Friday, September 14, 2018

Milton Avery's People

I've recently discovered, and fallen more than a little in love with, modernist painter Milton Avery's blocky people. Even more than their satisfyingly solid forms, and more than the world they evoke ( it's a very nice world of women talking and reading and making art and playing music and lounging and sewing and riding bikes and doing each other's hair and nursing babies - but it's tarnished a bit by the inevitable looming presence of the male gaze: these women seem to be alone together but of course they're not really, our boy Milton is there, hovering around behind his easel - not to mention the unrelenting whiteness typical of the period) I positively adore the color palette of these pictures. Here are a whole bunch of examples so you can see for yourself

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Color Poem #61

I was looking for the just right blue thread to
carefully carefully mend a rip in my brand new
favorite blue dress that

happened when I stood up on the bus and the
gap between my seat and the next one somehow
grabbed and pinched
the fabric at the back
of my skirt and
would not let go

neither the cobalt nor the sky nor the slate nor
the aqua was a just right perfect match but the

Wednesday, September 12, 2018


Hooray! The day has arrived when I get to show you all the books I edited for Chronicle Books' Fall 2018 list (known as F18 to its friends). I must say this is an amazing crop, and I feel enormously grateful to all these vastly talented authors and artists for trusting me to help bring their visions to life. Not to mention the in-house teams at Chronicle who simply kill it each and every time. Cheers all around! These books will be releasing throughout the fall (all will be out in time for your holiday shopping needs, just saying) and will be available wherever you like to buy books. Here's what's what:

The Art of Feminism: Images That Shaped the Fight for Equality 1857 - 2017 by Helena Reckitt 

Alex Prager: Silver Lake Drive by Alex Prager

We Inspire Me: Cultivate Your Creative Crew to Work, Play, and Make by Andrea Pippins

Ai Weiwei Yours Truly: Art, Human Rights, and the Power Of Writing a Letter by David Spalding

Wonders: Spectacular Moments in Nature Photography curated by Rhonda Rubinstein and the California Academy Of Sciences

1960Now: Photographs of Civil Rights Activists and Black Lives Matter Protests by Sheila Pree Bright

Writers and Their Cats by Alison Nastasi

Write Bold! Write in Color

What Good Shall I Do This Day: A Journal Inspired by Benjamin Franklin

Draw & Be Happy: Art Exercises to Bring You Joy by Tim A Shaw illustrated by Cachetejack

If you want to see previous seasons of things I've worked on, going all the way back the the Fall of 2011 (holy crap!), simply type the relevant season abbreviation (S18, F17, S17, F16, etc.) into the search box over there up on the right. Watch my photography skills devolve as you go back in time. Fun for the whole family!

Tuesday, September 11, 2018


I'm extremely excited to speaking at a LitQuake event this fall. LitQuake is San Francisco's annual literary festival, and it's an honor and an inspiration to get to be a part of it. I'll be in conversation with author and art historian Bridget Quinn at the San Francisco Center for the Book at 7pm on Tuesday October 16th, talking about writing, publishing, art, wearing many hats, and being a woman. 

Indeed, I realized that I've got so many exciting speaking and teaching gigs coming up, I broke down and finally added a speaking page to my website. Because, in addition to next week's CreativeLive class that I mentioned the other day, I'm also teaching another Publishing for Creatives workshop at Handcraft Studio School in El Cerrito on Saturday October 20th. Info and links for all these things can be found on the shiny new page right here

Monday, September 10, 2018

Rose Quartz

Flying high on the success of the amethyst shard and the malachite, I decided to undertake drawing a chunk of rose quartz I've had in my possession for many years. Well, rose quartz turned out to be a way more difficult thing to draw somehow. While I'm not 100% happy with the result, I share it anyway as food for thought.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Artadia Sites Unseen Walking Tour

Way back in the spring I went on a delightful walking tour of Yerba Buena alleyways hosted by Artadia. It was lead by Dorka Keehn, co-founder of Sites Unseen, and featured several public artworks that organization has put into place. The always utterly delightful artist (and, full disclosure, author of mine, and pal) Leah Rosenberg joined us to discuss her piece Local Color; we toured the various Barry McGee murals at the Moscone Center Garage; and got to enjoy Hank Willis Thomas' neon installation Love Over Rules just as dusk was gathering. One could easily make this walk all by one's own self, and I'd highly recommend doing so.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Color Poem #60

the chairs will be yellow
the yellow you want on
the foggiest mornings
the yellow your eyes
crave when it rains
magical yellow
electric jolt yellow
never-ending yellow
best friend to gray and
white yellow submarine
yellow ranunculus yellow

image source is here