December, 2011 Archives

Wonder Brand Stamps for Mr. Steve

December 30th, 2011 Permalink

One of my graphic design gigs is working for this guy named Steve Southerland. He owns Not Just Printing in Ventura, CA. Steve is a philatelist and as a hobby, he perpetrates a few hoaxes via these phony stamps. He has a few different series’ of stamps including collections from mythical islands that have since […]


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One of my graphic design gigs is working for this guy named Steve Southerland. He owns Not Just Printing in Ventura, CA. Steve is a philatelist and as a hobby, he perpetrates a few hoaxes via these phony stamps. He has a few different series’ of stamps including collections from mythical islands that have since sunk into the ocean. Some of his stamps, including the ones pictured here, are based on the concept of misguided and privately funded postage. The idea behind these is that at some point in time the Postal Service was considering selling stamps as advertising space to generate extra income. These are from the Wonder Brand Goggle Co.

Steve comes up with the concept and the text while I create the actual stamps using scans of actual stamps and pictures from old catalogs. We mount them on a colored background that includes the description. The mounted stamps are then framed as a set.

You can see some of Steve’s completed sets at his Buckaroo Arts web site and they can be purchased directly from there.

Sunset on the Sespe

December 17th, 2011 Permalink

After having this image sitting idle in Lightroom for about a week, I decided that I couldn’t add any more to it and that it was complete. I shot this on the Sespe River in Fillmore, CA with my Canon S90. I guess you could say it is another one of those “magic hour” shots. […]

Sunset on the Sespe River

After having this image sitting idle in Lightroom for about a week, I decided that I couldn’t add any more to it and that it was complete. I shot this on the Sespe River in Fillmore, CA with my Canon S90. I guess you could say it is another one of those “magic hour” shots. Most of the post-processing I’ve been doing with these photos involves creating an HDR or panoramic image and then layering a bunch of textures over them until they become the painting-like pictures you see here.

I have to confess that this series is inspired in part by a trip to Santa Fe NM that I took with Amelia this year. Without getting too far into my own personal critique of what I saw while visiting the world’s 2nd largest (?) art market, let’s just say that months later, I am still processing the experience. Part of it is my way of trying to find inspiration in the town I live in. If I can draw from what is arguably Fillmore’s assets, i.e. it’s landscape and surroundings, than perhaps I can find some sort of salvation.

El Chayote – One More for Lotería

December 4th, 2011 Permalink

Here’s a new one for my Lotería series. I whipped this one out this morning while the woman and her child were in LA. The green on green is a bit intense, but I think it will work with the rest of the series.

El Chayote

Here’s a new one for my Lotería series. I whipped this one out this morning while the woman and her child were in LA. The green on green is a bit intense, but I think it will work with the rest of the series.