Category: graphic design

Water Photomontage

One of my favorite things to do is to create Photomontages.  This one  composed of four images is called Healing Water Meditation. I have been creating photo montages since my film days . Back then I sandwiched negatives together in the dark room. Today most of the work in done in my digital darkroom with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and/or Painter.

photomontage of healing water meditation

Bidwell Park

Love Bidwell Park. The park was established July 10, 1905 through the donation by Annie Bidwell of approximately 2,500 acres of land to the City of Chico. Since that time, the City has purchased additional land, such as Cedar Grove in 1922, and 1,200 acresof land south of Big Chico Creek in upper Bidwell Park in 1995. Today, the total Park size is 3,670 acres, nearly 11 miles in length, making it the third largest municipal park in California and one of the 25 largest city parks in the United States.

panorama image of bidwell park in chico ca

Above is the panorama of one mile park that I did in 2005. Click the image to view a larger photo. Over the years the park has given me a plethora of memories. Unfortunately since the budget cuts and staff reductions have reduced services and hours that park gates and other facilities are open.

A new year! TwentyFourteen!

Wow did 2013 go by fast or what? Yikes each year seems to speed by faster and faster. Lots of changes for us in 2013. We sold our home in Paradise and moved back to Chico. Then close to the end of the year we sold our building on the Skyway and decided to work from home. Click this link to see a test sample of my latest web project for Sierra-Hall in Paradise CA.

Finally finished a book cover

Been working on a cover for a book by my dear dad. It’s called Debt Cri$e$. It will soon be for sale on Amazon Books. Volia here is the front and back. The back is on the left of course this is how it is submitted to the printer. On to the next project.

Debt Crises by VictorHatch Cover for upcoming book to be sold on Amazon

Latest Creation

One day I decided to work on something more creative that I hadn’t done in a very long time. Voila my stress relieving design, kind of a self portrait called Magical Chaos.

very colorful collage photograph called magical chaos by vicki tomatis

A long time……..

It has been a long time since I have posted. My resolution was to try to post at least once a month. Ah…..  time keeps on slipping into the future. My intentions are good. So much has changed for us this last year. The studio has survived the economic downturn. We are still here! Yeah!! We love what we do and hope to keep changing with the times.  New products on the horizon are iphone covers with personalized with your photos. Tell us what you would like to see. I have not kept this website up to date because I have been busy helping others keep theirs up to date. I know excuses, excuses, my bad.

Here a sign I just created recently for a local non profit, California Vocations. They have opened a new Thrift Store.

The Treasure Cove Thrift Store Sign Paradise California

Relay for Life

panorama photo of relay for life luminaria ceremony in Paradise CA

Luminaria Ceremony Relay for Life

The Relay for Life is very personal to us. We have had a lot of friends and family lose their battle to cancer. Pictured in the panorama below are a few. Unfortunately each year the list grows. Luckily there are also survivors in our life.

This fundraiser gives us this unique opportunity to celebrate the lives of all those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and support the American Cancer Society’s lifesaving mission by fighting back against a disease that has already taken too much. If you want to donate click here to go to our personal page for Relay for Life in Paradise CA.

panorama photo of friends who lost their lives to cancer

Album Art

I love album art. I still have quite a collection of albums. Some of my favorites covers are The Beatles, one particular favorite is from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. From Wikipedia:

In 1938, Columbia records hired Alex Steinweiss as its first art director. He is credited with inventing the concept of album covers and cover art, replacing plain covers used before. After his initial efforts at Columbia, other record companies followed his lead. By the late 1940s, record albums for all the major companies featured their own colorful paper covers in both 10-inch and 12-inch sizes. Some featured reproductions of classic art while others utilized original designs.

This blog topic was inspired by another blog I read frequently by John McWade of Before and After. What is your favorite Album Cover? CD cover?

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