Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Manuscript in!

The other day I completed and turned in the manuscript for my next book project! It's a follow-up to How Art Can Make You Happy, but on a completely different topic, and will come out from Chronicle Books in the Fall of next year. This one was a bit of a race to get finished, and when it was done we celebrated with pink champagne. 

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Sumber Party

We were so bold has to have a tiny sleepover party for Mabel's birthday in our very small apartment this past weekend. We've never been outnumbered by children at home before, but it was all a great success. Dancing, crafts, ice cream sundaes, story time, and the surprise hit activity of decorating the dinner table with glitter and fake flower petals, not to mention, of course chattering and giggling away in sleeping bags until 9:45 were all indulged in with great pleasure.

Monday, August 13, 2018


I drew some malachite, a stone I've been thinking about a lot this summer. Drawing it turned out to be remarkably challenging, but also remarkably fun.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Jim Campbell: Tilted Plane

There is a whole lot to be said for going with several people you like to see Jim Campell's installation Tilted Plane at SFMOMA before it closes in September. This is one of those artworks that's both somewhat hard to describe and also somewhat hard to convey fully in photography (and no photos are allowed while you're inside of it). Here's what the museum's website has to say about it:

"Renowned San Francisco–based artist Jim Campbell’s mesmerizing light installation Tilted Plane (2011) explores the threshold of perception. The immersive work features a suspended grid of hundreds of incandescent bulbs whose filaments have been replaced by custom LEDs. Each light represents a “pixel” of information from an ultra-low-resolution moving image of birds in flight. Visitors are invited to step inside the room-sized artwork to experience the angled image plane from different perspectives and see how the flickering patterns of light may be discerned as shadowy forms in motion."

I'd say that both gets at, and does not get at, the magic of standing within this dimly lit space while this angled field of lights, arranged in quincunx rows wide enough to walk between, gently twinkles all around you like soft stars.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Color Poem #57

pale green leads the way
deep green co-creates
darkest green emboldens

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Teaching at Handcraft Studio School

On Saturday I taught my Publishing for Creatives class at Handcraft Studio School, a very cool workshop venue that just happens to be in my very own hometown of of El Cerrito. I only took photos while we were setting up (because once the class got started I was far too busy chatting about publishing), but they do give you an idea of how utterly charming a place it is - from the decor to the refreshments right down to the Kindah Khalidy mural in the bathroom. And you get to see my little materials set-ups (featuring Chronicle Books notebooks with art by Hartland Brooklyn, Rifle Paper Co., Jane Kim, Virginia Johnson, and others) of which I am inordinately proud.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Sunday Outing

Usually my family goes elsewhere on Sunday afternoons and I get work done writing books and stuff. But having recently turned in a manuscript I am a bit more free and easy at the moment, so Mabel and I had a ladies' day out this weekend. We had coffee (well, chocolate milk and cookies for her) and watched the passing parade. And I officially indoctrinated her into one of my own great childhood pleasures: Archie comics! And we went to the museum and found a new piece of art by an artist neither of us had ever seen before: Elizabeth Murray. It was great.