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Our Lassen Book Goes Into a Third Printing Today

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Thought I leave the crop marks and color bars on so you can see the process. Click to enlarge.

 

Today a newly revised and up-to-date book of ours was delivered to Lassen Volcanic National Park in Northern California. This is our third reprint of their most popular book, and it was fun to work on it again. To tell the truth, I haven’t even looked at it for a few seasons and when I came back to work on it again, I thought it was pretty good. I think there are about 100 paintings of mine scattered throughout, and it’s a very colorful publication. First published in a 2007, Nancy and I spent some fun times here learning about the park.

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Click to enlarge. This is the back cover.

It wasn’t the first time with us and Lassen, as I’ve painted a large visitor center mural, did some site guides (the sort you carry along with you as you hike around) and a bunch of other projects. It’s been a long and joyful ride with this place – where I first learned to cross-country ski on the icy park road sometime in the late 70’s.

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Least chipmunk – one of the illustrations in the book.

Thanks for reading this week.
Larry Eifert

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Lassen Volcanic National Park Guide

Many years ago, Nancy and I were doing field research along the Kenai River in Alaska for The Nature Conservancy. It was about as wonderful as life gets, and the mural that came of it is still there in the visitor center in Kenai. We were on that great gray river with Alaska State Parks interpreters, learning about the critters, moose, wolves, caribou. That was all easy stuff, but then there were the plants, and the Kenai area didn’t have a good book for any of that, so we had to buy a bunch of guides and piece the information together. I remember we paid around $125 for all of them, just to learn about a few plants – about what it costs for a bad hamburger up there. “Holly cow. We should write a guide for this place” said Ms Nancy – and so we did. That idea started a string of nature guides for many parks, from Badlands to Zion, Yosemite to the Redwoods, and I’d not be ashamed to say that a much larger company eventually came in and copied what we were doing. Oh who cares, it’s better to be the instagator than the copier. 

 

The past couple of weeks I’ve been revisiting this one for Lassen Volcanic National Park in Northern California. I have a long history of art projects for Lassen, including a mural, books and guides. This one is being revised and reprinted, and was so old it originally was PASTED UP, a term unknown in today’s page-design software programs or the kids who use them. So, I had to totally recreate it in digital form. It made me realize how complex these guides were when they were but pasted-up bits of paper on a board.

What you’re seeing here are two partial pages of the much larger guide, but you’ll get the idea. Click on either and they should enlarge so you can see details – and don’t tell me if you find a typo!! I’m telling you, I’ll track you down and give you such a dope slap – it’s already at the printer and the proof  has been approved. I’m just sayin’.

 

Thanks for reading this week.
Larry Eifert

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