Once upon a time I wanted to go to Paris. Selfishly, I wanted to go by myself. Really, so i wouldn't need to negotiate with another the plans of each day. To just go, be there and see. To see great art that I had studied and to know what my art historically was adding to.
That was 25 years ago and now with Mary, on our 20th wedding anniversary, I couldn't dream of going by myself without her, let alone with anyone else. I was so glad to have her be the one to go with, everyday we had the same desires and wanted to see all the of the best that art history could show us. Each day there was no negotiating, eat croissant and have coffee, hit the street, see art and architecture, drink wine, eat, sleep. Well we found it all and a few surprise things and never had one low point.
For the past two years it seems Mary and I have been working hard on the side a day here a day there, squeezing in a set of prints that celebrates our backpacking trip careers along the crest of the Sierra Nevada. Mary and I collaborated together on the imagery, she carved the linocut blocks from either one of my photos or out of her sketch book/journal. the Haiku poetry I wrote while we hiked in the backcountry and was hand set in lead type. In total we made eight prints in the folio and the folio is an edition of ten. Mary printed the whole folio at KALA, a print studio where she has been doing an artist residence. The letter press she used is an old Vandercook SP20.