Saturday, March 21, 2015

Wine Labels

My wife Camille and I just purchased a pair of quarter orphan barrels of wine from Domenico's Winery in San Carlos. What that means is we have wine that we will bottle ourselves at the winery later this year and next year from barrels of wine created by members of the winery's wine-making club, Bacchus. One is a 2014 Amador County Aglianico and the other is a 2014 Amador County Primitivo.

Each year the club works with the winemaster, Dominick Chirichillo, to press, barrel, blend, and bottle fantastic wines from grapes grown around Northern California. Some of the wine which has been pressed and barreled, is left over - or "orphaned" - and the winery has a tasting out of the barrels for the general public. You can buy a barrel to bottle yourself at the winery, or, if you're lucky, you can find others to go in on a barrel and split it.

We were lucky enough to find two barrels we really loved and some partners to get a quarter of each. In return for the favor of doing a split, I'm going to design their wine labels. Below are some of the labels I've designed for our and our partner's wines along with some others.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Sign the Adobe Anti-Subscription Petition

Sign the Adobe Systems Incorporated: Eliminate the mandatory "creative cloud" subscription model petition! Adobe is moving to a subscription only model for its revenue, and I believe it will greatly reduce, if not eliminate, Adobe's incentives to improve its software. If they don't have to create improved versions to keep consumers buying their upgrades, then what is their incentive to improve the product? There's no real competition to Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Dreamweaver. Software engineering staff at Adobe make six figure salaries -- what's to keep executive staff from seeing the obvious financial model that they don't need as many engineers on staff since there's no potential revenue increase in adding a new feature or fixing an old bug? It's an employment disaster for Adobe employees.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

How To Do Embedded Objects in HTML

I've just posted a page for my Cañada College Web II class on how to do embedded objects  here

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Mexico Vacation Photos Posted

Actually, they've been posted for a while, but I haven't an­nounced it any­where. There's a lot of photo­graphs docu­ment­ing our Culi­nary Tour of Mexico.

You can find them here

Sunday, November 6, 2011

New Label for Camille's Tooth Whitening Hard Cider

New label for my wife's Hard Cider, and also a demonstration piece for my Digital Illustration class I teach at Cañada College.

The "Tooth Whitening" idea takes off from the fact that my wife, Camille, is a dental hygienist, and also from her namesake, Camille, a.k.a Marie Duplessis, who was a famous nineteenth century courtesan and the inspiration for Giuseppe Verdi's opera, La Traviata. She is quoted as saying "Lying keeps my teeth white."

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Dark Angels Site Goes Live

I've just posted a new web site devoted to my most current art project, Dark Angels.

Dark Angels is an open-ended series of renderings using the iconographic imagery of angels classical Western European painting as a starting point to re-imagine their representation as another kind of being, one with darker resonances and in opposition to the traditional representation of angles as beings of "light". Check it out, it's here: darkangels.khazar.com

Sunday, May 15, 2011

3D or Not 3D

My wife and I went to some trouble to go into San Francisco and see a 3D version of Werner Herzog's Cave of Forgotten Dreams at the Kabuki Theater. The cave's are an amazing place, but I'm ready to give up on 3D. Avatar was a wonder to behold, but subsequent 3D films have been consistently disappointing. I imagined that Herr H. would bring the kind of artistic vision to the process that would make it worthwhile, but instead I just got a stiff neck and headache trying to keep the glasses in place on my nose and keep my eye's resolving the oftentimes out of focus 3D. We also got overcharged for parking...

So, I give up on 3D movies. For now, anyway.