Steven holl

At dawn, with a cup of green tea in hand, Steven Holl sets out his watercolors and a spiral-bound journal. He has followed this routine for more than twenty years, having learned to value the creative spark that comes prior to the day's unfolding energy. What he paints varies on his mood and the tenor of the day perhaps a formal study or a light study may appear. Often, these early morning creative stretches mark the beginning concepts for a building, the architect says. Holl has drawn and...

Denyse schmidt

-Descending from a long tradition of quilt making Denyse Schmidt's creations have a quirky, decidedly contemporary spin without even a hint of hobbystore saccharine. Her journal pages are dotted with tiny renderings of the quilts, roughhewn sketches in colored pencil. Filled with saturated hues, one book has the deep colors of a New England fall asters, cranberries, and pine. Another is summery and light with the colors of sherbet, lemonade, and babies' gingham blankets. Other pages comprise...

The Journals Project

It is too bad the journals that are part of the 1,000 Journals Project do not have tiny, hidden video cameras attached to them. The images that would come back from the journeys would be as fascinating as the books' contents. Reminiscent of the Grateful Dead anthem what a long, strange trip it's been, one journal was stowed in a cave and may still be there , another was stolen at gunpoint, and one traveled throughout Brazil and Ireland before returning to the United States, where it made its...

Andrew Swift

One of Andrew Swift's favorite memories from a trip to Honduras with a medical mission was of a team performing a cesarean section. There was an older physician and a team of scrub nurses with whom he'd worked for years, recalls Swift, who once thought he'd go to medical school but turned to a career in medical illustration instead. Not once did they talk about the surgery they talked about their kids' soccer games, their families. It was like ballet. Flawless. What appealed to him most about...

Robert parke harrison

Robert Parke Harrison

Robert BrkeHarrison's photographs are eerie narratives of life in a world slightly like ours but also entirely different. A single character BrkeHar -rison himself, dressed always in a simple dark suit and white shirt perches on a ladder with giant feathery wings attached to his arms or sews a gaping piece of earth with a giant needle. iW their seemingly mocha-splattered glaze and dim lighting, the photographs can be mistaken for sepias of an earlier era but their environmental storylines are...

Rick Hoblitt

Hannah Hinchman Sketch

The life of a freelance illustrator, workshop teacher, and self professed amateur naturalist does not come with fringe benefits, at least not the monetary kind. Hannah Hinchman is characteristically candid about the drawbacks of such an existence I've never thought much about money in the bank. As long as I had enough for cat food and coffee, that was plenty. But now here I am at fifty with no appreciable assets. And yet she has accumulated assets that many people would envy. Since she was...

John Copeland

More than midway through a project to photograph everything he eats for a year, Tucker Shaw says he can now see a story in a bagel. What began as pure documentation has taken on a deeper meaning for Shaw, who carries a digital camera with him at all times so he can snap a snack or a four-course meal before indulging. The process has become more important than the product, he says of the photographs he began taking in January 2004. I never expected to find so much to consider in my food, such as...

Drawing From Life

It started with showers At fourteen Renato Umali so disliked bathing that he began tracking how much time he spent at it. As a competitive cyclist in high school, he kept charts to document his progress. In college, concerned by his growing Burger King consumption, he logged his visits and what he ate, along with his sleeping patterns, car-related statistics, and a rating of his day on a one-to-five scale. When a girlfriend complained that they were not spending enough quality time together,...