August 2009

Last weekend Kit and I had the opportunity to go on a photo safari at the most elegant BBQ ever in Southfield MA. Jeremy and Emily Stanton plan to open a butcher shop featuring organic and locally raised meat and poultry. The outdoor feast was a fundraiser for the project which they hope to launch by 2010. Rural Intelligence chose a few of the boatload of images we shot to illustrate the story.

I just looked over the F&Gs of the Mike Glier book Along a Lomg Line and I’m so excited. The printed, unbound pages we received yesterday represent the last stage of proofing. After months pouring over digital color proofs tweaking and correcting color it’s thrilling to finally see these in printed form. Digital proofs are to print what print is to standing in front of a painting. There’s a depth and intensity to layers of ink on paper to which a digital proof just can’t compare. We’ll have the books in hand October 15th but if you’d like to preview it you can visit Hard Press Editions or Along a Long Line.

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The first of four illustrations commissioned by Seven Salon Spa is at last complete. This is undoubtably the most complex piece I’ve ever done in Adobe Illustrator, but boy was it fun to get back into the drawing-zone again.

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You might say we had a wee bit of rain this summer. Or like me, you might begin to imagine that what they mean by climate change is that the weather you normally associate with your area is suddenly switched for that of an entirely different locale;  say, Seattle for instance. From what I hear they’d like their regular weather back too.  I guess the silver lining to our many clouds has been that I was not so tempted to run and play outside or while away the hours in the garden.

Instead I’ve been staring into the depths of my monitor. Diving back into  Adobe Illustrator creating an illustration of  Seven Salon and Spa  (and their gardens) in Stockbridge, MA.  Also completed a couple of  wordpress site redesigns for two of  Mike Glier’s recent projects, Along A Long Line and Antipodes. They are online artist’s travel journals documenting different locations around the globe. Mike is currently in Botswana in the first stop of the Antipodes series, painting, taking photos, and writing about the experience.  I’d call his work abstract impressionist landscape—and amazing. Great sense of light, form, and color and I really admire his deftness with the palette knife to create textured overlays of color. I’m not keen on a lot of abstract art but his work is the kind of work I wish I were doing.

Mike Glier has a show coming up at the William’s College Museum and the book version of Along A Long Line (from Hard Press Editions, Lenox) is due back from the printer in September.  I’m really looking forward to seeing both. I’ve spent the past few months deep in the land of color-correction staring at Mike’s paintings and I haven’t gotten tired of  looking at them. But color on a computer monitor or even on the printed page can never truly compare to seeing the real thing.

A few of my favorites:
ARCTIC
“July 21, 2007, 40°F, N66°13 W65°75, Fog”
“August 10, 2007, 47°, N66°13 W65°75, Mount Duval”

NEW YORK
Seventh Street Garden Wisteria

CARIBBEAN
“February 19, 2008, N 18° 33, W 64° 79, 81° F, John’s Folly”

EQUATOR
“October 20, 2007, 89° F, S 01° 02, W 77° 36, rainforest”

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