Autumn

It’s almost November. It smells like wood smoke outside, wood smoke and pungent saltwater and decay. A damp fog chills to the bone, fragile frost crystals gleam and break at first light. Yellow school buses squeal to a stop, whoosh, sigh, swallow children, move on.

It’s almost November. I bring out the boots, the knits, the throw blankets, the scratchy plaid scarf that was Mae’s. I order new books. At the supermarket, wooden crates overflow with carefully and somewhat precariously stacked apple varieties. Honey Crisp, Snow Sweet, Red Delicious, Gala, McIntosh, Cortland, Granny Smith. There are squashes and ciders and pumpkins and ears of dried purple corn. At the coffee shop I drink a hot latte and eat a scone that tastes of orange, ricotta and spiced nutmeg.

After it rains, the grass becomes an emerald velvet cushion. The trees gently lay their jewels upon it: rubies, garnet, topaz, amber and citrine. It’s almost November, and before I know it, this wild riot of color will sleep beneath a blanket of gray and white.

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Aspen Gallery

I'm very proud and honored today to be part of the launch of Aspen Gallery, through which I am making available a selection of my work as limited edition prints in 3 different series.

I'm also excited to be working with Aspen as a member of the curatorial board, where I will be assisting with portfolio reviews and the curation for new artists.

Aspen Gallery has a completely unique approach in the art world: price art competitively, charge less commission to the artist and help connect emerging talents with established collectors. Aspen also awards a yearly $5,000 Artist Fellowship to further fine art photographers in their careers. This is such a wonderful and positive approach.

I believe in the concept behind this gallery and I'm very honored to be represented among other very talented photographers who also have a vision for making the art world a better place.

Rebecca Lily Pro Set V

I've been a little quiet here on my blog, but busy with color in the studio! I just released Pro Set V for Adobe Lightroom and Camera Raw last week. I loved creating the bold new looks for this set, from vivid to pastel to dark & moody!

I treat every color palette I design as artwork and a means of expression. Just as a photograph is most impactful when it is both technically sound and conveys heart, I believe a professional color grading product ought to be reliable but also artistic in approach. Color to me is art, and art is true inspiration come to life – not an emulation, not a science, not a copy of what has already been done before, but a unique idea expressing itself.

Pro V is my idea of what beauty and feelings look like in color form. My hope is that every individual photographer who uses it finds their favorite color palettes that resonate with their own particular way of self-expression. It's been so exciting for me since the launch to see photographers around the world love and use Pro V creatively!

Thai

Johnny and I are on a Thai food kick after finding an authentic local restaurant that serves it. My favorite dishes so far are the red curry and spicy bamboo, with a taro bubble tea on the side.

I love having variety in cuisine. I think this comes from my upbringing. My mother was a great cook, born and raised in the deep south. She loved making everything from Polish to Greek, Italian, Mexican, Cajun and Creole, and Chinese food, aside from traditional American dishes. She would often mix cuisines in one meal. One night we might have borscht with sauerkraut, and then baklava for dessert. Through her love for variety, I found the joy of experiencing new things and acquired a taste for many different spices and flavors.

The only Thai food I can recall having growing up is a red curry paste that I ate on eggs, but as an adult I never really had a good Thai restaurant around nor traveled to Thailand. It's sad that I've gone 40 years without incorporating this cuisine into my repertoire, and there are still so many I have not tried. The last time that Johnny and I were in New York, we ate at a Korean restaurant and it was wonderful. I love how different countries have their own unique palette of flavors and ingredients. It's funny to me how people often lump "Asian food" into one category, as if it all tastes the same. That's as silly as "European food". An Irish lamb stew is pretty different from French escargot!

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