Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Halloween 2017

I know, I know, it's nearly Christmas. But what with all my November travel I somehow never posted here about Halloween! An oversight that must be rectified. Mabel, deep in her Harry Potter obsession (and with her keen eye for always being the most impressive and powerful figure of all) decided to be Dumbledore. That meant Bill and I needed to be Dumbledore's friends. But, if you think about it, it's actually rather sad: Dumbledore doesn't have that many friends. But we figured it out: Bill was Hagrid and I was Fawkes the phoenix. Our friends who always kindly host us in their neighborhood for trick-or-treating were, respectively: Wonder Woman, Lucas from Stranger Things, Sally from the Nightmare Before Christmas, and Gandalf (so we had wizards squared). Another amazing friend crafted Mabel an exquisite home-made wand, so impressive it warranted its own special photo.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Four Things

Am working away on the very big and special project I mentioned the other week. And here are the latest four drawings for it: car stereo, sweater, bike, flowers.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Artists Take Action Holiday Auction

I was way far on beyond honored to be asked to participate in Artists Take Action's one-year anniversary holiday auction, which is going on right this very minute over on their Instagram feed.

You bid live in the comments of the images of each artwork; and if you win you donate your bid straight to Americares who are doing great work to help with recovery from the hurricanes in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico, and the wildfires in Northern and Southern California. We've raised over $2000 dollars so far, and the auction goes until 6:30 pm Pacific Time this evening (Friday, Dec 8th).

Here are the rock-star artists (plus me) whose work you can bid on (from left to right, top to bottom, above):


I'm not going to post all their images big (though mine is at the bottom of this post as a matter of record). You have to go over to Artists Take Action to see them. Because I know once you're there you'll mostly be unable not to bid. God speed!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Color Poem #31

browsing online street fashion images
of brilliantly colored and color combined
blazers, pants suits, blouses, trousers, socks

kelly and russet
lemon and aqua
carnation and scarlet
lavender and apricot
ochre and aubergine

nothing here says oh don’t mind me I’m
just some weirdo you don’t need to worry about
here we’ve got hues saying go ahead mind go ahead worry

image source is here

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Speaking at the Book Manufacturer's Institute & Catching a Glimpse of Miami

After New York I went to Miami (where you really do find coconuts just lying around on the ground!), for all of about eighteen hours, to speak at the annual conference of the Book Manufacturer's Institute. This is a professional organization of printers, paper-makers, book-binders and other folks who manufacture books. I talked with them about being an art book editor at Chronicle Books, about the powerful alchemy of the book as physical object, and about the values and creative magic it takes to achieve that alchemy. Not only were they a delightful audience, but they also put me up in the extremely swanky hotel where the conference was being held (seriously, you could have fit about five of my nyc hotel room into my Miami hotel room! see below). Before I had to hop back on a plane for home, I had an afternoon to look at some art (coming soon to an Art Friday near you) and see a tiny smidge of the city.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

My Sketchbook Skool Klass!

I'm super honored to be teaching a video "kourse" on How Art Can Make You Happy with amazing online class purveyor Sketchbook Skool. You can register for it here, or watch the trailer below!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Half a Dozen Things

Back at the start of the Fall I took a one-week-long mini-sabbatical to work on my writing and drawings. Here are a few of the things I made then: F-Car, colored tights, kitchen knives, Saltwater sandals, coffee, spoons.