Beer, Art and Gum Printing


Insurance Against Great Thirst The most unforgettable beer cafes on the planet are without a doubt found in Belgium. I’m thirsty just thinking about it, especially the cozy little beer cafe in Lennik open random days for extremely lucky people called In de Verzekering tegen de Grote Dorst, or “Insurance Against Great Thirst.” We arrived

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What’s up, Buttercup?


Radiant with Charm Flowers have a way of charming the soul, raising your spirits with their abundance of color. I’ve made it a habit to pick up a bouquet every Sunday to grace my kitchen. Often the flowers become the subject of my photographic studies. Their organic twists and turns suggest just enough detail to

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Tulips: The Beauty of Spring


Sometimes, gum printing surprises me in the best possible way. The exact moment when the final layer of a tri-color print begins to develop can take my breath away. The red, yellow and blue layers gradually build to form a color photo, and the image comes to life.

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Three Places


In the Moment Most recently, I’ve been working on a small series of landscapes, a subject that typically doesn’t intrigue me. As the maker of these images, I’ve attached distinct memories to each day they represent: A very peaceful and foggy day on the coastline of Half Moon Bay, when I learned of my grandmother’s

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Amazing Saison, Angry Cows


A funny thing happened on the Belgian Farmhouse Ale tour. On the bus, Stu asked if there’s anything we’d really like to do before the tour was over. Somehow the words “I want to get up close and personal with a cow’ flew out of my mouth. What?

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Those Silly malt things, and other things I discovered in Belgium


There’s really nothing silly about where malt is stored at a brewery, unless it happens to be at Brasserie de Silly in the Belgian town of Silly. Then of course, it’s more silly than not. Aside from tasting the delicious amber Saison and Scotch Silly, I shared a few laughs with my beer tour companions about the

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Fresh crop of fake flowers


An artist friend of mine once said to me (in much nicer words), to stop thinking so darn much and just make beautiful pictures. Last week in the studio, I gave my brain a few days off and simply responded to the images as they appeared. Why the heck not print the red negative in

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Vintage feel, old school process


Only an artist could be charmed by roll of toilet paper. Or a crazy person. Our last hotel in Sevilla was so full of vintage details, from the enormous gold room key to the antique furniture, that I couldn’t resist capturing these moments on film. In hindsight, my fascination with toilet paper was a foreshadowing

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Emerging from the frozen art cave


All of life and art is an experiment, right? If something is not making you happy, make adjustments and alter your course. Steer right, left, or completely turn around, unless you know in your soul that you are already on the right path. Ten years ago, I was struck by some kind of certainty that

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My Gum Habit


Everything you hear about gum printing is true: there’s no right way to do it; you’ll fill up a trash can with prints before you get something you like; and it’s highly addictive. A simple cyanotype now seems too simple without at least 2 layers of gum bichromate on top. The translucent pigments mix with

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