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Local History

Our guest contributor this week is Pat Barch, the Hoffman Estates Historian.  This column originally appeared in the August 2012 issue of the Hoffman Estates Citizen, the village’s newsletter.  The column appears here, courtesy of the Village of Hoffman Estates.

Last week I wrote a piece on Louis Menke, the first major builder of early Schaumburg Township.   As it sometimes serendipitously happens, Pat wrote her August column on Jack Hoffman of F and S Construction Co. who built early Hoffman Estates.  I think you’ll see he, like Menke, was definitely a busy man.       

Jack Hoffman was the developer of Hoffman Estates.  He gave his name to the town he built.  Although he and his dad Sam built their first homes in Phoenix to provide homes for the returning GIs, he was always proud of the village that bore his name.

Recently a story in the Neighbor section of the Daily Herald dated 6/26/12 told of the generous…

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My dog as a Pokemon

I did do some work in my paper art journal, but I don’t really want to post them. I don’t know why. I guess I don’t think it’s good enough to show to the internet.

My bestie’s daughter was making Pokemon cards on this website.

I came up with this:


Maybe I should have made the damage greater for the dog fart. I swear it is a weapon of ass destruction.

Art journals, painting, and other stuff

I haven’t really been doing too much when it comes to art. I am TRYING to get this medical coding class over by sometime in April so that I can have it done before I go to Japan with my boyfriend. I thought the ICD-10-CM was hard! CPT and HCPCS is even more confusing. I keep having to reread things and keep having to play the lecture bits over and over.  It is so frustrating. I just want to get this all done so that I’d be ready to get a better paying job!

I did buy another bound sketch journal. Like I needed any more of those! I decided to make that into my paper art therapy journal.


I probably won’t post EVERYTHING I put in there, but I will make myself do at least SOMETHING in it, even if it’s complete shite.  I need to be able to force myself to do at least something. I did have one little tidbit that I thought was not too bad:


I sometimes do collages in this journal when I can’t think of anything else to draw. Sometimes I will come back and draw things around what I’ve cut and pasted. In this case, I had a catalog from Stash Tea. I cut out a bunch of tea cups and pasted them onto the paper. Since the tea cups made me think of British things, I drew a bunch of Doctor Who characters interacting with the tea cups. The figures are quite rough. I kind of liked the Dalek stuck in a tea cup. This is the first time I have ever drawn a Dalek. I need more practice so I can draw better Daleks.

Ugh. I guess I will post the whole page even though I didn’t think it was a strong art journal page over all so you can see what I did with the characters and the tea cups.

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Figures are definitely not my strength. I need to do a lot more studying with those. Plus I just scribbled out the TARDIS and didn’t really put any time into that.

I found an old jug in the attic.  It was a souvenir from a stupid Sig Ep frat party from 1963. My father was a Sig Ep. Figured he’d be the type to be in a fraternity. Any way. I grabbed some Testors oil based model paints to paint over those stupid pirates on the jug. I should have taken a “before” photo, but didn’t think of it until I finished painting it.


I have taken interest in this bloke named Noah Bradley. He is an artist who teaches on the side. He has all kinds of really interesting tips on how to improve your art no matter what level you are.  One of the things he suggests it practicing art an hour a day for three weeks.  I am sort of doing that with the art journal, but the entries rarely take an hour. When I am done with this code class, I will do proper art study exercises from his blog and Youtube channel.