March 05, 2005

08: When Life Gives You Lemons

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Top row (left to right): Boulder at Kejimkujik National Park, Nova Scotia; Gulf of St. Lawrence from the ferry to Newfoundland; umbrella at the beach, Sandy Hook, Manitoba. Middle row: Dead end, Port Elgin, Ontario; lemon baby (featuring my niece Cadence); the difference between a lemon and Yemen. Bottom row: Lemon tree, Beaudry Provincial Park, Manitoba; the Lemon’s Prayer; rock formation on Flowerpot Island, Ontario.

These are my nine submissions to New York graphic designer Dan Bavosi's 50 Lemons website, a place where creative types let their imaginations run wild – so long as the output relates to lemons. Like myself since early December, Dan haunts HOW magazine's online forums, and was kind enough to post a link to this personal endeavour of his to get peoples' creative lemon juices flowing. So last Sunday I bought a lemon, took a few shots of it outside work on Monday and spent the week putting these citric vignettes together.

Bonus shout-out: The HOW forums are a fantastic place for designers and artists of all makes and models to ask and answer questions, offer and receive feedback on their work, vent, get inspired and/or generally have a good time. The creative energy coming from this place is simply mind-boggling. I'm grateful for discovering it.

14 comments:

Allan L. said...

You've got a great handle on Photoshop, man.

Jeope said...

It grows with time. I don't think I learned much of the stuff it took to make these in school. It's a constant learning thang, that Photoshop.

shannon said...

You have a great set of Lemons! ;-)
I have got to sit down and start my lemon project!

lew! said...

the lemon tree is great!

Anonymous said...

Very odd to see The Girl as a lemon...Deenie

Melissa said...

Great job with the lemons! I've been wanting to take a stab at it myself.

Thanks for the shout out! I'm so grateful for the forum too! Otherwise I'd spend my whole day working, and that would just kill me in the end!

-mel

Dave said...

Please stop. Some of us find your abundent talent entirely enviable and therefore grating because we don't have it...you've completely ruined my self-esteem. So please, as an act of respect for most of the USA's school systems, stop making me feel bad by producing such good stuff.

Thank you.

Dave said...

Actually, can you show a bit bigger version of the tree?

Princesa de Chocolate said...

Your niece has got to be the cutest lemon in the whole world!

Jeope said...

Dave, I'll post the lemon tree on the HOW 'Frigerator.

devon said...

those are great jeope!!!

i love em! i need to get thee crackin' and do more lemons!

i think your one lemon might be going to hell.... ;)

Dan Bavosi said...

Hey, I just stumbled upon this place. Thanks for the kudos!

The Space Above the Couch said...

Great work, and thanks for the heads up! (I've been meaning to do a lemon painting for a while...)

Monica said...

I'm so glad I found this again! I stumbled across your lemon pictures on Google years ago and had set them as my background because I liked them so much.... you're an amazing artist!