Friday, October 12, 2018

Anna Hoyle

Anna Hoyle's book paintings are freaking hilarious. The time I saw "My Clothes Hate Me: The Collar is Sharp" I actually guffawed out loud. It's not just that the text content is wry and weird and wonderful, or that the faux fifties book aesthetic is so spot on -- it's some alchemical marriage of those two things adding up to more than the sum of their parts. And now you can laugh along too.
(First discovered on the always great Design Crush)

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Color Poem #64

been spending way more time
in black and white just lately
than usual except of course
for the fact that when you
photograph white paper
in imperfect light it does
not come out white but
rather a strange grayish
palest of faded reds

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The Return of Bridget x Birdget!

Last summer the remarkable Bridget Quinn and I got to sign books together at the De Young Museum shop (as seen above) and that was great fun. Next Tuesday we'll be reunited to speak together at Litquake on matters of art, writing, history, literature, authorship, publishing, podcasting, business-starting, and feminism. Bridget² is a pretty boisterous act, and this event promises to be a darn good time. It's at 7pm next Tuesday the 16th at the San Francisco Center for the Book. Tickets are free, strongly encouraged, and available right here.  


Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Inktober 2018 - The First Week

I'm doing the Inktober drawing challenge this year -- wherein you make one ink drawing a day for the whole month of October. So far it's been very inspiring, and both fun and challenging. Without color to rely on I have to do things I'm not accustomed to like crosshatching and shading. It's a chance to work on skills, and also just an impetus to draw more that I'd otherwise currently be drawing. I really like it. Just to make things simpler, I've been going with the official list of prompts provided by challenge creator Jake Parker, though there's no requirement that one do so. Here's what I drew in the first week:

Day 1: Poisonous -- a raw potato

Day 2: Tranquil -- headphones for listening to audiobooks

Day 3: Roasted -- a roasted brussles sprout (cut in half before roasting, as they tend to be)

Day 4: Spell -- the bane of my childhood, the Friday spelling test

Day 5: Chicken -- self-explanatory

Day 6: Drooling -- sprinkle doughnut

Day 7: Exhausted -- my pillow

Monday, October 8, 2018

Sea Glass on Canvas

I've been trying out what it would be like to work just with paint, on canvas. These are meant to be -- or at least are loosely inspired by -- arrangements of sea glass. I am not yet certain what I think of them.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Employee Art Show 2018

It's the annual Chronicle Books Employee Art Show! Always a good day. Some of my favorite things this year were Riza Cruz's impeccable tiny paper sculptures (above).


Ashley Despain

Madeline Moe

Alina Buevich

Joyce Tomas

Terri Lancaster

Sandy Frank

Victoria Chao

Alice Robertson

Scott Haney

Sarah Van Cleave

Jenna Homan

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Color Poem #63

it’s an old french color
milk paint and emulsion
verdigris and the cold
waves of la manche