Thursday, February 21, 2019

Color Poem #76




the pink pearl in all its clean and spongy trapezoidal newness
smelling of school days and exuding a pink that’s nowhere else
a pink that abuts salmon and bubble gum and coral and hope
but is none of those is its own self and nothing else is erasure



Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Alt Summit!


I'm speaking at Alt Summit in Palm Springs next month! This massive, colorful, design-y conference is one I've long wanted to visit, and now to have the chance to go there as an "Expert Desk" person is pretty keen. Basically this means I'll sit at a desk for ninety minutes, and folks can come chat with me for a few minutes each and pitch me their book ideas. Then I get to swan around Palm Springs for a couple of days oohing and ah'ing at the architecture, listening to all the great speakers, meeting folks and being impressed at what I'm anticipating will be the generally high fashion level of the attendees. The event is a whole week long and absolutely jam-packed with impressive programming, so tickets are not cheap. So while I'm not going to presume to urge anyone to go -- if you do happen to be going maybe I'll see you there!







Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Career Day


I got to participate in one of JCYC's middle school Career Days last week and it was a truly inspirational experience. I talked to two sixth grade classes at Roosevelt Middle School about careers in book publishing and editorial (for those of you who don't know me personally: when I'm not running Open Studio or being an author and artist, I'm busy with my career as an art book editor at Chronicle Books) and man oh man were these kids on top of it! I haven't spent much time with middle school kids, and sixth graders pretty much still look like small children, right? But it turns out they've basically got the brains of teenagers. They asked the best questions! I was supposed to be there to inspire them, but I think they inspired me just as much if not more. If you're engaged in an interesting career in San Francisco, I would very much recommend reaching out to this great organization to participate in one of these wonderful activities.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Sweet Potato and Morning Glory


The sweet potato is related to the morning glory. This drawing is from a few years back and I'm honestly not entirely satisfied with it, but I do still absolutely love this as a science fact.

Friday, February 15, 2019

A Legacy of Ancient Oaks by Mark Frith


At Kew Gardens last month there was also this exquisite art show of supremely intricate graphite drawings of ancient oak trees by Mark Frith, presented in the relatively humble but very pleasing Shirley Sherwood Gallery (pictured just below). This is is a post where I'd recommend clicking the images up as large as they'll go (the drawings themselves are probably each about five feet across in life) to see the fineness of the details. Frith's pieces were simply the sort of artworks that stop you in your tracks, agape.







Thursday, February 14, 2019

Color Poem #75



on valentines
day i gave in to
the temptation
of fun putting on
new jackie pink pants
and a strawberry teeshirt



Wednesday, February 13, 2019

S19!


Hooray! It's here! The day I get to show you everything I edited for Chronicle Book's Spring 2019 season. I love this day. Everything is so fresh and so pretty and I get to reflect on the amazing bunch of super talented authors and artists I was lucky enough to work with this time around. Here's what's here:


Feck Perfuction: Dangerous Ideas on the Business of Life by James Victore


Moon Notes 20 different notecards featuring photographs from the archives of NASA


All Hail the Queen: Twenty Women Who Ruled by Jennifer Orkin Lewis, written by Shweta Jha


Collect Moments Not Things: A Travel Journal by Sandrine Kerfante


Delicious Metropolis: The Desserts and Urban Scenes of Wayne Thiebaud


In Pursuit of Inspiration: Trust Your Instincts and Make More Art by Rae Dunn


Death Wins a Goldfish: Reflections from a Grim Reaper's Yearlong Sabbatical by Brian Rea


Just Because I'm Doodling Doesn't Mean I'm Not Working: Take Notes and Doodle in the Margins


The Future is Feminist: Radical, Funny, and Inspiring Writing by Women


Joy! Photographs of Life's Happiest Moments by Bruce Velick


Brian Eno: Visual Music by Christopher Scoats