Friday, May 26, 2017

Manet


I was particularly taken with these images by Ă‰douard Manet featured the other day over on my father's art blog Spencer Alley. They made me realize again something I apparently need to realize over and over again, which is that I actually do really like Impressionism -- I just need to see paintings I haven't already seen a million times before in order to access a pure and fresh enjoyment of their lovely and revolutionary qualities (as opposed to the masterpieces that have been so cliche-ified by coffee mugs and mouse pads and dentist office framed posters that it's nearly impossible to actually see them at all).






Thursday, May 25, 2017

Color Poem #11



mabel has those bath crayons made of soap for
drawing on the porcelain and tile around the tub

a dozen bright colors she uses to make spirals and
people then wipe them away with her washcloth

but in one spot now
some color clings in a
vertical line of grout

a vibrant periwinkle
that resists removal


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

How Art Can Make You Happy on Instagram


One of the great many delightful things since my books have been published has been watching delightful people -- some friends, some creatives I work with, some complete strangers -- post images of How Art Can Make You Happy on Instagram. The images are gorgeous and frequently show how art makes the person in question happy. I love it. Here's a sampling!

Image above: Jen Jacobs (including some of her stunning new paintings)


Martha Rich


Kelly Beall


Leah Rosenberg (this one is actually a still from an amazing tiny video of the book Leah made!)


Case for Making


Art Lab Pins


Carissa Potter


Danny Gregory


Drop Forge & Tool


Helen Davis


Kelly Hieronymus


Lisa Solomon


Olivia Locher


Rae Dunn


Sara Barnes


Sonya Philip


Sous Commandant


Sophie Blackall


Susannah Conway


Nao Nagamura


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Being a Part of Artists Take Action


I was so very honored and inspired to take part in May's Artists Take Action auction. My drawing of a milk carton was among nine things auctioned off, with all proceeds -- over $1500 total! -- going directly to Meals on Wheels. I've talked before about how much I love and admire this endeavor, so to get to take part in it as an art-maker was incredibly exciting.


Monday, May 22, 2017

Afternoon Snack


I remember so vividly the child dressed like this at a year-and-a-half old -- in a borrowed fleece jacket, too-long jeans, and the softest white lambkin hat -- how can this be more than five years ago? HOW?! The mystery of the universe.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Art Market SF


Art Market San Francisco was extra good this year. From the moment you walked in and were greeted by Lisa Solomon's 1000 knots installation (detail above, shown in its entirety below) you knew you were in for a treat. Here is an entirely subjective sampling of stuff I liked --



Kindah Khalidy


Phil Shaw


Phil Shaw (detail)


Damien Hirst


Damien Hirst


Eduardo Sarabia


Butch Anthony


Dave Eggers


Bobbie Burgers


Chris Gwaltney


Gary Komarin


John Halcomb


Barbara MacFarlane


Xenia Hausner


Davis Cone


Brian Rutenberg


Jasmina Danowski


Kindah Khalidy


David Becker


Suzan Woodruff (detail)


Alexander Kori Girard


Micah Crandall-Bear


Pierre Marie Brisson


Jim Christensen