Photo of the Day: Dan McCarthy's Glow-in-the-Dark "Growing" Tree
"Cause I love you so and you're so good to me, I'm gonna plant a magnolia tree. It will grow tall and we will grow old. Then I'll dig us a deep, wide hole, under the magnolia tree." - Truckstop Honeymoon.
Massachusetts-based artist, Dan McCarthy's "Growing" screen print is one of my favorite of his 2012 collection. It is printed using glow-in-the-dark ink, so there are different images in the light and dark.
It reminds me of one of my favorite songs by one of my favorite bands, Magnolia Tree by Truckstop Honeymoon, which tells the story of a tree and couple growing old together. Hear it below:
If you've ever planted a tree and seen it grow over years or decades, you might share my appreciation for both this art print and song. There's something amazing to watch a seed or sapling turn into something so tall and strong. And it is also sad when those aged trees succumb to weather as we saw this week due to Hurricane Sandy. So, as a tribute to all of you that may have lost a favorite tree in your yard or neighborhood today's photo of the day goes out to you. And as the saying goes, the best time to plant a tree is 30 years ago. The second best time to plant one is today.
If you're interested in McCarthy's work, he produces a new limited-run screen print each month, which he sells from his website. They sell out almost immediately, so if you like his work, I highly suggest joining his mailing list to learn about new prints are available.