Monday, November 29, 2010

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Turkey Dai!

Turkay Dai!

Hope you have a great holiday!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Sahara.

The Sahara
The SaharaThe SaharaThe Sahara.The Sahara.The Sahara.

Some entries don't need words.


Monday, November 22, 2010



Remember that wedding I said I was going to in the last post?
Well I never ended up posting these, but I took their engagement pictures last spring.

They were such a fun couple to shoot! They met at Oklahoma City University and their wedding was set at the OCU chapel. So naturally we had to get some fun pictures there with sidewalk chalk. After that we headed to the Paseo Arts district where we found that fantastic pink wall and played around with more sidewalk chalk. Last but not least they wanted to get the feel of Oklahoma City downtown, so instead of just walking around and taking pictures, they were good sports and let me take them atop a parking garage for some extremely romantic shots. She might have even overcome her fear of heights that day!... yeah maybe not. :)

Anyway they are a fun couple with a great sense of adventure so I am sure they have a fun-filled future ahead of them. Congrats guys!


Friday, November 19, 2010


Bab MellahMellah

Happy Friday everyone! Wanted to share a couple more pictures from my trip last June.
This was from Mellah (ancient jewish quarter) in Marrakech. It was established in the 16th century and is now populated mainly by Muslims. The narrow streets call back to a time before roads were built for cars. It was one of my favorite areas of the city, other than avoiding the scooters whizzing by.

Is it obvious I am longing for my vacation time yet?...

Ok ok enough longing, my plans for the weekend are:

-Finish up a photo project I have been working on for a long while.
-See David Sedaris at Borders!
-Celebrate the birthdays of my friends.
-Attend a wedding
-Celebrate more birthdays
-Other things I am probably forgetting at the moment, my brain is a little spent today

How about you guys?


Thursday, November 18, 2010



Thanksgiving is coming up next week and I am already feeling thankful.
I took this picture last thanksgiving of my Grandfather who is now in his mid-eighties and I just feel so lucky that I am getting to spend another holiday with him. Because I credit him a lot in the formation of who I am today.

It is getting to be that time when one feels more and more pressure to tell the people you love how you truly feel about them, because who knows if you will have another chance. Not only because of maturing age, but just realizing that at any moment there are a whole myriad of things that can happen. Not even a millisecond of life is really guaranteed.
Nothing in life is really ever guaranteed.

I guess that is why sometimes I feel as though faith in an afterlife is really a cop out for not living your current life to the fullest, saying the things you need to say, being the person you need to be.
Perhaps that is a rather judgmental way to view it....
So let me back up to say that honestly, even if someone proved to me today that I would see everyone I love again, I would still want to go on living my life as though I might not.
We humanoids take things in life for granted far too much, especially people.


"And instead of saying all of your goodbyes - let them know
You realize that life goes fast
It's hard to make the good things last
You realize the sun doesn't go down
It's just an illusion caused by the world spinning 'round
-The Flaming Lips


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Uh oh...

Modern MoroccanMoroccan Interior

So I think I am starting to miss Morocco lately. It started becoming obvious to me when I saw it start to creep it's way into my inspiration folder. First in subtle ways and then later in more blatantly obvious photos being dragged into my folder I keep full of endless beautiful interiors. I have noticed they are starting to drift away from being purely American Mid-Century Modern to having bits of ethnic patterns and ornate lines finding their way in.

I guess it's true that travel does change us a bit and broadens our views of what we find beautiful or inspiring wether we like it or not. You can try to come back the same person and hold on to your old ideas with all your might but it you will find its a pointless effort. You are indeed changed. I think this goes for many life experiences but especially for seeing a part of the world that is so different from your own.

Or maybe this is all just a sign from the universe that I need a vacation...
Is it thanksgiving yet?


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

2011 Calendar Hunting

Neutra CalendarLetterpress CalendarCalendarIn season Calendar

This year it has been soooo hard for me to choose a new calendar. Being a bit of a design/photography nut I tend to get really excited when picking out my new calendar for the year. What would I like to use to count my days away?

a. Graph Paper Neutra Calendar by Oven-Door-Owl? I seem to like the gray and white neutral one, don't you?
b. Gorgeous letterpress calendar with animal illustrations by INK+WIT?
c. Beautifully designed decorative calendar by Beau Ideal?
d. Orrrr would I like the illustrated in-season vegetable calendar by Sia Design? Swoooon.

There are too many talented artists to choose from!

Which one do you guys like?


Ps. Last year I had the 2010 version of This Andrew Zuckerman Calendar. Loved it.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Holiday Postcard!

Home for the Holidays PostcardHome for the Holidays

Happy Monday! I am having a particularly great day at work today so I thought I would share a recent piece I put together for our annual Christmas show. The look of this postcard we send out every year hadn't been drastically changed in a long while so I was thrilled that they loved this vintage inspired woodcut look. :)

Happy Monday everyone!


Thursday, November 11, 2010

A sad time for Oklahoma.

The silence of the good people

This isn't a political Blog at all whatsoever.
But this IS a blog written by an Oklahoman about creativity.
Things like this seek to squash creativity, freedom of expression,
and appreciation of other cultures.
Well, silence hasn't always been my strong suit,
and I guess sometimes that isn't such a bad thing.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

OCU Undergraduate Viewbook.

Viewbook CoverTable of ContentsDreamers & Doers
Arts & Sciences
Dance SchoolMusic School
Theatre SchoolOklahoma City

Hey guys just wanted to share a few of my favorite spreads from a recent job I did for
the university.
These are from a 32 page viewbook I did this summer, one of about 6 pieces I redesigned for Undergraduate Admissions. The idea was to give a colorful update that made sense as an evolution from the gorgeous pieces 3rd Degree Advertising did for us 2 years ago.
3rd Degree was definitely a tough act to follow as they won Gold Addys for the pieces, but as a cost saving measure we had to bring them in-house on this round. I gave many nods to the old design while adding splashes of color and photos as a change or evolution.
Redoing this series of publications was definitely one of the bigger challenges I have had in my career as a designer so far and I am so glad it finished well and that my clients
seem pleased.


ps. That handsome fellow in the upper right of the dreamers & doers spread is my beau.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


Abstract Art Watercolor - In The Sky
Herman for Julia Kay's Portrait Party 16/04/10
I always thought I hated watercolor until my color theory teacher made me buy a set of gouache and forced me to use it for an entire semester. It was temperamental and difficult to use. I could never quite get the right consistency until after weeks of practice. I painted endless color swatches that were supposed to be as smooth and seamless as the swatches you pick up from the paint section of the hardware store. I hated her for it. But I slowly started loving the medium. After the weeks of paint swatches, when we finally got to use it in still lifes, it actually seemed very forgiving. When class was over I found it kind of zen to watch where the water bled to see what I could vaguely make out of the mess of water-stained chaos soaking into the thick textured sheets of paper. Defining the shapes or buildings or faces that I watched emerge in rapidograph ink.
These artists above make me want to break out my set again.
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