Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Ladies Drawing Night SF Continues

Had a gathering of the SF chapter of Ladies Drawing Night last night. We drew in our sketchbooks and it was quite lovely. And here, below, are a few images from other recent iterations of this ritual.

Having a Bottle

It took some doing, back in the day, to convince baby Mabel to start drinking from a bottle. I feel this fact is reflected in the skeptical glance she's giving the me behind the camera, here, as she does so.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Freeman Lau at Civic Center

The other evening I happened to stumble upon Freeman Lau's installation of enormous lit-from-within lantern/vase hybrid sculptures on Civic Center Plaza. They were a thing to behold. I love it when there are these art installations there (like Hung Yi's Fancy Animal Carnival a few years back, or those giant light-up bunnies everyone was talking about but which somehow I missed out on seeing, drat). Large numbers of people just amble around soaking art up with their eyeballs in public. It's grand. And in this case it didn't hurt that City Hall was all decked out in red and gold lights for Lunar New Year in the background. Or that even way off further behind that we had Venus winking at us, top of frame.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

A Poem Mystery

Taking a tiny hiatus from my own current poems project this week, I was going to regale you with an old favorite poem of mine that I swear to god is either by Frank O'Hara or e. e. cummings. Snatches of it are clear in my mind, but after ten solid minutes of googling I've come up empty-handed. I'm almost positive it contains a reference to someone (proper name) hitting someone else (proper name) "with an uppercut" and either the whole thing ends, or perhaps only a stanza ends, with something very similar if not identical to: "and everybody I suppose thought Lucinda looked like Rose." If anyone on this green earth knows this poem and can tell me what it is I would be hugely grateful!

image by Melanie Biehle

Wednesday, February 15, 2017


I can hardly overstate the power and inspiration contained in March books one through three, by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, art by Nate Powell. Though we all know about most of the historical events depicted here, the evocative impact of having them told in the first person by someone who lived them, and illustrated in graphic novel style, can hardly be overstated. Time and again in recent weeks I've heard people who did not live through this era report what I myself experienced: that these books bring things home in a way no previous account of the events of the Civil Rights Movement--and the abominable conditions that precipitated it--has done. Read them. Read them immediately.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day!

Every year a few weeks before Valentine's Day we host a little party for Mabel's Grandpa's birthday. At this party we (Mabel and her parents and her grandparents) make a particular type of collage valentine that my family has been making ever since I was a little kid. The physical form is set, but each person has evolved their own style, with new ideas and departures cropping up each new year. It is great fun. Here are this year's results, plus a scene of creation, plus some valentine-color-scheme ranunculus just to send you extra love today.

Monday, February 13, 2017

In a Sundress in a Sunbeam

Because, really, don't we all need more happy baby polaroids in our lives?

Friday, February 10, 2017

Vashti Harrison

I'm pretty obsessed lately with Vashti Harrison's illustrations of cute, slightly nerdy girls of color living disney princess lives.

Thursday, February 9, 2017


You guys! I have a website! Head on over to bridgetwatsonpayne.com where you will find info about my writing, my drawings, my work as an editor, a bio page featuring my brand new shiny author photo, and of course a link back to this very blog. I am inordinately pleased with the result. Check it out!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Poem #23


the weight of
her falling
asleep in
my arms

heavy like
water yet
lighter than

image source is here

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Astro Poets

Have fallen deeply in love with the twitter feed Astro Poets. Astrology by actual poets! They are warm and lovely to all signs, also harsh to all signs (Moscow?! ouch), politically engaged, and always always hilarious. I'm including some of my favorite readings for my own sign here (which, I have a sneaking feeling, they'd say is a classically Capricorn thing to do), but I highly urge you to hop over there and read the ones for your sign. Heck, read it all! It will make you happy.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Getting Ready for Next Week

O.M.G. Just look at this adorable baby, almost exactly six years ago, preparing to launch into the odyssey that is eating solid food by gnawing on the baby cereal  box. I cannot get over it.

Friday, February 3, 2017

The Turner Prize Show

Yep, still uncovering more from last Fall's trip to London! I'm not sure if I've mentioned that several of the best shows I saw did not allow photography and so can't really be featured properly here at all. But this one did, and it was fab. The Turner Prize Show at the Tate Britain featured the work of the four prize finalists, all of which, interestingly, involved elements of sculpture and/or installation. The winner had not yet been announced when I was there, but it has now, so we'll start there. Above and below:

Helen Marten (Turner Prize 2016 winner)

Anthea Hamilton:

Josephine Pryde:

Michael Dean: