will be presented and editable.
For the ultimate experience, combine LiveView with Live Preview.

Code Hints (specific)

New Code Hints Specific is that missing tool for CMS developers.
Writing code in Notepad is not a productive method for generating code. To be a productive web developer or designer it is important to become accustomed with viewing, editing and publishing code within the Dreamweaver environment.
Dreamweaver Code Hints is a fast method for writing clean, good and functional code. Dreamweaver has included code hint as a feature as far back as I recall. Early versions of Dreamweaver had code bloating problems that was later resolved to create a coding platform that produces web standard clean precise code. That is color coded and formatted for easy proofing and troubleshooting.

Building content and writing code of a content management system is different for each platform. For many developers it is easier to select one platform and only develop for that CMS. Dreamweaver is breaking that habit, by giving developers / programmers the ability to write CMS specific code based on the particular CMS updated, with Code Hints relating only to that one specific CMS.

Top Menu Bar: Site > Site-Specific Code Hints

Currently Dreamweaver has builds in presets for Joomla, Drupal and WordPress and any Custom Framework or custom set of class that are used on any dynamic web site.  The best part about the Code Hint feature is when used on a custom web site (not one of the top three), Dreamweaver will actually scan the entire server, locating all the web site functions, variables, CSS, HTML and PHP creating a code hint based upon those source files.  Now you can certainly brag about that Dreamweaver tool.

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Written by – Gary Crossey