Friday, November 22, 2019

Kindah Khalidy "Soft Serve" at Chandran Gallery

I am one hundred percent obsessed with Kindah Khalidy's new show, Soft Serve, at Chandran Gallery. The great big scale of the pieces, the way Khalidy creates and manipulates and layers shapes, the kaleidoscopic color palette. All of it is perfectly tailored to make me almost giddily happy. Normally, when I see an art show, I take photos of the pieces I like best (both to share with you here, and to help me remember them for my own self) -- suffice to say, in this case that practice meant taking a photo of every single picture in the show, plus a few detail shots. Here for you. Enjoy!

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Color Poem #104

this shade of blue sky goes with a mid-november coolness on the skin
a quality of air made of sunlight and crispness and light breeze that
is the perfect autumnal stuff to walk through on a fall afternoon

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Book Covers

I drew some favorite book covers for the upcoming Chronicle Books Holiday Craft Fair, where the many talented folks around this joint sell stuff they've made. I've never sold my drawings there before, but I figure if publishing types will slap down their hard-earned cash for anything, it's likely to be things like these. I made these on half-sheets of paper, which was a new thing for me, and I'm pleased about how they came out.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

PINK SF Opening Party

The opening party for PINK SF was the other night and it was a pure delight. The show happens to be housed at the shop of my old pal Patti (that's her in the bottom photo) Industrious Life. Folks were buying up gorgeous artworks left and right (that's mine with the pink pens on the green background above, and it is still available!) with all proceeds benefiting Stacey Abrams' Fair Fight. Plus there were really pretty cakes. Thanks, Pen & Ink Brigade, for having me!

Monday, November 18, 2019

Trash Bags

This drawing of trash bags is the first one I've ever made on black paper. It's also the first fully-realized piece I've ever made that has no color in it. I like it anyway.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Helen Frankenthaler at Berggruen Gallery

Good god, people, do I ever love the Helen Frankenthaler show currently up at Berggruen Gallery. It was supposed to close last week, but has been extended until early December. If you're local, I urge you in the strongest terms to run, not walk, your butt over there to see it. Berggruen is just across the street from SFMOMA so you could make a whole art day of it if you wanted. But it would be well worth the trip all on its own. As much as they are fun to look at in reproductions, Frankenthaler's gigantic luminous canvases are a whole different experience in person. They glow. Their shapes-which-are-not-shapes please my eyes like just about nothing else. I hope they do yours, too.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Color Poem #103

the first time
she skates on
her own she’s
in blue jeans
and a little pink
tee shirt the
color of coral