A lot of you don't know what I do for a living, exactly. I'll tell you: I lay out college textbooks. I take the text from the author, and the photos from the photographer, and the figures from the artist, and I put them all prettily on a page, so that it is most readable for the college student.
I've been doing this since before computers did it for us; I started out as a paste-up artist. I have a passion for it. I love that an "m" is twice the width of an "n." I'm amused when I catch you following typing instructions of yore, and putting two spaces after every period. I know that small caps are 75% the size of Uppercase letters.
Snore away. I love it.
And after 26 years learning the in's and out's of type...
I love that my boss sends me to the studio, to paint, when I'm out of work. Don't tell him I said this, but seriously, I'm never happier than "down season." Oh, I love the en's and em's, but honey...did I say 26 years?
A few weeks ago, his wife asked me if I could paint a mural on the fence in her courtyard. Lizards and insects, to dress up a drab, gray, wooden surrounding. I readily agreed, and then the 3 of us put our heads together. Which paint? What would work best? Would the paint soak into the wood?
An experiment was in order. What if we drew up a lizard, cut it out of some scrap tin, then painted the thing? We could just nail it straight to the fence.
Draw, draw, cut cut....
And Friday afternoon: Paint, paint paint. Here's the results of Lizard #1:
How cute is it!!! A few holes punched in, and someone's going to have one kick-ass fence! There are about 9 more in the works...
Lizard #2. And I'm thinking up dragonflies. And ladybugs, and grasshoppers.
Not for them! For me! I mean, to SELL.
By the way....how much would you pay for a hand-crafted, hand-painted creature to secure upon YOUR garden fence?
Uh. Just wondering.....