GREEN is about to be released, so here are some images from the making of the book. Because each and every page contains die-cuts, this book was a challenge as each painting, in effect, is a part of the painting before it and the painting after.
While working on GREEN and using the color green as a vehicle for my exploration of the world around us, I realized that everything in our world is connected, sometimes in very subtle ways. It was for that reason that I decided that die-cuts were a way for me to show this connection and encourage the reader to look more closely at things we all see every day. My feeling is that we first need to truly appreciate our environment and if we do, then we are more likely to take care of it.
Here is a link to the book trailer on YouTube, with music composed and performed by my son, Dylan: GREEN BOOK TRAILER
At first it was a struggle to create a book about the concept of green. It was, of course, to be about green as an environmental concept, but the overwhelming challenge was to achieve this without didacticism.
Finally, the idea of writing a simple poem about the color green was a way in which the environmental issue could be addressed in a subtle yet powerful way.
The process isn’t always neat and tidy.
And with this book more than ever, the journal was integral to the process as the possibilities for each layout were explored and the paint mixture for each shade of green was carefully documented.