Friday, August 16, 2019

Lee Krasner

There's a Lee Krasner show up at the Barbican in London right now that I wish I could go see. The ability to just magically pop down the block to various cultural venues around the world at will would be a handy super power to have, come to think of it. I mean, just look at this stuff! It's like candy. Makes me happy, even to view it through the digital window from afar.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Color Poem #94

it’s tempting to call it millennial pink as
that’s become the shorthand for all pale
and not bright pinks in our present murky
century and I’ll grant you it’s close but
there’s a muted-ness the millennial shade
carries that this washed-down paint mess
lacks an emphatic-ness here that’s insistent
unexpected like I’m for the ages this pink

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Cover Reveal: How Time Is On Your Side

My next book is coming out next spring and this is it's cover! Woo! It's about how we make time for the things that are important to us and I am so excited to share more about it with you as its publication gets closer. But for now I'll just leave it here in all it's blue and silver shimmery glory.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Current Joys

The other day on Swiss Miss I came across this quote:

“Talking about our problems is our greatest addiction. Break the habit. Talk about your joys.” -Rita Schiano

It reminded me of all the smart and great things Ingrid Fetel Lee has to say about joy (if you're not getting her newsletter I highly recommend it) and how challenging it can be to focus upon joy. How we think it's selfish or frivolous, especially during hard times (be those hard times personal or global). 

So my dear work-wife Christina and I decided to list our current joys. This feels especially important to me right now as I attempt, not always successfully, to take care of myself with the black dog of grief sitting on my chest. Of course, in keeping with that circumstance, my current joys tend to be rather low-impact, undemanding, comforting sorts of things. They are:

  • Patching a quilt made by my dad that I inherited from my mom and that needs some love, on Sunday mornings, while Bill and Mabel read the Sunday comics out loud
  • Drawing and painting
  • Working on my upcoming talk for Creative Mornings (October!)
  • Contemplating a drastic haircut
  • YA fiction (currently reading: the new Angie Thomas On the Come Up, and listening to The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro)
  • Ice cream at 9pm

Monday, August 12, 2019

Motor Home

When I was a kid my next door neighbors had a motor home and I was pretty obsessed with it. I wanted to live in one full-time when I grew up. I would be an artist. I would travel all around painting pictures on an easel. With my horse, obviously.

I made this picture in the spring of 2016. Looking at it today I notice a real concrete change to my style over the past three and a half years. If I drew the same thing now I would make all those brown stripes much straighter and neater than I did back then. This is not an entirely voluntary choice, nor am I sure it's an improvement. I may, in fact, like the old way better. But I'm not sure I could make one like this again if I tried. Things have just moved on. Huh.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Julia Kuhl

I love these watercolors by Juila Kuhl, from a recent show at Frosh & Potrmann. I'm a sucker for words in art, and for plaid in art, so their juxtaposition together is just perfect delicious fruit for my personal eyes and brain.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Color Poem #93

yet again the attempt
to capture the colors of
the hills and sky albeit this
time winter green and blue

yet again abject failure
and the knowing you will
surely try again and yet again