Raise a glass to the brews from California’s Central Coast. This image was created as signed limited edition print for the Just Looking Gallery in San Luis Obispo, California. It is available in three different sizes: 12″ x 18″ on paper, 24″ x 36″, and 40″ x 60″ both on canvas. Click the link to contact the gallery. Read more
“Simply Sophisticated” is a new image I created for the Just Looking Gallery in San Luis Obispo, California. Everyone is familiar with the Napa Valley and their world class wines. California’s Central Coast is an up and coming wine country with wines that rival those from Napa and Sonoma counties. Read more
This is my second piece in the exploration of classic neon signs. Imagine a liquor store that opened up in a 1950s strip mall in a Southern California suburb. The neon letters gradually spell L-I-Q-O-U-R one letter at a time. The sign then blinks three times before going blank and starting the sequence over again. Read more
If you love America’s National Parks, then Crater Lake National should be on your must see list. It’s an awe inspiring place with a fascinating geological history. One can easily drive the 33-mile (53 km) rim in a day and there are several vantage points to view the lake. One day I plan to cycle around the rim. Some of those grades look brutal, so I’d better start training for it now! Read more
Having grown up in southern California in the 60s and 70s, I can still remember the last vestiges of a once thriving citrus industry. Walking to school one could smell the oil-burning smudge pots and hear the whirling propellers that kept the precious fruit from freezing. By the 1980s most of the groves were cleared for houses and strip malls. Somewhere in my subconscious an imprint was made and years later I felt the urge to create a series of labels representing the citrus era. Here I’ll demonstrate how the lettering was created for the label “Mission Brand Oranges.”
The idea for this image just came from out of nowhere. A lightbulb went off in my head. A compact fluorescent light bulb, to be exact. That seemed like a clever twist to put on the visual metaphor for an idea. I always been a fan of Jean Carlu’s posters and have studied them in detail. Perhaps they are absorbed in my mind and now one is manifesting itself as a poster. Think Green! Created in Abode Illustrator.
When making the transition from traditional to digital media, the first program I learned was Adobe Photoshop. It came the closest to replicating the gritty airbrush texture. The problem with Photoshop was the files could get huge. For example, a 16″ x 24″ image with multiple layers would be come an unwieldy monster that taxed my computer’s hard drive. Also, a Photoshop image could not be enlarged much without distorting the resolution. In contrast, Adobe Illustrator files were much smaller and retain their quality if enlarged. The problem was that earlier versions of Illustrator were great for smooth gradations, but were limited with creating texture – at least I thought so. Read more