ATB home studio
Art, essay, Music

Magic Can Come From Routine

Creativity is mysterious, but there is one constant in a creative life: You have to make space for it. Making space requires carving out time. The amount of time is up to you. It could be 10 min. a day, or an hour a week, for example. If you establish a routine and stick to… Continue reading Magic Can Come From Routine

Ambition by ATB
Art, essay

Ambition: Make It Work for You, Not Against You

I've been thinking a lot about ambition lately, for a few reasons. I've just turned 40. Twenty-twenty has come to a close, and we're at the start of a new year. It's a time to think about new mountains to climb, starting with clear intentions. I've been ambitious since I was a kid. When you're… Continue reading Ambition: Make It Work for You, Not Against You

Garden Buddha ATB
Art, essay, garden

Garden Buddha

We bought a Buddha statue from a local chain store called Rups Big Bear (fun and useful finds at great prices!) about a year ago, and it's been a wonderful edition to our yard. I used to display it in a corner of our pool, imagining that it watches benevolently over our surroundings. I've since… Continue reading Garden Buddha

mountain ATB
Art, essay

The View at 40

Illustration by Aileen Torres-Bennett I turn 40 this month. The official start of middle age. Wow. It's a milestone. A good time to take stock, as I typically do on my birthday. I give the last year a thumb's up. I aim to make progress on at least one thing every year, and in my… Continue reading The View at 40

Genius at Work ATB
Art, design, Products

Design: Genius at Work

Illustration by Aileen Torres-Bennett I finally did it. I created my "Genius at Work" design. I've been joking around that I'm a "genius at work" in my home office, and doing an illustration has been in the back of my mind for a few years. Why a pig? Because I may be slim and trim,… Continue reading Design: Genius at Work