Wednesday, August 16, 2017

My NEW Book Projects!

I am very excited and proud to announce that I've recently closed deals with my publisher to write two new books! One will be a sequel to the Secret Art of Being a Grown-Up. The other will be a guided journal (you know, where there are prompts to write about and you fill in the blanks?) that I not only will write but will also illustrate! I am over-the-moon delighted! Both are currently slated to come out from Chronicle Books in Spring of 2019 (which seems like a long way off -- but when you consider that I've once again somehow managed to get myself in the position of creating, and then releasing, two different projects at the same time, I'm pretty darn glad to have the time!).

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Golden Gate Bridge

The other day we took a family walk across the Golden Gate Bridge (or, well, what I've always meant every time I ever walked "across" the bridge, which is actually: out to the midpoint and back). Mabel had been wanting to go and was utterly delighted with it. We saw a boat race and drank buckets of coffee and hot chocolate and Bill particularly liked the stencil demarcating the pedestrian area with the man in the jaunty hat holding the hand of his very small daughter. A good time was had by all.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Strawberry Jam and Red Stapler

I had the chance to do a lot of drawing over the weekend, including these two images for next year's art show of Bonne Maman Strawberry Preserves and the classic red Swingline stapler. Sneak peek!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Nooworks Cheetahs

In my humble opinion this cheetah print from Nooworks is a work of art.

(photo credits at bottom of post)

image credits:
Living Collective
Maple Street Denim
Jen Gotch

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Color Poem #20

just get a load of
this ocean color
what is it even?

not a blue not a green
guess we’ll go with gray
or maybe call it pewter

except that somehow
it has green and blue
buried in its depths

you can’t see those
colors but you can
almost see them

lurking just behind
almost black silver
they’re down there

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The Not-So Secret Art of How Press Can Keep On Making You Happy

It continues to amaze me, but me and my two books continue to get loads of cool publicity. Since I rounded up the fistful of hits for How Art Can Make You Happy here, a bunch of other neat stuff has happened for both that book and The Secret Art of Being a Grown-Up:

KTVU Mornings on 2

Scholastic Teacher

Portland Press Herald, Portland Maine, Bestseller List

Design Crush

Today is Going to Be Awesome (part 1, part 2)

Swiss Miss

Etsy Blog

Oliver Bonas Blog

Hollywood and West Napa on KSVY Sonoma

The GrottoPod

And I was also featured in this San Francisco Chronicle article about the 50th anniversary of Chronicle Books (from which comes the top photo, above)

It's gotten to the point where I've actually set up a press page for my website. Which, I must admit, is not a sentence I ever envisioned myself typing. But there you go. Just goes to show you never know what might happen.

Photo credits:

top - Pete Prato
middle - Chronicle Books Instagram
bottom - yours truly

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Puerto Vallarta

We took a vacation to Mexico the other week. We stayed at a resort called Garza Blanca, about twenty minutes south of Puerto Vallarta. One day we went into the town to explore, but the rest of the time we spent at the resort, lounging and swimming at the pool or the beach. I've never in my life taken one of those lie-on-the-beach-and-do-nothing type vacations before -- our usual travel M.O. being to tromp happily around the glories of some major city, or occasionally the countryside -- and I must say I now see what all the fuss is about. It was a fabulously relaxing time. I feel spoiled and lucky to have gotten to do it. And now, when I'm bonkers busy at work or whatnot, I can summon within my soul those sunsets and pina-coladas and the salt in my hair, and almost feel my blood pressure palpably lowering.